Automotive Composites Workshop 2017

23 March 2017, The Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry, UK 



Designers, manufacturers, materials experts and regulators from the automotive industry and NDT communities were invited to participate in this Workshop on NDT requirements for automotive composites, that took place on 23 March 2017 at The Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry, UK.

Due to considerable environmental regulatory pressure on the automotive industry to reduce CO2 emissions, there is a new urgency in the drive to reduce the weight of cars. Composite materials can play a key role but only if manufacturing cycle times can be optimised and yield can be brought to nearly 100% - the 'right first time, every time' approach.

Manufacturers are sure that NDT will play a crucial role and they want to engage with the NDT supply chain to help deliver their solutions.

This workshop brings together designers, manufacturers, materials experts and regulators from the automotive industry to brief the NDT community on the ways in which NDT could help to increase the use of composite materials in high-volume car manufacture. This will define what success will look like and the resulting requirements will be documented in a report on the workshop, published as a referenceable BINDT publication.


Venue information:

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Ansty Park, Coventry CV7 9JU
Tel: +44 (0)2476 701600; Web: www.the-mtc.org

Click here to view the report from the 2017 automotive composites workshop.

BINDT Composites Workshop Programme
 Thursday 23 March 2017
09.30-10.00Registration and coffee
10.00-10.15
Welcome and introduction to the workshop
Professor R Smith, on behalf of BINDT
10.15-10.45
Overview of potential for NDT of automotive composites   
Professor R Smith, University of Bristol
10.45-12.00
Session 1: Motorsport, sports cars and supercars
10.45-11.05
30 years of composites and NDT in Formula OneB O'Rourke, Williams F1
11.05-11.25
Composite NDT requirements in sports cars (Audi/Lamborghini)
J O Endrerud, DolphiTech
11.25-11.45
Coffee break
11.45-12.00
Discussion
12.00-13.00
Session 2: Regulation, insurance and repair
12.00-12.20
Regulatory NDT requirements for composites on public roads
R Whiting, HORIBA MIRA
12.20-12.40
Insurance and repair requirements for NDT of composites   
A Hooker, Thatcham Research
12.40-13.00
Discussion
13.00-13.40
Lunch
13.40-15.00Session 3: High-volume challenges
13.40-14.00
The move to lightweight designs – NDT challenges
G Davies, Jaguar Land Rover
14.00-14.30
The challenge for NDT of affordable composites
P Gallen, The National Composites Centre
14.00-14.30
HMV Catapult: 'High-Efficiency Preforming' project
R Saunders, The MTC
14.30-14.40
Discussion
14.40-15.00
3D non-destructive characterisation of preformed composites
Professor R Smith, University of Bristol
15.00-16.00
Session 4: Breakout session
15.00-16.00
Themes:
  1. Skills demand (led by B Thornton, The National Composites Centre)
  2. Production line rapid inspection (led by G Davies, Jaguar Land Rover)
  3. Offline NDT cell detailed inspection (led by P Gallen, The National Composites Centre)
  4. In-service inspection and repair (led by Dr R Freemantle, Wavelength NDT).
16.00-16.40
Afternoon tea with sandwiches, etc
16.45-17.15
Feedback from breakouts
Scribe: Professor R Smith
17.15-18.00
Session 5: Panel session
Chair: Professor R Smith
  Scribe: Dr R Freemantle
17.15-18.00
NDT requirements
Panel: P Gallen, A Hooker, B O'Rourke, G Davies, B Thornton and J O Endrerud
18.00Close

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The Conferences and Events Department, BINDT, Midsummer House, Riverside Way, Bedford Road, Northampton NN1 5NX, UK.
Tel: +44(0)1604 438300; Fax: +44(0)1604 438301; Email: conf@bindt.org