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11/16/2015 | 1 MINUTE READ

At Carbon Fiber 2015: The outlook for low-cost carbon fiber

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Dan Pichler will evaluate the carbon fiber manufacturing value chain and assess the potential for the development of the low-cost carbon fiber that the composites industry covets.

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CompositesWorld's annual Carbon Fiber conference, Dec. 8-10 in Knoxville, TN, US, will feature a presentation from Dan Pichler, managing director of CarbConsult GmbH, titled, "How to Give the Market 'Affordable Carbon Fiber,'" which will explore the possibility of development of long-coveted low-cost carbon fiber. 

Pichler will explore the entire value chain – from precursor, to carbon fiber, through intermediates, to CFRP components made of carbon fiber – to understand where the costs in the value chain are, how they build up, where and how can they be influenced, and, ultimately, how the industry can deliver the value proposition that end users are looking for.

The annual Carbon Fiber conference includes a pre-conference seminar on Dec. 8 covering carbon fiber supply and demand data, a tour of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (Oak Ridge, TN, US), a keynote presentation on the 777X composite wing program, and two days of presentations about design and fabrication of carbon fiber structures and parts. 

The preconference seminar will be presented by Chris Red, principal of Composites Forecasts and Consulting LLC. The keynote will be given by Perry Moore, director — 777X Wing Operations at Boeing (Everett, WA, US). Moore, speaking for the first time publicly about the 777X wing program, will discuss the design, development and manufacture of the carbon fiber composite wing being produced for the forthcoming 777X.

For more information about the conference, or to register, visit www.carbonfiberevent.com.

Topics covered in the conference include:

  • Carbon fiber in wind energy applications
  • Carbon fiber for automotive lightweighting
  • Affordable carbon fiber
  • Investment opportunities in automotive and aerospace
  • Carbon fiber recycling
  • Automated 3D preform fabrication
  • Carbon fiber and energy utilization
  • Atmospheric plasma for carbon fiber oxidation
  • Carbon fiber in biomass
  • IACMI update and panel
  • Automated fiber placement
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Carbon fiber aging
  • Carbon fiber surface treatment
  • Internet of things composites fabrication

Carbon Fiber's sponsors are Harper International, Toho Tenax America Inc./Diversified Structural Composites, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Izumi International, Inc./Kamitsu, Knoxville Oak Ridge Innovation Valley, Eisenmann and C.A. Litzler Co. 

For more information about the conference, or to register, visit www.carbonfiberevent.com.

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