Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering

Sustaining Composites Growth in Adverse Environments

2019 Annual Seminar and SME Table Top Exhibition, 6 June 2019, Edinburgh

Preliminary Programme

Please note that this is the preliminary programme, it is subject to updates, and may change for reasons outside the control of the organisers.

09:30 Welcome: Tim Wybrow, Chapter Chair.

09:35 Fabric reinforced thermoplastic composites – challenges and opportunities
Tim Swales, Johns Manville, Colorado, USA.

10:00 Thermoplastic Infusion and In-Situ Polymerisation
Edward McCarthy and Dipa Roy, University of Edinburgh.

10:25 Interfacial bonding in injection over-moulding of thermoplastic composite laminates
Ali Aravand, Queens University Belfast / Noel Bloomfield, Denroy Plastics Bangor, Co. Down.

10:50 Coffee Break

11:20 Highly loaded structures in the sub-sea environment – the challenges of designing tidal turbine blade
Robert Bray, SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd., Bristol.

11:45 Connecting Coating Properties to Rain Erosion Performance
Kirsten Dyer, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Blyth.

12:10 Qualification approach of PVDF composites for high pressure CO2 applications in the Oil & Gas industry
Alexandre Paternoster (Airborne Oil and Gas) and Natalie Jordan (Solvay).

12:35 Development of novel fibre reinforced polymer composite laminate used in Oil & Gas metal pipe repair systems
Michail Kalloudis, Impact Solutions Ltd., Grangemouth.

13:00 Lunch including the Chapter AGM at 13:50.

14:30 Towards closing the loop on glass fibres recycled from end-of-life and waste GRP
James Thomason / Liu Yang, University of Strathclyde.

14:55 Towards stable failure of CFRPs using a bio-inspired crossed lamellar microstructure
Riikka Häsä, Imperial College London - Winner of the 2018 SAMPE Student Seminar.

15:20 Undertanding the Materials we use Through the Life of an Aircraft
Jonathan Oakes, Spirit AeroSystems.

15:55 Seminar Close

16:00 Afternoon refreshments

16:25 Optional visit to the Engineering facilities: University of Edinburgh

Registration Fees

Registration fees have been held at the same price as last year:

  • Member: £95
  • Registration including SAMPE membership: £160
  • Non-member registration: £175
  • Student, Young Member or Retired: £40

The event will be held at Edinburgh University's "John McIntyre Conference Centre", which is located on the Pollock Halls campus, which is about a mile and a half to the south of the city. This is accessed from Holyrood Park Road, and you can pull up the Google Map from here.


On the same site, there is hotel accommodation in the Masson House and Salisbury Green Hotel and Bistro. There will be a SAMPE Seminar booking rate: we will be announcing booking information in due course.

For those who would prefer cheaper accommondation, because the seminar is taking place during the summer, there will be student study bedroom accommodation availability too.

A link to on-line accommodation booking will be made available soon.


Accessibility information for visitors to the John McIntyre Conference Centre is provided here.

Travel Information

Edinburgh is well-connected by train and by air. For those traveling by car, the easiest access is via the A7.

There is a very frequent train service to Edinburgh Waverley from the south, with the journey from London Kings Cross being a little under five hours on average. From the station to the conference venue would be a short taxi ride, or if the weather is good and your luggage not too heavy, a very pleasant half hour walk skirting Holyrood Rark.

Edinburgh Airport is situated about 10 miles to the West of the city. There are direct flights from many British and European cities. For those considering making a long weekend of it after the conference, do consider making a side trip to one of the Islands: Islay, Lewis, Shetland, Orkney, or even to the Faroe Islands. In comparison to the full-price train fare from London, these are a snip!

Seminar Sponsors

We are very grateful to our generous Seminar Sponsors: TenCate Advanced Composites, Johns Manville, Babcock, Oil & Gas Innovation Centre, Irish Composites Centre, Northern Ireland Advanced Engineering Competence Centre, and the University of Edinburgh.

If your company would also like to be a sponsor, we would be delighted to hear from you!

Photos of the venue

Images courtesy of Edinburgh First, used with permission.

John McIntyre Conference Centre

The Pentland Theatre

Salisbury Green Hotel & Bistro

Hotel bedroom

Pollock Halls accommodation

Study bedroom with view onto Arthur's Seat