The M.C. Gill Composites Center at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California), under the direction of Prof. Steven Nutt, conducts research on fundamental and applied aspects of the design, manufacture and performance of composite materials and structures. With a team of more than 30 students and professional researchers from eight countries, the Center provides a range of expertise that includes specialized skills in mechanics, polymer science and manufacturing technology. Three people from the Center will discuss their research at CAMX. Ph.D. candidates Daniel Kim and Bo Jin are participating in the SAMPE University Research Symposium, where they will present work on modeling and monitoring of the effects of out-time and humidity on out-of-autoclave (OOA) prepreg and the reuse and recycling of carbon fiber/epoxy composites in the form of oriented strand board, respectively. Later in the week, research assistant professor Timotei Centea will present findings on the effects of cure pressure and temperature on the behavior of film adhesive in honeycomb core sandwich structures.
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When humans do finally travel to Mars, they will have to be well protected from a less-than-hospitable environment. The suit designed to do the job is already in development at NASA, and it relies heavily on composites.