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Wednesday, March 13 • 12:30 - 14:00
Composites Challenge: Creating the link from Research to Industry

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A PhD Challenge dedicated to the Composites Industry: A 1-hour program from brilliant minds for a brilliant industry!
Composites Challenge is a competition of PhDs selected for the quality of their research in the field of composites, who get the challenge of pitching their thesis in 5 minutes using one slide, in front of a jury of experts in the Composites Industry!
10 PhD Students represent the next generation of Composites leaders. This program is a unique opportunity to source new ideas and maybe new people to join your teams!

Gabriele BADINI, Senior Global R&D Director, Epoxy Products, Hexion
Mylène LAGARDERE, Assistant Professor, IMT Lille Douai
Aicha MIKDAM, Technical Editor, JEC Group
Alex MORDASINI, PhD Candidate, EPFL – winner of 2018 Composite Challenge
Chris SKINNER, Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Composites, Owens Corning

From Ply-cutter to Press: Aerospace Prepreg Recycling Re-Imagined! by Adam SMITH, McGill University
Our goal is to create a recycling methodology capable of transforming uncured carbon-fibre prepreg waste (manufacturing offcuts) into a versatile compression moulding compound without the use of pyrolysis, solvolysis, or resin separation of any kind.

A composite FishBAC camber morphing device for fixed-wing applications by Andres RIVERO, University of Bristol
The Fish Bone Active Camber (FishBAC) is a composite morphing trailing edge device that achieves higher aerodynamic efficiency than traditional aircraft’s control surfaces. This project focuses on developing the composite device for fixed-wing applications, and the work ranges from mathematical modelling, to manufacture and wind tunnel testing.

Development of composite high-pressure vessels with improved performance for automotive applications by Zeynep AY, Izmir Institute of Technology
This study aims to improve the mechanical properties of the layered hybrid composites used as high-pressure vessels by incorporation of nanosized fillers. For better performance, two issues are being overcome; enhancing interfacial interactions between fillers and matrix, improving dispersion of the fillers within the thermoset resins.

Analysis & modeling of the load path and damage of the "HYPER joints" by Paul VAN DER SYPT, Laboratory I2M
The "HYPER joints" is an innovative metal/composite assembly proposed by Airbus Central Research and Technology in 2010. Pins are manufactured on a metallic adherent and inserted inside a composite laminate. Compiling high mechanical performances with an easy assembling process, the "HYPER joints" is a competitive candidate for next generations of multi-material assemblies.

Carbon fiber sandwiched nano-microwave absorber for low radar visibility applications by Avinash R PAI, Mahatma Gandhi University
The major theme of the research project was to develop carbon fiber sandwiched nano-microwave absorber for low radar visibility applications/stealth technology. This hybrid nano-composite can be used to absorb electromagnetic radiations and to develop RADAR invisible materials like stealth fabrics for military and defense applications.

Automotive components made of carbon fibre sheet moulding compounds: design, manufacturing and properties by Luca MARTULLI, KU Leuven
Understanding and virtually reproducing the mechanical behaviour of carbon SMC material. The research involves modelling, manufacturing and testing of a thick SMC component for automotive application. The outcome this research will be a CAE predictive tool to be used by the automotive industry.

Frontal Polymerization for Rapid Composite Manufacturing by Polette CENTELLAS, University of Illinois
Conventional manufacturing of fiber-reinforced polymer composites (FRPC) is an energy and time intensive process. Frontal polymerization is an alternative, out-of-autoclave manufacturing method that achieves several orders of magnitude reduction in energy consumption and cure time over conventional techniques. Using this frontal polymerization method, we successfully manufactured aerospace-grade FRPC panels (30 cm x 30 cm dimension) in less than five minutes.

Non-destructive Evaluation of Injectability and Compressibility for a Quality Assessment of Semi-finished Textiles by Tino HERMANN, University of Auckland
Novel non-destructive measurement methods to determine injectability and compressibility of semi-finished textiles have been trialled to improve process control and quality assessment within mass production. The simple and easy to assess quality measurements demonstrated future potential with measurements being possible at process parameters, enabling defect detection for multi-ply semi-finished textiles.

Continuous Ultrasonic Welding of Thermoplastic Composites by Bram JONGBLOED, Delft University of Technology 
Continuous ultrasonic welding makes it possible to join composite parts at a much higher speed as compared to existing techniques. The short cycle time, the potential for automation, and the high joint strength, make it a very promising and cost-effective process.

Are fatigue design allowables credible? by Vahid MOVAHEDI-RAD, EPFL
Our research showed that the traditionally derived fatique design allowables for Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites could be conservative or optimistic. The reason is that loading patterns affected drastically the fatigue behavior and damage progress in Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites.

