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Practicalities of Analysing Composite Materials

Practicalities of Analysing Composite Materials

Tuesday 5 December 2023 | Coventry, UK | Seminar

A​ccess presentations

Please review this selection of presentations from the seminar, which we have been granted permission to share with you.


Composites are playing an increasingly important role in all areas of engineering. Light, strong, corrosion-free, composites are ideal candidates for producing novel, light-weight structures.

However, designing composite parts and structures, because of their complexity, has always been a challenge. Simulation has the power to allow companies to meet this challenge head on, by taking advantage of the growing number of sophisticated numerical tools to predict stiffness and strength, analyse the manufacturing process, and help produce optimal designs for composite components and assemblies.

There are a growing number of sophisticated numerical tools to predict the stiffness and strength, to analyse the manufacturing process, and tools that can help produce optimal designs for composite components and composite assemblies.

This NAFEMS seminar will help you understand the issues and how you can use simulation to stay ahead of the game. The seminar will include:

  • case studies by materials and design engineering experts
  • discussions with leading academics who will assess the state of the art in design, simulation, failure analysis, digital twins, virtual testing and virtual inspection with regards to sustainable materials
  • best-practise applications of analysis techniques for composites
  • the key decisions to be made in selecting the appropriate modelling methods
  • compromises and assumptions required in order to carry out efficient and effective analyses.

This is an opportunity for you to share your experience in modelling sustainable and efficient materials, and gain confidence in applying cutting edge analysis tools to typical composite simulation tasks.


10:00 Registration

10:30 Introduction & Welcome
Olivia Stodieck, Dapta Ltd

Important Issues in Modelling the Response and Failure of Fibre-reinforced Composites
Michael Wisnom, University of Bristol

Optimisation of CFRP Lay-ups for Spacecraft Honeycomb Panels
Lydia Cabezudo Carrascal, Airbus

Electromagnetic Simulations for Composite Materials
George De Bolla, Jaguar Land Rover

Simulating Composites Manufacturing Processes
Stephen Hallett, University of Bristol

Finite Element Modelling of Very Large Composite Aircraft Wings
Silvestre Pinho, Imperial College London

Simulation Tools Developed for Next Generation Wing Production
Eoin Simon, National Composites Centre

16:30 Close

Sustainable, Efficient Materials


R​ooms 1 & 2
Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC)
Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)
Ansty Park

*PLEASE NOTE this postcode may not work in older sat nav systems. Please use CV7 9RD, which will direct you to Ansty Park.


Onsite parking is available free of charge. Delegate parking is located at the front and side of the AMTC building. Access to the car park is controlled by a security barrier. On approach to the barrier, delegates will need to press the buzzer to announce their arrival to security. When leaving the car park, delegates will need to drive up to the barrier which will lift on approach.


T​hank you for your support ...


Composites UK is the trade association for companies working in the UK’s fibre-reinforced polymer composite supply chain. Its focus is to encourage and promote its 380 member companies through furthering knowledge, lobbying government via the Composites Leadership Forum, facilitating networking and supporting industry growth.


We would like to extend an invitation to your company to be part of this event. There are several outstanding opportunities available for your company to sponsor the seminar, giving you maximum exposure to a highly targeted audience of delegates, who are all directly involved in simulation, analysis, and design.

P​lease contact the event organiser
Jo Potts, for further information;
+44 (0)1355 225688