Imperial College London Seminar at the NCC - 10/02/2014

On Monday 10th February 2014 the NCC will be hosting an Imperial College London Seminar. The seminar will consist of three talks and will run from 11am until 12.30pm.

Prof. Clemens Dransfeld, Head of the Institute of Polymer Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW and President of the national thematic network (NTN) Carbon Composites Switzerland, will kick things off with a talk entitled "Carbon Composites Switzerland - Industrial breakthrough of high performance composites for the whole value chain in Switzerland".
The Institute of Polymer Engineering has a dedicated research focus on industrial high volume processes for high performance composites. It has been instrumental in the creation of the Carbon Composites Switzerland association, which has been awarded the status of a national thematic network by the Swiss government. Its goal is to foster interaction between academia and industry by technical workgroups, collaborative research, promotion of young talents, joint events, as well as professional education programs.

Andre Keller, Research Assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London, will deliver a talk on "Rheo-kinetic Modelling of Fast Curing Tough Thermoset Polymer Composites".
Rheological and kinetic models for a fast curing epoxy were developed to predict the viscosity changes and degree of cure development as a function of time and temperature. These models were then used to set up and improve a cure cycle. In addition, they are an important factor for flow modelling when manufacturing complex parts. The investigated material has been modified with silica nanoparticles for toughening. The main focus of this talk lies in the rheo-kinetic model of the neat and the silica modified epoxy.
This epoxy is tailored for new manufacturing methods such as compression resin transfer moulding (CRTM). CRTM enables a through thickness impregnation which reduces the infusion time by orders of magnitude compared to standard infusion processes. The combination of CRTM and a fast curing epoxy enables the manufacturing of complex composite parts within a few minutes.

Lastly, Dr Ambrose Taylor, Reader in Materials Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London will give a Research Overview.
Research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London covers many aspects of the performance of thermoset polymers, including application as the matrices of composite materials, as adhesives and as coatings. Much of the work concentrates on improving the toughness of these materials, often by the addition of nanoparticles.


This seminar is open to all and is free to attend. To register your interest and for more information, please contact

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