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AeroEngineering 09 - Strategic Business Summit

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Aeroengineering 09
: 10 August, 2009  (Company News)
Visitors to access the Manchester Science Centre
Visitors to this year’s AeroEngineering 09 Strategic Business Summit in Manchester on November 10 & 11 have the exciting opportunity to tour the world-leading Manchester Materials Science Centre and gain unrivalled insights into the groundbreaking research and developments schedules at the University of Manchester’s Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility and its Textile Composites Facility, as well as receive an exclusive overview of the new Composites Certification & Evaluation Facility (CCEF) at the Northwest Composites Centre and tour its Materials Testing & Analysis Unit.

Targeted primarily at the qualification of flight critical parts and representing an investment of £8.2 million, CCEF combines and makes available the world-leading aerospace expertise and facilities from the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool, Lancaster and Bolton, and is designed to provide rapid manufacturing techniques (for industry and academia) as well as long-term research projects focused on performance and cost benefits.

In a exclusive arrangement between AeroEngineering and the University of Manchester’s Aerospace Research Institute, delegates to the AeroEngineering Strategic Business Summit will be presented with an overview of the impressive facilities available at CCEF, including the Northwest Composite Centre’s:

*Quickstep technology processing – rapid processing using a heat transfer fluid;

*Microwave processing;

*Robotic tow placement – methods for through-thickness placement of reinforcement;

*Structural testing – facilities for static and cyclic testing, impact testing and testing of joints; and

*Textile structures - design and manufacture of 3D woven, braided and knitted structures, for example.

The Centre has a number of research themes:

*Performance, modelling, impact and durability

*Fibres, textile structures, textile design, lay-up

*Thermoplastics, thermosets, matrix/fibre chemistry

*Uni-directional MMCs/GLARE, short fibre cast MMCs

*Damage characterisation.

The need for CCEF had been identified in particular by the Northwest Aerospace Alliance – the UK aerospace industry’s flagship organisation and a collaborative partner with AeroEngineering - which is looking to bolster the aerospace supply chain as it makes the transition from metallic to composite manufacturing for future aircraft build programmes.

CCEF also includes impressive X-ray 3D imaging, portable X-ray stress measurement and C-scan scanning facilities, including the unique Henry Moseley X-ray imaging facility which AeroEngineering delegates will relish. The facility comprises a suite of five state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) instruments for unrivalled facilities for CT over the widest possible range of spatial resolution capabilities, from millimetre to nanometer length scales.

The CCEF Materials Testing & Analysis Unit – the only XRD Residual Stress Measurement laboratory in the UK accredited to ISO 17025:2005 – primarily uses X-ray diffraction to determine residual stresses within aerospace components, and its in-house expertise embraces a comprehensive range of techniques for stress and damage characterisation.

The Manchester Materials Science Centre tour is one of a number of ‘added-value’ technical tour options being planned for delegates to the two-day AeroEngineering Strategic Business Summit. It is limited to 30 places on a first-come, first-served basis – so register your interest immediately online at – and will take place on Thursday November 12, after the two-day AeroEngineering Summit.

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