Conference Tutorials

Conference tutorials provide a collaborative learning experience that allows attendees to take a deeper dive into the topics that are most interesting to our industry. These classes connect attendees and instructors for practical, in-depth learning, with demonstrations, hands-on materials, and case studies.

What’s on Your Sandwich? Selecting the Right Composites Core Materials

Monday, October 17 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The use of sandwich construction in the composites industry is growing, but surprisingly the materials used as the “meat” in the sandwich; core materials, are less well-known and usually couched into broad categories such as “honeycomb” or “foam.” The lack of knowledge can lead designers & engineers to incorrect assumptions about the benefits of one product versus another. Furthermore, the sandwich core materials’ product information is almost exclusively from the material manufacturers and can create confusion and hinder designers’ and engineers’ ability to choose the right tool for the right job.

After completing this practical tutorial, you will have the knowledge to properly select the most suitable core material based on your part design and lamination process.

Russell Elkin | Product Development Director, 3A Composites Core Materials


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Save that Part! Using Industrial Microscopic Techniques to Improve your Processes & Products  

Monday, October 17 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Finding the root cause of a composite failure can be daunting - especially when you'd rather not destroy your sample.  Luckily, new techniques such as computed tomography (CT), scanning electron microscope (SEM) imaging, and high-resolution digital microscopy each allow you to narrow down a root cause of failure and when used together, are powerful in cutting production costs, reducing liability, and minimizing recall actions on defective products.

In this session, you will learn: 

  • How to use CT scan viewing software to fly though a part to find layup angles, thicknesses, void information, and more. 

  • What to ask for from your CT or x-ray lab to get the answers you need. 

  • How to use SEM  imaging to categorize fractures, adhesion issues, and other microscopic failures 

  • When to use these techniques together to investigate and solve a complex failure through case studies. 

Adam Bovie, P.E., IAAI-FIT  | Principal Electrical Engineer, Kars Advanced Materials

Safety Alert: A Guide to the Safe Handling and Storage of Organic Peroxides

Monday, October 17 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm

This interactive tutorial provides insight into critical safety aspects related to organic peroxides for the composites industry such as safe storage and handling, proper PPE, and cleaning of spills. Instructors will present a variety of videos and guidance to effectively demonstrate sources of risk associated with the decomposition, hazardous properties, and important temperatures of organic peroxides.  

Upon completion of this tutorial, attendees will have a thorough understanding of safe handling and storage of organic peroxides with a practical list of common do’s and don’ts, instruction on controlled temperature and contamination free concepts, and demonstrations of proper personal protection equipment. 

Gina Butuc | Technical Development Manager, Nouryon
Roel Zuijderduin  | Global Technical Development Manager, Nouryon

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