Bristol Composites Institute / NCC Joint Conference 2019

20 November 2019, 4.00 PM - 21 November 2019, 2.45 PM

Bill Brown Design Suite, Queen's Building, Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1UB

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The 2019 Bristol Composites Institute / NCC Joint Conference will be held on 20 and 21 November 2019. Register on Eventbrite here.

20 November - National Composites Centre


16:00 - 18:00 – Demonstrations of new equipment, tour and reception at NCC.

Visit the National Composites Centre, the UK’s world-leading research and development facility; where innovators come when they need to make things lighter, stronger, smarter and more sustainable. With access to 'beyond' state-of-the-art technology and the best composites engineering capabilities in the world, the NCC works closely with University of Bristol to help customers solve the most complex engineering challenges of our time.

The NCC is 90% of the way through adding 10 new world class industry 4.0 ready manufacturing capabilities thanks to a recent funding package of over £37m. On your tour you will see where research meets industry, including world-record beating automated fibre placement, the UK’s largest biaxial composite overbraider, high volume manufacturing including composite overmoulding equipment. You’ll also find out more about the NCC's design, verification and materials development capability. Participants also get a sneak peek behind the scenes of the installation of the NCC’s unique ultra high rate deposition capability, complete with 20 metre modular oven and verification cell that can handle full-sized wings for single-aisle civil aircraft.

Follow this tour with a chance to network with fellow delegates over canapes.

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21 November - Bristol Composites Institute, University of Bristol


09:15 – Registration, coffee and posters

10:00 – Conference start

Welcome and introduction – Professor Michael Wisnom, Director, Bristol Composites Institute

Guest speaker Professor Emile Greenhalgh, Imperial College London – Future Challenges for Structural Power Composites 

Update on Manufacturing & Design research – Ole Thomsen, Professor of Composites Design and Manufacture

Local approaches in composites manufacturing – Dr Dmitry Ivanov, Senior Lecturer in Composites Manufacturing

NCC Technology Pull-through quickfire – introduced by Dr Giuseppe Dell’Anno, Chief Engineer, National Composites Centre

Coffee break

Update on Structures research – Stephen Hallett, Professor in Composites Structures

Developments in imaging approaches for assessment of composite structures – Janice Barton, Professor of Experimental Mechanics

Update on Materials research – Fabrizio Scarpa, Professor of Smart Materials and Structures

Cellulose-based Composites: From Tunicates to Timber – Steve Eichhorn, Professor in Materials Science and Engineering

Quickfire presentations to introduce posters, introduced by Professor Richard Trask

12:45 – Lunch and poster display

13:45 – NCC core programme – introduced by Dr Giuseppe Dell’Anno, Chief Engineer, National Composites Centre:

  • Thermoplastic Forming (Simon Wilkinson)
  • Complex Architecture Multi-Textile (Joshua Sherwood)
  • Process Monitoring (Dr Amit Visrolia)
  • Data-Driven Automated Deposition (Nick Costa Ford and Javier Martin Lambas)

14:45 – Conference close

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