CAMX, The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, announced the CAMX 2016 Technical Paper Award and Poster Session winners during the expo, last week.
Every year, CAMX recognises outstanding research that will impact the next generation of composites innovation. CAMX technical papers cover critical areas important to the composites and advanced materials industry from business, applications, and research perspectives. Poster sessions put the work of the next generation of researchers, engineers and industry professionals on display.
This year’s Technical Paper Award winners are:
James Nelson, 3M – Improved Performance of Filament-Wound Composite Drive Shafts with Next Generation Inorganic Nanoparticle-Filled Epoxy Resins.
Mohamed Hashish, Flow International – Waterjet Capabilities for Aeroengine Manufacturing Needs.
Geena Ferrelli, The Aerospace – Lightweight Replicated Composite Mirrors using UV Cured Resin.
Amit Naskar, Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Renewable Thermoplastics from Lignin with Exceptional Properties and their Composites.
Stephen Tsai, Stanford University – Direct Laminate Selection for Simultaneous Weight Reduction, and, Strength and Layup Speed Increase.
Stephen Scarborough, ILC Dover – Demonstration of an Inflatable, Collapsible Pressure Intensifier for Out-of-Autoclave Composite Processing Using BMI Prepreg.
Richard Hreha, Cornerstone Research Group – Advances in MG Resin Composite and Processing for High Temperature Applications.
Ryan Toivola, University of Washington – Time Temperature Indicator Film for Monitoring Composite Repair Adhesive Cure using Thermochromic Fluorescent Molecules.
This year’s Poster Session winner comes from Lorena Fernández-Cañadas, Inés Iváñez, and Sonia Sanchez-Saez from the University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain, and Ever Barbero from West Virginia University, US, for their paper, Influence of the Adhesive Thickness on the Energy Release Rate of Adhesively-Bonded Composite Repairs. The runner ups in the Poster Session were:
Thomas Mustard, Jeffrey Sanders, Matthew Halls, Alexander Goldberg.
Shaun Kwak, Jacob Gavartin, and Stephen Christensen, Schrodinger – Atomic-Scale Simulation for the Analysis and Optimisation of Advanced Thermoset Composites.
Patrice Cousin, Pierre Olvaque, and Mathieu Robert, University of Sherbrooke – An Example of Application of Milkweed Fibre: Door Panels for Automotive Applications.
Rita Johnson and Brian Flinn, University of Washington – Surface Characterisation Using Inverse Gas Chromatography (Igc) Methods.
The expo concluded with a luncheon featuring a panel of students who offered their insights on how advances in composites are changing the world.
One of the students on the panel, Caleb Lystrup, a PhD student at Brigham Young University, believes there is an overwhelming amount of exciting work being done in the industry that young professionals should want to be a part of. “There are so many awesome projects,” Lystrup said, “A couple that come to mind are lightweight skyscrapers made with iso-truss reinforcements and high performance vehicles that are made at a low cost and with eco-friendly processes out of composites.” He is excited about the trend toward increased out-of-autoclave manufacturing, where manufacturers get, “awesome parts at a fraction of the cost.”
The panelists also discussed what students and young professionals are looking for from a potential employer. Panelist, Kristin Hardin, a PhD student at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), noted that employers need to take investment in young talent seriously, and that whether businesses like it or not, young innovators represents the future and vitality of the industry.
“I really like an environment that fosters creativity from the bottom up as well as from the top down, and also an employer that promotes education and growth for their employees through education programs and further education opportunities,” Hardin said. “I’d also like to see an employer that promotes diversity.”
During the expo, organisers The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) also announced the winners for the Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE), sponsored by Composites One.
ACE is a composites industry competition that recognises outstanding achievement and innovation in technology, manufacturing and product development.
In the design category, the Most Creative Application Award is given to the composites product that showcases composites use in a unique, new application. This year, the award was presented to Strongwell for using pultruded FRP to replace aluminium for the silver flow.
In the manufacturing category, the Equipment and Tooling Innovation Award is given to the equipment, tooling, production aid, or software that is designed to improve manufacturing production, environmental sustainability or product quality and performance in composites manufacturing. This year, the award went to Composites Alliance for its innovative robotic preform cell providing 3D stacking and control.
The manufacturing category also features the Materials and Process Innovation Award, which recognises a material or process that best contributes to efficient manufacturing and product sustainability. This year, the award went to Oak Ridge National Laboratory for its 3D printing of high temperature thermoplastic moulds.
In the market growth category, the Infinite Possibility Award is given to the composites product that demonstrates the potential to significantly increase the use of composites in existing markets or generate the greatest impact to open new and emerging markets for composites. This year, the award went to Ashland Performance Materials for its sheet moulding composite in the truck bed of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline.
ACMA also celebrated its 2016-2017 ACMA Membership Award winners during its Membership Awards and Recognition Ceremony at CAMX last week.
This year’s winners were:
Outstanding Volunteer Award: Perry Bennett – Health, Safety and Environmental Director, Molded Fiber Glass Companies.
Hall of Fame Award: Matt Chambers – President, Design Concepts/Marine Concepts.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael Hood – President, Hood Manufacturing (HMI).
Chairman’s Award: John Gaither – Chairman, President & CEO, Reichhold.
Perry Bennett has 39 years of experience in the environmental health and safety field, and has been active in ACMA’s Government Affairs Committee since its inception in 1995. Perry is also an active member of the Styrene Information Research Centre (SIRC) Science and Technology Task Group, and the Public Affairs Task Group.
“I have truly enjoyed working with my colleagues on the ACMA Government Affairs Committee over the past 20 years. Fellow composite manufacturers, material suppliers and ACMA Staff worked tirelessly together to successfully solve serious challenges to our industry,” Bennett says.
Matt Chambers has 26 years of composites industry experience and leadership, and has been with Design Concepts/Marine Concepts since 2006 (formerly known as JRL Ventures/Marine Concepts). As president of the Southwest Florida Manufacturers Association, he won the 2013 Small Business Ambassador Award for Manufacturing from Florida Governor Rick Scott. Under his leadership, JRL Ventures, Inc. won 2010 Manufacturer of the Year from the Manufacturers Association of Florida. Matt is a two time recipient of the Brunswick, US Marine, Leadership Award. In 1995, he received the USA Today Rochester Institute of Technology Leader Award. He has also served on ACMA’s Board of Directors and as the chairman of ACMA’s Government Affairs Committee.
“[ACMA members] are the drivers of the composite industry; not the followers,” Chambers says. “You’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to government affairs, training, and marketing.”
Michael Hood has more than 50 years of composites experience, having worked for Hood Manufacturing since 1963. He has run the company since the mid-1980s and is a former member of the ACMA Western Region Board of Directors and ACMA Membership Committee. Additionally, he has been active in Southern California-area workforce development, having served as the Chair of the Board of the Santa Ana Workforce Investment Board.
John Gaither’s career includes more than 40 years in the specialty chemical industry. John was hired by company founder Henry Reichhold in the late 1960’s and has held a number of leadership roles within the company throughout his tenure. His previous responsibilities have included executive leadership positions in sales and marketing, business management and M&A. John holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania as well as an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.