Welcome to the ACPA Seminar Series, a monthly webinar series including various topics of interest related to advancing the Chemical Profession in Alberta. For the next seminar in this series, we are happy to introduce Joanna Wong, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at The University of Calgary to speak on the 'State-of-the-Art in Additive Manufacturing of Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites and Current Challenges for End-Use Applications ' on January 24, 2023. Each seminar will be eligible for 1 PDC credit.
6:45 - 6:59 PM MT - Networking
7:00 - 8:00 PM MT - Presentation and Q&A
State-of-the-Art in Additive Manufacturing of Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites and Current Challenges for End-Use Applications
Fibre reinforced polymer composites (FRPC) are appealing for use in applications where properties of high stiffness, high strength and low weight are directly correlated to increased performance. However, the manufacture of FRPC parts generally relies on the use of expensive moulds, or tooling, to bring the materials into the desired form. The cost of the tooling may be prohibitive and an obstacle to the accessibility of FRPC parts for low series and custom parts manufacturers. Additive manufacturing (AM) is a layer-by-layer process and is thus congruous with the laminate nature of continuous fibre composite materials. AM technologies may offer an opportunity to reduce composite processing’s dependency on moulds. In the last decade since AM was first introduced to continuous FRPCs, various strategies to obtain high quality composite parts have been tried and tested, including in-nozzle impregnation and the use of fully consolidated intermediate materials for various thermosetting resin and thermoplastic matrix systems. This presentation will examine the current state-of-the-art in the AM of FRPC materials with an emphasis on the scope of available materials and quality of prints obtainable. Some of the current challenges faced by the composite industry with respect to AM will be discussed. Examples of the ongoing work at the University of Calgary in expanding the scope of materials and design space available for additively manufactured FRPC parts will be presented. The intent of this presentation to provide a general overview of the topic to a scientific audience.
Joanna Wong, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at The University of Calgary
Dr. Joanna C. H. Wong is an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary in the Schulich School of Engineering, where she is also currently serving as the Associate Head of Graduate Studies in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Her research is in developing new materials and material processes for functional lightweight structures. Most recently, she has been developing thermoplastic composites, which have greater potential for recycling and better material toughness than their conventional epoxy-based counterparts. Since joining the University of Calgary in 2017, her research efforts have been focused on additive manufacturing of fibre-reinforced polymer composites, from the development of the constituent materials and 3D printing filaments to the additive manufacturing process and the mechanical characterization of the printed parts. Prior to joining the University of Calgary, Dr. Wong has held positions as a Senior Research Assistant at the ETH Zurich, the Principal Scientist of a Boston-based start up company, and a Postdoctoral Researcher in Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA-Dübendorf). Dr. Wong obtained her PhD from the Composite Materials and Adaptive Structure Lab at ETH Zurich, joint MSc degrees in Microelectromechanical Systems Engineering from ESIEE-Paris and Nanyang Technological University, and a BASc in Engineering Science, specializing in Nanoengineering, from the University of Toronto.
Registration Deadline: January 23, 2023
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