SPE picks best papers for 2012 automotive composites conference

The SPE has picked the Best Paper Award winners for the Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE): Duane Emerson, Christoph Greb and Dr. Jan Seyfarth.

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The organizing committee for the SPE (Troy, Mich., USA) Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) announced on Aug. 19 the Best Paper Award winners for the group’s 12th-annual show, Sept. 11-13, 2012, at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, Mich.

Three winners – two from industry and one from academia – who received the highest average ratings by conference peer reviewers out of a field of more than 70 contenders will be honored for excellence in technical writing during opening ceremonies. Honorees are Duane Emerson, senior applications engineer – Composites Strategic Programs Group with Ticona Engineering Polymers and Christoph Greb, deputy head of Composites, Institut für Textiltechnik (Institute for Textile Technology) at RWTH Aachen University, who both tied for first place in this year’s competition. Dr. Jan Seyfarth, DIGIMAT product manager at e-Xstream engineering, came in second place.

Emerson will present a paper entitled, "Using Unidirectional Glass Tapes to Improve Impact Performance of Thermoplastic Composites in Automotive Applications in the Advances in Thermoplastic Composites" session on Sept.13 from 8:30-9:00 a.m.

Greb will present a paper entitled, "Economic Potential of Single- & Multi-Step Preforming for Large-Scale Production of Automotive Composite Structure in the Preforming Technologies" on Sept. 12 from 9:00-9:30 a.m. 

Seyfarth is lead author on a paper entitled, "Stiffness, Failure & Fatigue of Fiber Reinforced Plastics" that will be presented by co-author Roger Assaker in the Virtual Prototyping & Testing of Composites session on September 13 from 8:30- 9:00 a.m.

For more information about the SPE ACCE, visit the Automotive Division’s website at speautomotive.com/comp.htm, or the Composites’ Division website at compositeshelp.com, or contact the group at +1 248-244-8993.

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