Composites industry professionals from around the world took home technical insights, information and ideas from the High Performance Fibers 2008 conference, held Oct. 28-29 in Charleston, S.C. The conference, organized by COMPOSITESWORLD Conferences, was co-chaired by Dana Granville, weapons and materials research directorate, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, and David Carlson, sales manager, ballistics, Teijin Aramid USA. More than 90 attendees from North America, Europe, Russia and Asia were treated to program high in fiber content, including a seminar, keynote speech and 18 diverse technical presentations.
In his comments formally opening the conference, Granville noted that fiber-reinforced composites in military applications continue to see robust growth, primarily as a result of increasing knowledge of the materials as well as new design capabilities. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, for example, will be 40 percent composites, and the U.S. Navy is planning to significantly increase the amount of composites, primarily glass, in the manufacture of ships such as the DDG-1000 Zumwalt/DD(X). Granville also reported that the U.S. Army is on a mission to lighten heavily-armored combat vehicles through expanded use of fiber-filled materials. The goal is to build lighter combat vehicles that use less fuel and are C-130 transportable.
Look for a full report on the conference in the January 2009 issue of High-Performance Composites magazine. Also, don't forget that the Carbon Fiber 2008 is upcoming, Dec. 8-10, also at the Charleston Marriott Hotel in Charleston, S.C. Visit www.compositesworld.com/cf for more information.