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Seminar: Professor Simon Bickerton on Tuesday, 1st November at National Composites Centre (Johnson Lecture Theatre).

25 October 2016

Professor Simon Bickerton of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland will be visiting ACCIS and the National Composites Centre next week.

As part of his visit he will be presenting the following seminar at the NCC at 13:00 on Tuesday 1st November in the Johnson Lecture Theatre.

Please contact Paige Spicer as soon as possible if you are planning to attend as we are required to provide numbers to NCC.


Mass Production of Advanced Composites for the Automotive Industry – Experiences with the BMW Group

Fibre reinforced plastics continue to be adopted in a broader range of applications, and their use in large scale automotive production represents a large opportunity for material and technology suppliers. The BMW Group leads the automotive sector in the application of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP), demonstrating this through Project i (i3 electric vehicle, i8 performance hybrid), and the recent release of the latest 7-Series sedan. For three years from 2012 Prof. Bickerton took leave from the University of Auckland to work at the BMW Group in Germany, within the department responsible for the manufacture of structural CFRP components. This seminar will explore the motivation for CFRP usage in Project i, provide a review of the manufacturing technologies applied, and track the flow of materials through the full manufacturing process chain. A brief review of ongoing collaborative work between the University of Auckland and BMW will also be presented, which is focussed on non-destructive measurements on fibre preforms. Industrially focussed measures of flow and compression response are correlated to flow processes within an RTM process.


Short Biography:

Dr Simon Bickerton is a native of Auckland, Professor within the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials, and Director of the Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme at the University of Auckland. He gained his PhD in 1998 from the Centre for Composite Materials, University of Delaware, U.S.A. From 1999 to 2011 he served as an academic staff member at the University of Auckland. In 2012 he took up a three year secondment to the BMW Group, Munich, Germany. There he worked within the department responsible for manufacture of structural carbon fibre parts, with focus on the BMW Project i and the latest release of BMW’s 7-series.




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