Our Cohort 2 researcher Athanasios Pouchias attended the European Conference on Composite Materials (ECCM18) in Athends on the 24-28th June 2018.

 Athanasios was invited to give an oral presentation based on the conference paper he submitted.  His presentation outlined the initial steps for the development of an online flow monitoring system for the Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) process. The RTM is mainly used for manufacturing composite parts in medium volume production industries. This process is mostly used in aeronautical, automotive and wind energy applications, such as the manufacturing of wind turbine blades. The integration of a monitoring system to the process provides a better understanding of defects created during the process.

ESCM is a European, non-governmental, non-profit scientific and engineering organisation. The society encourages the free interchange of information on all those aspects related to composite materials which is the interest to the scientific and engineering community. Also, ESCM promotes European co-operation in the study of topics in composite materials science and technology and liaison with engineering and scientific bodies throughout Europe with similar aims and to serve as a facilitator for communication between such bodies.


The scientific program included the listed special sessions:

"Office of Naval Research – Marine Composites" organized by Dr. Rajapakse and Prof. Lopresto

"H2020 – Dynamic Loading – Pushing the Boundaries of Aerospace Composite Material Structures" organized by Prof. Meo

"In-Process Monitoring and Quality Assurance of CFRP Structures" – organized by Prof. Takeda

The conference took place in Athens, Greece from 24 to 28 of June. It covered an expansive list of subjects regarding composite materials, nanodielectrics and their processing. More than one thousand publications were presented from both industry and academia. The conference divided into eight parallel sessions in four days.

Athanasios stated that:

“The conference was very interesting as I could notice great interest on the composite materials manufacturing. I was fortunate to network with professionals who work on the “Industrie 4.0” concept and share my knowledge as the core subject of my research combines embedded intelligence with materials science and development.

The presentation of my work placed me in a challenging position to deliver the idea and the technical details of it. Also, I had the chance to communicate and discuss the project with the leading associates on manufacturing and advanced materials who provided their insight on the state-of-the-art work.”

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