Slideshow of SPE ACCE 2015
A look at the 15th edition of SPE’s Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE).
The 15th edition of SPE's Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) was its largest event to date. This year’s show, which the theme was Composites: The Next Generation of Lightweighting, returned Sept. 9-11, 2015 to The Diamond Banquet & Conference Center at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI in the Detroit area.
There was plenty to see and hear— so here's a sampling of the conference and exhibition.
- Carbon Fibers
- Design & Tooling
- Altair Engineering Inc.
- Hexion Inc.
- Huntsman Advanced Materials
- LANXESS Corporation
- Owens Corning Composite Solutions Business
- Society of Plastics Engineers
- Toray Industries Inc.
- Weber Manufacturing Technologies Inc.
For composite applications, these hollow microstructures displace a lot of volume at low weight and add an abundance of processing and product enhancements.
Applications aren't as demanding as airframe composites, but requirements are still exacting — passenger safety is key.
A look at the process by which precursor becomes carbon fiber through a careful (and mostly proprietary) manipulation of temperature and tension.