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ACCIS CDT student wins SAMPE UK competition

Evangelos (third from left) with all the shortlisted entrants.

4 July 2017

Evangelos Zympeloudis wins chance to represent SAMPE UK at the 2017 SAMPE Student Seminar in Germany.

Evangelos, a PhD student in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT), has won the 2017 Institute of Materials Students' Seminar organised by SAMPE UK, and will now represent SAMPE UK at the 2017 SAMPE Student Seminar in Germany.

After submitting an abstract, Evangelos was one of only seven researchers shortlisted to give a 20 minute presentation at the 2017 Institute of Materials Students' Seminar at the Institute of Materials in London on 28 June. Of the seven presenters, representing Universities from all over the UK (Bristol, Edinburgh, Imperial and Nottingham), two were then selected to represent SAMPE UK at 2017 SAMPE Student Seminar and attend the SAMPE Europe International Conference in Stuttgart, Germany, in November 2017. All expenses for the trip to Stuttgart will be provided by SAMPE.

The title of Evangelos’ presentation was ‘Advanced Automated Tape Laying with Fibre Steering Capability using Continuous Tow Shearing Mechanism’. His research looks at how CTS technology can be used with wide prepreg tapes to produce components with curvilinear fibre paths. By steering the path of the fibres it is possible to tailor the stiffness of a structure locally and thus drastically optimise it for stiffness, weight reduction and/or aeroelastic tailoring. Such optimised designs are not manufacturable with current production methods.

Evangelos said: "I feel honoured to have been given this opportunity by SAMPE UK. I really enjoyed the event and it was a great pleasure to meet fellow researchers in the field of composites manufacturing."

Dr BC Eric Kim, Evangelos’ primary supervisor, said: “His achievement will be recognised as the world's first automated tape laying process with high-quality fibre steering capability, which has never been possible with the current state-of-the-art technologies.”

This is not the first time Evangelos’ research has been recognised this year - back in April he beat off stiff competition to win the Western Aerospace Centre 2017 prize, and in March he presented a poster to members of parliament at the STEM for Britain event.

SAMPE is the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering. It is the leading professional body for engineers and technologists associated with advanced materials and processes, in particular those based on high performance composite materials.

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