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Titel: "Development, Manufacturing and Analysis of Advanced Composites: from Macro- to Nano-materials"

Lecturer: Professor Debes Bhattacharyya, distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Abstract:

The seminar will discuss some examples of research projects in the composites area and the challenge of keeping a balance between the fundamental research and more applied projects. It will also explore the possibilities of future research collaboration.

Although the composites research activities at the University of Auckland started in the late 1980´s, the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials (CACM) was formally established in 2002 with its own new building and laboratory being opened in 2004. CACM has been fortunate to be generously supported by the private and public funding agencies from both New Zealand and overseas (Australia, Germany, Japan, Norway, UK and USA).

CACM also has extensive collaborative relationships with many international research organisations and univerities, and is engaged in wide-ranging projects including:

• Development of micro-/nano-fibrillar composites from common polymer blends and their novel applications in manufacturing, packaging and biomedical areas;

• Nanocomposites with an introduction to multi-scale characterisation using microscopic image analysis and the usage of cellulosic materials;

• Computer simulation of knitting textile composites and their performance;

• Materials and process development for various manufacturing techniques including liquid composites moulding, rotational moulding, roll forming and machining. The projects involve both synthetic and natural fibres in both raw and modified

  forms.  The analyses are based on experimental, kinematic and numerical methods.

• Structural analysis for high-speed aquatic vehicles.

 

Date: Monday, 8th September 2014, 2 - 4 p.m.

Location: Meeting room PCCL, Roseggerstrasse 12, 8700 Leoben

 

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