NCC at 27th Annual International SICOMP Conference

The NCC was delighted to attend the 27th Annual International SICOMP Conference on Manufacturing and Design of Composites on Monday 30th - Tuesday 31st May 2016 in Linköping. This two-day conference offered a tour of SAAB Aerostructures in Linköping and two days of interesting lectures, table top display and poster sessions on topics such as Composite laminar flow wings, Thin ply composites, Bio-based composites and carbon fibre production.

Kalyan Hazra, Sector Lead at the NCC, presented at the conference, providing an overview on the UK's Composites Strategy and outlining the centre's current and future research capabilities. Other presenting companies include; SAAB aerostructures, DLR (German Aerospace Centre), Swerea SICOMP, Technical University of Munich, Swerea IVF/Compraiser Labs, DYNAmore, ISOJET equipements, Evonik Resource Efficiency, Armacell International, Exova Materials Technology, Thomas Technik + Innovation, Airbus Helicopters and Innventia.

Above: Kalyan Hazra, Sector Lead, presenting at SICOMP Conference

The conference was followed by an awards dinner in which Paul Waldenstrom, a Research Graduate at NCC, was invited to receive the “Swedish Composite Scholarship 2016”, a prestigious award aimed to encourage student research thesis into composites. Paul presented his thesis work on experimental crushing of composite NCF coupons at Swerea SICOMP last year and was delighted to receive this award for his work. His thesis work developed a simple and inexpensive testing method to evaluate progressive crushing of carbon fibre, providing a validation method on a ply level for new material models in development for FE software.

Above: Paul Waldenstrom, NCC Research Graduate, receiving the Swedish Composite Scholarship 2016

This conference was a great success and the NCC was proud to see one of our own, Paul Waldenstrom, receive this fantastic award. We look forward to utilising the connections made at this conference and further developing our partnerships with Sweden.

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