CompositesWorld’s Carbon Fiber 2013 conference ready to roll

CompositesWorld's Carbon Fiber 2013 conference will be held Dec. 9-12 at the Crowne Plaza Knoxville in Knoxville, Tenn., and includes a tour of the Oak Ridge National Labs.

CompositesWorld, publisher of High-Performance Composites and Composites Technology magazines and the CompositesWorld Weekly e-newsletter, has added to the agenda for Carbon Fiber 2013, Dec. 9-12, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Knoxville in Knoxville, Tenn. Held this year near the U.S. government’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, Tenn.), the annual event’s 2013 sponsors are carbon fiber oxidation equipment manufacturers C.A. Litzler (Cleveland, Ohio) and Harper International (Lancaster, N.Y.), the Knoxville/Oak Ridge Innovation Valley, the Oak Ridge Carbon Fiber Composites Consortium, fiber handling equipment source Izumi International (Greenville, S.C.) and fiber supplier Toho Tenax America Inc. (Rockwood, Tenn.).

Carbon Fiber 2013’s newest confirmed speaker is Mathieu Boulanger, business development director for induction-heating equipment source RocTool (Le Bourget du Lac, France, and Charlotte, N.C.), whose topic is “High Speed Compression Molding by Induction.”

Boulanger joins the following:

  • Brett Chouinard, COO, Altair Engineering (Troy, Mich.): “Analysis and Optimization of Composite Structures – Challenges and Opportunities.”
  • Probir Guha, VP of R&D, Continental Structural Plastics (Troy, Mich.): “Automotive Light Weighting Opportunities & Challenges.”
  • Tracy Albers, manager-external interactions, and Chong Chen, senior research scientist, GrafTech International (Biddeford, Maine): “High Temperature Insulation from Lignin Carbon Fibers.”
  • Chad Duty, Oak Ridge National Laboratory: “3D Printing with Carbon Fiber Reinforcement.”
  • John Larkin, president, LTI Assoc. (White Bear Lake, Minn.): “Export Controls and the Carbon Fiber Industry.”
  • Dr. Angelos Miaris, Premium AEROTEC GmbH (Augsburg, Germany): “Producing Thermoplastic Matrix Composites for Aeronautical Applications under Industrial Scale Conditions.”
  • Hendrik Mainka, Volkswagen Group of America Inc. (Herndon, Va.): “Alternative Precursors for Sustainable and Cost-effective Automotive Carbon Fibers”
  • Gary R. Lownsdale, CTO, Plasan Carbon Composites (Bennington, Vt.): “Next Generation Carbon Fiber Composites: Beyond Medium Volume”
  • Neel Sirosh, CTO, Quantum Technologies Inc. (Irvine, Calif.): “Carbon Fiber Powering America’s Big Rigs”
  • Anthony Vicari, research associate, Lux Research (Boston, Mass.): “Planning for Ripe Fruit: Materials Innovation Lifecycles as a Scouting Tool”
  • Mark Campbell, new product development, Hyperco Div., MW Industries (Elk Grove Village, Ill.): “Development of Hyperco Carbon-composite ‘Bellows Spring’ (CCBS) System for Automotive Suspensions”
  • Chris McHugh, technical manager, Sigmatex (UK) Ltd. (Runcorn, U.K.): “Application and Processing of Complex Fabrics for Lightweight Structures”
  • Gary D. Roberts, research materials engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, Ohio): “A Hybrid Composite/Metal Gear Concept for Rotorcraft Drive Systems”
  • Gordon Lacy, mechanical engineer, NRC Canada (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada): “Design and Fabrication of the DVA-1 Radio Antenna”
  • John M. Carson, executive director, Altus Group Inc. (Lancaster, Pa.): “Lighter, Stronger, Greener: How Carbon Fiber is Modernizing Precast Concrete!”
  • Aaron Barr, technology advisor, MAKE Consulting (Chicago, Ill.): “Carbon Fiber Usage in the Wind Energy Industry”

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