French and UK-based delegates seized the opportunity to network during two days of presentations and ideas exchange at last month's Franco-British Symposium on Composite Materials.
Held at the majestic Residence of France in London on the 28 and 29 April 2015, 36 attendees from across government, industry and academia focused on the challenges faced by the transport sector, in particular automotive, rail and aerospace.
Presentations covered economic and technological issues regarding the introduction and use of composite materials for transportation, including design and manufacture, recycling and re-use.
Stakeholders from the composite industry French and UK private and public sectors included TWI's Chris Worrall who presented on Joining technologies for composites.
Dr Worrall's presentation provided a good opportunity to showcase TWI's ongoing research on joining composites including recent innovations in improved quality of induction welding of thermoplastic composites and the Thermally-Assisted Piercing technique, developed at TWI as a way of making holes in composites by displacing rather than removing material.
The talk also led nicely to the following two speakers from LoireTech and Sigma Precision Components who presented two recent collaborative projects carried out with TWI on composites; MuTool and ComPipe.
Aiming to reinforce the links between both countries, the symposium helped to identify some common ground and recurrent themes including:
- need to reduce weight, consequently, carbon emissions
- high costs, in particular in the supply of some raw materials
- regulation may a barrier to the use of innovative composite materials
- need to establish common standards
- issues with the supply chain.
For more information about the symposium and to download presentations please visit www.ambafrance-uk.org/Summary-Franco-British-Symposium.
For more information about TWI's work on composites please contact us.