PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP

THEME

“BOLTED JOINTS FOR COMPOSITES – HOW TO MAKE THEM RIGHT”.

Delivered by: Dr Rik Heslehurst, CPEng, FIEAust, FRAeS, FSAMPE, Composites Australia (Hon).

DATE: TUESDAY 2nd APRIL 2019.

TIME: 1.00pm – 5.00pm.

This half day workshop will review the fundamental failure modes of bolted composite structures and the conditions that cause these failure modes.

The two primary methods of joining composite materials is to adhesively bond them or mechanically fasten (bolt/rivet/pin) them.  Because of the heterogenous, orthotropic and laminated nature of composite structures the bolting of composites has significant limitation in structural design efficiencies and fabrication processes.  Poor fabrication processes can further reduce the structural efficiencies of a bolt composite structure.  Furthermore, the fabrication processes, loading mechanisms and modes, and environmental conditions will require substantial knockdown factors to be applied to bolted composite structures.

The top 10 issues of bolted composite joints will be summarized and reviewed, along with a general discussion on the key parameters that must be considered when designing and fabricating a bolted composite joint.  Delegates will learn which fabrication processes, degrade bolted composite joint performance and the fabrication processes that will improve bolted composite joint performance.

Some practical demonstrations of the good, the bad and the ugly in bolted composite joints will assist delegates understand bolted composite joints.

This Workshop will be followed by the official conference welcome reception from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.