The 2017 ACI Conference and Exhibition was held at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove, in Queensland on Wednesday and Thursday, 29 – 30 March 2017, with a half-day technical workshop on Tuesday 28 March 2017.
The 50 speakers from across industry, R&D organisations and academia reflected the conference theme “Shaping the future with composites” . They reported on current developments and innovations in materials, science, manufacturing processes and technologies across defence, aerospace, marine, automotive and mass transport, infrastructure and sport and recreation markets.
Speakers and delegates came from across Australia and as far afield as China, Iran, Korea, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland, North America and the UK. The program of speakers and topics is listed below.
The exhibition provided an excellent platform for delegates, suppliers and teaching and research organisations to network, renew and build new relationships and talk about opportunities to advance their business and careers and to join global and domestic industry composite professionals seeking to innovate with composite materials.
In its 14th year, this annual conference, hosted by Composites Australia with the support of SAMPE-Australia and the Engineers Australia technical society – the Australian Composite Structures Society (ACSS) – has proven to be a valuable forum for the sharing of industry and scientific knowledge on new and emerging developments in composites technologies, opportunities for new applications and markets as well as sessions to advance business management and marketing.
Dr John Russel
Technical Director, Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division US Air Force Research Laboratory.
Dr John D. Russell, the Technical Director of the United States Air Force Research Laboratory’s Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division presented the Keynote Address at the conference opening on the topic: Carbon Fiber Composites for Next Generation Military Aircraft.