17-21 June, Bernal Institute

Composite materials and structures are finding extensive applications in automobile, aerospace and wind energy industries due to their outstanding performance and weight saving capabilities. Along with the increased interest and use, there are new challenges to engineers to address spanning from design, analysis, manufacturing and viability. This summer school aims to provide engineers and researchers with a rapid knowledge of the state-of-the-art in this field (design, manufacturing and testing) via a hands-on experience. Hands-on experience will include the advanced methods of composites manufacturing using laser assisted tow placement (LATP), resin transfer moulding (RTM), thermoplastic composites manufacturing, autoclave processing and joining/welding of composite parts. The attendees will have also the opportunity to learn those test methods used to assess the quality of manufactured composite parts.

Who should attend?    Graduate students and researchers working in the field of composite materials and structures.

Trainers:  Renowned experts in the field of composite materials and structures and world leader researchers in the area of thermoplastic composites processing, carbon fibre processing, stiffness tailoring, composite design and manufacturing and composites joining. 

Summer School Agenda:

Monday (June 17):

  • 9:00-9:30 Coffee / Breakfast
  • 9:30-10:00 Welcoming address / Agenda (Prof. Paul Weaver)
  • 10:00-11:00 Introduction to composites, categories, properties, applications, analysis, design…
  • (Dr Walter Stanley)
  • 11:00-12:00 Carbon fibre production systems (Dr Terry McGrail)
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00-14:00 Carbon fibre production using Lignin (Dr Mario Culebras Robio / Dr Maurice Collins)
  • 14:00-15:00 Resin systems (Dr Terry McGrail)
  • 15:00-15:30 Coffee break
  • 15:30-16:30 Introduction to composites, Micromechanical modelling of composites (Prof. Noel O’Dowd)
  • 16:30-17:30 Lab tour (Anthony O’Carroll / Dr Angeliki Chanteli)

Tuesday (June 18):    

  • 9:30-10:30 Thermoset and Thermoplastic composites (Dr Anthony Comer)
  • 10:30-12:30 Manufacturing, Resin infusion (Dr Anthony Comer / Anthony O’Carroll)
  • 12:30-13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30-17:30 Manufacturing / ATP (David Jones)

Wednesday (June 19):                                                                 

  • 9:30-10:30 Manufacturing / ATP (Dr Ronan O’Higgins)
  • 10:30-12:30 Manufacturing / Autoclave (Anthony O’Carroll / Dr Angeliki Chanteli)
  • 12:30-13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30-14:30 Composites characterisation (Dr Mark Hardiman)
  • 14:30-17:30 Composites characterisation lab (Dr Mark Hardiman / Dr Angeliki Chanteli / Dr Aswani Bandaru)

Thursday (June 20):

  • 9:30-10:30 Composites testing (Dr Ronan O’Higgins)
  • 10:30-12:00 Composites testing (Dr Aswani Bandaru / Gearóid Clancy)
  • 12:00-13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30-17:30 Composites testing (Dr Aswani Bandaru / Gearóid Clancy)

Friday (June 21):

  • 9:30-10:30 Composite joints (Dr Mark Hardiman / Anthony O’Carroll)
  • 10:30-12:00 Composite joints (Dr Mark Hardiman / Anthony O’Carroll)
  • 12:00-13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30-17:30 Wingbox case study (Varicomp Project Researchers)

Applicants (students and researchers) should send a two-page CV to mohammad.rouhi@ul.ie

– A Bachelor’s level qualification in Science/Engineering is the minimum requirement.     The application deadline is 31/05/2019.

This event is organized as part of TWINNING-DRIVEN project that is funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 811099.