Four topics at Materials 2017 as an answer to material challenges

composite, net-shape

The next edition of the Materials trade fair, which takes place on 31 May and 1 June in Veldhoven, has a practice-oriented set-up themed around four pillars: materials, surface techniques, joining techniques and analysis techniques. Keynote ­speeches and live demos will be presented in the different Experience Areas to inspire visitors. Sirris and BIL/IBS will also be there.

With more than 85 participants and about 40 knowledge sessions the trade fair wants to make a connection between science and practical applications. Each of the four pillars on which the fair is built shall be assigned its own area at the trade fair location. Within a certain zone the exhibitors will be positioned around collective Experience Areas where they will give live demos or where visitors can set to work. Every area also has a separate seminar room. 

Seminar about composite wishbone

Sirris will be present with different expertises at the trade fair (stand number 70) and will also contribute to the presentations. Markus Kaufmann of SLC-Lab will take care of the seminar on 'Net-shape production of a composite wishbone'. This is a demonstrator that recently gained international attention: a wishbone for the suspension of a Volkswagen Golf, developed by the lab together with two German partner universities. The component illustrates that the resin transfer moulding technology is perfectly suited for complex designs. It does not require post-treatment and even allows for the integration of optical fibre sensors for structural health monitoring. During the seminar we will discuss the complexity of matrix design for RTM, the integration of inserts in complex preforms, and measuring the tensions by means of fibre sensors. 

Partner organisation BIL/IBS will also give a lecture: Fleur Maas will discuss the joining techniques of different materials, a topic which will also be extensively discussed at the network event in the context of the Multi Material Joining project on 23 March.

More info about the fair is available in our agenda.