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ACCIS CDT student wins European Composites Student Competition

Chris presents his PhD work to the judges panel

The Wrapped Tow Reinforced (WrapToR) composite truss technology Chris is developing

20 September 2019

Congratulations to Chris Hunt, a Bristol Composites Institute PhD student, who yesterday won First Place in the 34th SAMPE Students Seminar, which took place at the SAMPE Europe conference in Nantes, France.

Chris’s presentation on his research into the mechanics of WrapToR composite truss structures was very well-received by the judges, allowing him to see off six competitors from prestigious universities in France, Germany, Belgium, Spain and the UK.

The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) is an international organisation that supports industry and academia in the fields of materials development, with a strong focus in composite materials. The SAMPE Students Seminar has been running since 1985, with the goal of developing the future generation of leaders in the field. It takes place during the annual SAMPE European Conference, and the students present to a panel of judges from industry and academia with a broad range of expertise in materials and processing.

Chris, an ACCIS CDT student, secured his place in this Europe level competition (and his expenses paid) by successfully competing at the UK level. Having now been selected as SAMPE European Champion, Chris has won an all-expenses-paid trip to Orlando, Florida to represent Europe in the University Student Symposium during the CAMX USA conference next September. As if that wasn’t enough, he is also an automatic finalist for the JEC World Composites Challenge, and has won another an all-expenses-paid trip to JEC World 2020 in Paris to compete there.

Chris’s primary PhD supervisor, Dr Benjamin Woods, had this to say: "We’re really proud of the excellent work Chris is doing on the WrapToR truss technology. To go from winning the SAMPE UK composite tower contest to this the very next week is incredible, and it feels like he’s just getting warmed up – which is concerning considering how many vacations conference trips he keeps winning!"


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