Successful Bristol Composites Institute Virtual Conference
19 November 2020
The annual Bristol Composites Institute conference was held virtually on 12 November 2020. The online conference attracted attendees from six continents.
This was the first time the annual conference, which is now in its 13th year, was organised virtually. The event was a success with over 320 people from around the world attending the webinar and the virtual poster session.
The conference began with a welcome and introductions1 from Professor Michael Wisnom, Director of the Bristol Composites Institute. The introductions were followed by research updates from the three themes within the Institute; Materials2, Structures3 and Manufacturing & Design4.
After the research updates, Dr Giuseppe Dell'Anno gave an update about activities at the National Composites Centre5.
Finally, we saw presentations from the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing6 and the Industrial Doctorate Centre in Composites Manufacture7.
The webinar ended with a Q&A session where the delegates had an opportunity to ask questions from our panellists.
You can watch the recording of the presentations on YouTube. The presentations are available for download below this article.
Following the webinar, there was a virtual poster session, which provided conference attendees with an opportunity to interact with our students and researchers and vote for their favourites in a poster competition.
There were two winners in the student category: Noémie Fedon and Ali Kandemir. Andrés Rivero won the Research Associate category, with Ganapathi Ammasai Sendogan and Michael Elkington on the shared second place.
"Whilst we were sorry not to be able to welcome people to Bristol, we were delighted that the online event enabled us to present activities here to attendees from six continents!", Institute Director Michael Wisnom concluded.
Student category winners
- Noémie Fedon – A novel method for designing blended laminate composite structures
- Ali Kandemir – Characterisation of natural fibres for sustainable composite materials delivered using HiPerDiF
RA category winners
- 1st place: Andrés Rivero – Flexible Airplanes? Achieving higher fuel efficiency by continuously adapting wing geometry
- Shared 2nd place: Ganapathi Ammasai Sengodan – A visco-elastic cohesive zone model for rate and temperature dependent interlaminar fracture of composites and Michael Elkington – HyVR: Hybrid Vacuum-Robotic forming
- Introduction to the Bristol Composites Institute 2020 (PDF, 1,116kB) – Professor Michael Wisnom, Director of Bristol Composites Institute
- Materials research (PDF, 2,801kB) – Fabrizio Scarpa, Professor of Smart Materials and Structures
- Structures research (PDF, 1,681kB) – Stephen Hallett, Professor of Composites Structures
- Manufacturing and Design research (PDF, 1,002kB) – Ole Thomsen, Professor of Composites Design and Manufacture
- NCC update (PDF, 2,230kB) – Dr Giuseppe Dell’Anno, Chief Engineer, National Composites Centre
- CDT update (PDF, 1,147kB) (EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing) – Professor Stephen Eichhorn, CDT Director
- IDC update (PDF, 1,455kB) (Industrial Doctorate Centre in Composites Manufacture) – Professor Janice Barton