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Zeynep AY

PhD candidate, Izmir Institute of Technology
Received BSc degree at Dokuz Eylul University, Chemistry Department in 2013, Master's degree from Dokuz Eylul University, Department of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering in 2015. Ph.D. candidate at Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
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Gabriele BADINI

Senior Global R&D Director, Epoxy Products, Hexion
PhD in Chemistry from City University, London.Worked in technology and technology management function for multiple applications including coatings, electrical laminates and composites; in a number of locations US, China, Switzerland, Belgium and now Germany (again). Also had a 2 year... Read More →
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PhD student researcher, University of Illinois
Polette Centellas received her BS in Aerospace Engineering and Minor in Materials Science and Engineering in 2011 from the University of Virginia (USA). She is currently pursuing a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) as a Research Assistant... Read More →
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PhD Student, Research Assistant, The University of Auckland
I have gained fundamental knowledge about technical textiles during my studies at the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), one of eleven German Universities of Excellence. In cooperation with the BMW Group I accomplished my Master of Science with a final thesis about quality... Read More →
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PhD candidate, Delft University of Technology
I was born in the nicest city of the Netherlands, Breda. After finishing the gymnasium at the Stedelijk Gymnasium Breda, I did my BSc and MSc in Aerospace Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. My master thesis topic was on Sequential Ultrasonic Welding of Thermoplastic... Read More →
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Assistant Professor, IMT Lille Douai
IMT Lille Douai is the largest graduate school of engineering north of Paris, training the general engineers and digital experts of the future. Each year, the institute awards degrees to over 500 talented engineers, trained to anticipate economic and social changes. Assistant professor... Read More →
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PhD trainee, KULeuven
Luca M. Martulli graduated cum laude in Aerospace Engineering at University of Pisa. He is now involved in an industrial doctoral research at KULeuven and Toyota Motor Europe. He is one of the young researchers of the Marie-Curie ITN “FiBreMoD”, which aims at the development of... Read More →
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Technical Editor, JEC Group
Aïcha Mikdam is the technical editor of JEC Composites Magazine, the industy's reference magazine where JEC Group provides information and data. After an engineering school and a PhD in material science, she worked as a research engineer in the energy field before joining the JEC... Read More →
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PhD Candidate & winner of 2018 Composites Challenge, EPFL
Alexandre Mordasini is a second year PhD candidate from the Laboratory for the Processing of Advanced Composites (LPAC) at the Swiss Centre of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), where he is currently studying the damage mechanisms in carbon fibre composite tubes using thin ply materials... Read More →
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Doctoral assistant, EPFL
A.Vahid Movahedi-Rad is currently in last two months of his PhD under supervision of Dr. Anastasios Vassilopoulos and Prof. Dr. Thomas Keller in Composite Construction Laboratory (CCLAB) at EPFL in Switzerland. He takes a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses polymer-based composite... Read More →
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Avinash R PAI

Doctoral Student, Mahatma Gandhi University
Avinash R. Pai is a Doctoral Student at Mahatma Gandhi University,Kerala,India. His research focuses on the development of hybrid polymer nanocomposites for electromagnetic interference shielding applications and to stifle electromagnetic pollution. This project is funded under the... Read More →
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PhD Student, University of Bristol
Andres E. Rivero is a fourth-year PhD student in Advanced Composites at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science, located at the University of Bristol in Bristol, United Kingdom. His primary supervisor is Dr Benjamin Woods, and he is... Read More →
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Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Composites, Owens Corning
Dr. Chris Skinner serves as Vice President of Strategic Marketing for Owens Corning’s $2 billion Composites business. In this role, he is responsible for developing and executing near- and long-term strategic plans to achieve the business goal of growing two percentage points above... Read More →
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PhD Candidate, McGill University
Born and raised in Montreal. Graduated from McGill with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2013. PhD candidate in the McGill Structures and Composite Materials Laboratory under supervisor Prof. Pascal Hubert since 2013. Research focus includes aerospace composites recycling... Read More →
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PhD Student, Laboratory I2M
I am Paul VAN DER SYPT from Bordeaux in France. I am currently working with ArianeGroup in collaboration with the laboratory I2M. This is my final year as a PhD student.My work is about a new metal / composite assembly: the “HYPER joints” proposed by Airbus Central Research and... Read More →

Hosts, Moderators & Interviewe...
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Postdoctoral Researcher, EPFL
Amaël started his engineering studies in 2007 at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland in Materials Science and Engineering. His fields of courses were focused on processing, properties, structure and application of materials. After a master thesis at the... Read More →
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Journalist, The Economist
Jason Palmer is the host of The Intelligence, The Economist’s daily podcast. He is a former physicist and science journalist (BBC, New Scientist), and was a 2013/4 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT.

Wednesday March 13, 2019 12:30 - 14:00 CET
Agora (Hall 5 / F99)