NMA Lunchtime Seminars: Focus on Natural Materials in Composites

17 June 2021 1pm – 2.30pm
Webinar

 

You are invited to join us for our monthly virtual event where we will be focusing on natural materials in composites. This event will explore how natural materials provide a promising, greener option for composite reinforcements; whilst delving into how we can overcome the challenges involved in designing and manufacturing composites using natural fibres.


You will hear from:

  • Tasmin Boam, Development Engineer, Composites Evolution will talk about flax: a greener option for composite reinforcement
  • Hom Dhakal, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Portsmouth will talk about sustainable lightweight natural fibre composites: driving us closer to greener transport
  • Callum Hill, Director, JCH Industrial Ecology Ltd will talk about why natural fibres reinforced composites are brittle. 
  • John Summerscales, Professor of Composites Engineering, University of Plymouth will talk about the prediction of the moduli and strengths of natural fibre polymer matrix composites. 

The interactive seminar will also provide the opportunity for Question and Answers and we often hang around at the end for a fun and engaging panel session.

Agenda

13:00      


Start and greetings

13:10      


Tasmin Boam will speak for 7 minutes on flax: a greener option for composite reinforcement

13:25      


Hom Dhakal will speak for 7 minutes on sustainable lightweight natural fibre composites: driving us closer to greener transport

13:40      
Callum Hill will speak for 7 minutes on why natural fibres reinforced composites are brittle
 
13:55      
John Summerscales will speak for 7 minutes on the prediction of the moduli and strengths of natural fibre polymer matrix composites
 
14:10      
General discussion (always fun!)
 
14:30      
Close
 


Speakers

 

What is the NMA?

The Natural Materials Association (NMA) is the first UK body to represent the breadth of natural materials and its primary objective is to raise awareness of innovative uses of natural materials, develop a knowledge exchange between materials scientists, product designers and those in industry and education. 

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