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

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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 13:30.

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

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; Lightweight Manufacturing Centre, University of Strathclyde; and the University of Edinburgh.

Membership Awards

The following people were awarded long service SAMPE membership pins:

Forty Years: Maurice Cray

Thirty Five Years: Mike Commander, John Summerscales

Twenty Years: Jim Platts

Fifteen Years: Giuseppe Dell’ Anno, David Bacon, Lee Harper

Ten Years: Jerome Lafarge, Chris McHugh

Five Years: Frazer Barnes, Myriam Yagoubi, Oliver Gaite, Raul Garcia Tapia, Nasim Nagar, Nicholas Verge, Shuaijin Carreyette.

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