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High performance pultrusion for advanced composites - HIPPAC

Webinars 30 June 2021

Webinar Overview

HIPPAC research project and its team have announced a webinar on the topic of ‘High performance pultrusion for advanced composites’ on 30th of June 2021 at 1:00pm UK Time.

Using pultrusion to manufacture wind turbine (WT) components -- such as spar caps -- can make operations significantly more efficient and can enable the development of much larger WT blades. Wind energy continues to grow in importance, generating 3.5% (960TWh) of the total electricity produced worldwide in 2018 - up from 0.8% in 2008. The UK -- with 57TWh (17%) of total electricity generated -- is leading figure in the industry. In 2018, the UK started running the world's largest offshore wind farm -- the £1 billion Walney wind farm off the coast of Cumbria, which generates enough energy to power 600,000 homes.

Advanced composites technologies are becoming critical in wind turbine blades production. Pultrusion is a continuous manufacturing process for polymer composites where the part/profile formed is pulled through a heated die. This process improves the efficiency of manufacturing blade components, lowers costs and improves composite quality. HIPPAC’s solution aims to improve the spar cap pultrusion productivity by developing a digital tool to allow for the rapid design of the pultrusion line prior to  implementation, in-line quality control and improved process control in a tailored and original way. This will enable the manufacturing of more cost-effective, stronger and improved quality parts.

In this webinar, an overview of the activities that have been performed as part of HIPPAC and its main findings are going to be presented from the project partners.

Benefits of attending webinar

  • Understanding the advantages of pultrusion in production of quality composite structures
  • Description of a fully instrumented pultrusion line with in-line cure sensors and in-line Quality Assessment (QA) involving NDT
  • Knowledge on digital tools to control the pultrusion process
  • Knowledge on parts validation based on relevant industry standards

Who should attend?

  • Wind blade manufacturers
  • Experts from industries where pultrusion is being used, such as Wind Power, Construction, Oil&Gas Chemical Plants, Gas/Electrical and Ignition Proof areas etc.
  • Composite engineers
  • NDT specialists
  • Process monitoring experts
  • Digital TWIN enthusiasts


* Time presented is BST


George Maistros  - Technical Director

George Maistros

Technical Director

Dr. George Maistros is the Technical Director of ADVISE-DETA. He is a Chemical Engineer from National Technical University of Athens in 1988 and received his PhD in Advanced Materials from Cranfield University in 1991, focusing on the dielectric cure monitoring of thermoset resin systems. He has over 20 years of experience in promoting dielectric sensing systems to all kinds of material processes, such as composites processing, repair of structures, nano-membranes operation and engine exhaust fumes characterization. He has authored 15 publications in scientific journals and 1 chapter in book. He has coordinated 3 Aeronautics FP6 (COMPROME, SENARIO, NOESIS) programs on applications of dielectric technology on composites manufacturing processes and 1 Innovate UK project on graphene sensor development for strain measurement and defect detection.

Athanasios Pouchias - Research Fellow

Athanasios Pouchias

Research Fellow
Brunel University London

Dr Athanasios Pouchias is a Research Fellow at the Brunel Composites Centre of Brunel University London and currently working on the development of innovative solutions for the digitalization of composite materials processing and manufacturing. He graduated from the Department of Electrical & Computer Science Engineering of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2015. He received his PhD in Aeronautical & Automotive Engineering from Loughborough University in 2020. His PhD was focused on the design of a flexible dielectric sensor that was integrated into a vacuum infusion process in order to monitor the resin flow using carbon fibre preforms. His interests involve the investigation and development of smart materials that can enhance the overall performance of a system utilizing numerical simulations and data-driven modelling techniques.

Stuart Lewis - Senior Project Leader, ACA

Stuart Lewis

Senior Project Leader, ACA

An automotive engineer by degree, which developed into a specialism into adhesives and joining through post-grad work at both Oxford Brookes and Cranfield Universities. Armed with an MPhil from Oxford Brookes, Stuart joined GKN Aerospace and used these skills to solve adhesion problems and develop new product solutions for aircraft ice protection systems. The last five years of his time were spent preparing a new thermoplastic system for flight test.

Vasiliki Loukodimou - Project Leader

Vasiliki Loukodimou

Project Leader

Dr. Vasiliki Loukodimou is a Project Leader in the Advanced Composites and Adhesives Section at TWI. She joined in 2015 as an Erasmus Placement student. Subsequently, she was sponsored by Lloyd’s Register Foundation to carry out her PhD with Cranfield University, whilst being based at the National Structural Integrity Research Centre at TWI. Her PhD focused on the development of fail-safe designs for the prediction and control of failure in composite pressure vessels avoiding catastrophic consequences and providing a progressive, gradual manner of failure. She is currently working as a Composites Engineer and her main interests lie within the areas of composite materials, composite manufacturing processes, material characterisation and finite element analysis.

John Hartley - Global Wind R&D Manager

John Hartley

Global Wind R&D Manager
Exel Composites

Dr John Hartley has more than 25 years of experience in the field of composites. He received his PhD in Composite Materials from Loughborough University in 2005. He has been the project coordinator for all of Exel’s collaborative project involvement, which has spanned the last 20 years – consisting of both UK (TSB and derivatives of) and EU funded research projects – FP5, FP6, FP7 etc.).

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