HIgh performance composIte materIals: from small to large scale productIon
Polymer composites have gradually gained ground to make their way into nearly all industrial sectors. In 2017, global market for composites is now worth 74 billion euros and has been growing at around 5% per year for several decades. In 2017, global production of composites will amount to a bit more than 11 million metric tons.
Structural composite materials are being used more and more extensively. Their developments, with the aim of strength, shapes, textures, easy maintenance, energy efficiency and low weight, are growing in transportation – automotive, aerospace, railway, boating – and renewable energies – wind and tidal turbines.
However, the greatest challenge for these industries remains:
- To develop and optimize mass production manufacturing processes economically acceptable, especially for the automotive industry,
- To have a better understanding of the behaviour in extreme environment, the durability and the damage/defect tolerance of composite parts,
- To simulate the processing technologies and to develop the product/process simulation chain,
- To enhance non destructive testing and characterization methods,
- To implement innovative multi-material joining technologies.
With the aim to make progress reports in reaching theses targets, SFIP, in continuity with its two previous congresses – Nantes 2014 and Saint-Avold 2016 – and CETIM Nantes, IRT Jules Verne Nantes Composites and Technocampus Composites join forces to organize a new congress dedicated to: “High performance composite materials: from small to large scale production”
The event will take place on 20-21 June 2018, in Nantes, France.