British Composites Society newsletter

Welcome to first edition of 2016 of the newsletter from The British Composites Society, a Division of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).  This newsletter looks forward and showcases the planned activities of the BCS in 2016.

Ebby Shahidi

Chairman, The British Composites Society

JEC 2016, March, Paris
Members of the BCS Board will be attending the JEC World Composites Show on 8-10 March 2016 in Paris, France. If you would like to find out more about the BCS you can meet our Chairman, Ebby Shahidi, on the Chomarat stand, Hall 5A Booth H46. More details.

Magic of Materials
BCS Board member Sean Cooper and fellow STEM Ambassador Lucy Woodfine will be assisting with composite materials lectures and practical composite manufacturing workshops as part of the IOM3 Magic of Materials Summer School. The 3-day residential course runs from 5 to 7 July 2016, will be hosted by St Paul’s School in South London and will be offering 28 free delegate places to YR10 students across the UK (14 boys and 14 girls). Company sponsorship opportunities for this event are available. Please contact Dr Diane Aston at the IOM3 for more details or click here to find out more

Future Directions for Lightweight Materials and Structures
The British Composites Society will be supporting this East Midlands Materials Society regional conference, also in conjunction with the Light Metals Division of IOM3. This will be a half-day event which aims to consider the challenges and opportunities for the optimum use of lightweight materials in engineering structures. The problems will be looked at both from a materials and an applications perspective. There will be speakers from Cranfield University, Jaguar Land Rover, DSTL, Loughborough University, Rolls-Royce, Magnesium Electron, TWI and others. Find out more.

Composites Technician Trailblazer Apprenticeship
Composites manufacturers have previously had limited options for their Apprentices based on a metallics framework with the composites units bolted on. Under this Government’s 'Trailblazer' initiative, we will soon have a dedicated Composites Technician Apprenticeship programme which will help address the serious skills shortages facing all sectors engaged in composites manufacture. This has been strongly supported by the BCS and the IOM3 who will provide the Professional Body input to the qualification.

A widespread employer group, facilitated by Composites UK and chaired by Rolls Royce, has consulted with a range of companies and providers to determine the content and structure of the award. With 8 mandatory units, an Apprentice will have a broad understanding of composites materials and processes making cross sector transfer easier and together with a range of optional units, this will enable an Apprentice to gain a deep understanding of company specific requirements. For further information on this great opportunity to address skills needs, please contact Brian Thornton who has led the development work.

Educating the Next Generation using Pultruded Rings
Composite Engineers of the future will benefit from the initiative of BCS Board member Sean Cooper. After contact from CFM Ltd of Darlington via Composites UK some free offcuts of pultruded tube were made available. Sean realised these offcuts would be ideal for demonstrating to school students the stiffness and lightness of composites compared to more traditional materials. Several lengths of the tubing, pultruded by Pultrex, were obtained and cut into rings by Pentaxia of Derby. The rings were polished by NPL and will be delivered to Dr Diane Aston of IOM3 with a materials card and activity sheet for use in the Schools Affiliate Scheme. A service that brings materials into the classroom. More information at and 

Composites Engineering
The British Composites Society are pleased to announce that they will be supporting this year’s Composites Engineering show that will be held at the NEC, Birmingham, UK on 2-3 November 2016. Members of IOM3 staff, alongside BCS Board members, will be available to talk to about the activities of the BCS and the IOM3. Find out more.

Contact us
The British Composites Society is a Division of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Ebby Shahidi, Chairman

Dr Matthew Thornton, Secretary

Dr Keith Watkinson
Divisional Coordinator

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, 
297 Euston Road
Tel: +44 (0)20 7451 7300

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