SAMPE 2009: News and notes

SAMPE 2009 was in Baltimore, Md., May 18-21, back along the city's Inner Harbor for the second time.

SAMPE 2009 was in Baltimore, Md., May 18-21, back along the city's Inner Harbor for the second time. Following are news and notes from the show. Look for a more complete report of news and new products in the July issue of High-Performance Composites magazine.

Once again, as in other recent conferences, a great deal of emphasis was placed on non-autoclave manufacturing strategies. A paper presented by Tom Tsotsis, a Fellow at The Boeing Co. (Seattle, Wash.), described Boeing’s CAPRI (Controlled Atmospheric Pressure Resin Infusion) method for aerospace parts, and it was standing room only in the sessions related to out-of-autoclave materials.

Dr. Tom Juska of Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) Penn State discussed the “new infusion,” in which he vacuum bags and oven cures prepreg materials similar to resin film infusion for large naval structures – his paper was voted the SAMPE Outstanding Paper at the conference.

A lot of interest was expressed in wind energy, and well-known keynote speaker, Dr. James Walker, a board member of renewable energy company enXco (Escondido, Calif.), presented interesting statistics on the future of wind and the outlook for ongoing development. In all, more than 50 separate sessions of technical papers offered conference-goers a wealth of information.

SAMPE hosted for the 12th year the student bridge- and wing-building competition. There were more than 70 entries this year representing 18 colleges and universities. Competitions were held for kit carbon fiber bridges, non-kit carbon fiber bridges, glass fiber bridges, natural fiber bridges, and carbon fiber wings. Teams gathered on the show floor on the expo's first day, watching their creations stressed on a Tinius Olson testing machine. Winners were: Carbon fiber bridge kit, U.S. Naval Academy; carbon fiber bridge non-kit, University of Washington; natural fibers bridge, University of Washington; glass fiber bridge kit, U.S. Naval Academy; any-material wing, University of Maryland. High-Performance Composites magazine was a sponsor of the event.