SAMPE Long Beach Tutorials

Pre-conference tutorials are half-day courses that provide a low-cost introduction to advanced M&P concepts. Designed for both technical and non-technical sales staff, SAMPE tutorials are educational, useful, and highly rated. Tutorials are included with Premium registration and can be purchased separately with other types of registration.


Tutorial Rates
Included with Premium Registration
With any Conference Registration - $175           
Student Registration - $75
A la carte - $225


MORNING TUTORIALS - 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Aerospsace vs. Automotive: Perspective on Approach and Application of Composites
Robert Yancey, Altair Engineering
The Aerospace industry has driven much of the composites usage over the past few decades with significant acceleration in their use in primary structures in the last few years. The automotive industry is now taking a serious look at composites and how they can help the industry meet the demanding fuel efficiency requirements in the near future. This tutorial provides a perspective on the challenges, opportunities, requirements, and needs of these industries in regards to composite structure design, manufacturing, repair, and disposal. A review of these issues will be presented as well as lessons learned from each industry and areas of potential collaboration in the future.


Composites Repair Technology
Louis Dorworth, Abaris Training Resources, Inc.
This tutorial will explore materials, methods, techniques, and equipment currently used to repair advanced composite structures. We will look at the common repair design approaches across different industries, examining aspects of repairing both sandwich and solid laminate structures, followed with a discussion of the pros and cons of each repair method. This session will also feature an overview of the double vacuum debulk (DVD) process and talk about repairs to lightning strike protection (LSP) at the surface of composite structures. The discussion will be audience-interactive and will include conversation about the fine details that can influence the quality of a composite repair.

Introduction to Composite Materials: An Overview
David Fullwood, Brigham Young University
This tutorial will overview the foundational principles of underlying fiber-reinforced polymer composites. The history and trends in the application of these materials will be briefly reviewed. The basic principles of composite mechanics will be explained. These principles, along with material selection strategies, are developed to form key inputs for general design methodologies. The envelope of available resin and fiber composite components is explored, including thermoset and thermoplastic resins. Available reinforcement topologies are summarized, and production processes reviewed. Topical issues such as environmental impact and recyclability are briefly reviewed.

Test Methods for Composites
Don Adams, Wyoming Test Fixtures
This tutorial is intended both as an introduction for the novice and as a refresher for the experienced individual involved in the design, testing, and manufacturing of composite components. Composite materials, whether for use in high performance structures or in commodity applications, present many unique testing problems. Thus, this tutorial will be directed toward the proper selection of a test method for each specific application, from the many methods currently available. Examples will include properties characterization for mechanical design, and evaluations of manufacturing quality control. Although some test methods have been standardized by ASTM, ISO and other standards groups, others have not, having evolved as company standards in recent years. Thus, it is important to be able to decide which test to use in a particular situation, and which composite characteristics are to be determined. The goal is to understand what needs to be done, and the time required, facilities, and costs involved in doing so. As will be demonstrated, mechanical testing can be very time consuming and expensive. Thus, it is especially important to do it correctly the first time. This is a particular challenge because of the wide range of test methods often available and in common use for determining the same composite property. Tensile, compressive, flexure, shear and fracture toughness test methods for unidirectional, laminate, fabric, random-fiber-reinforced, and sandwich panel composites will be reviewed. This will include the special problems involved when making evaluations at temperatures above and below ambient, and when testing moisture-conditioned specimens. In all cases, proper specimen preparation techniques and test procedures will be emphasized.


AFTERNOON TUTORIALS - 1:00 – 4:00 PM 


Additive Manufacturing
Jennifer Fielding, Air Force Research Laboratory Additive Manufacturing (AM)
Also known as 3D printing, has been used for prototyping for many years and is now emerging as a mainstream manufacturing technology. Benefits of additive manufacturing include shorter lead times, mass customization, and the ability to produce parts with complex geometries that are unable to be manufactured using traditional methods. This tutorial will cover a brief history of AM technology and allow the participants to gain a deep understanding of the different types of additive manufacturing processes. The instructor will cover the pros and cons of those processes and provide guidance on which processes are suitable for which applications. An understanding will be gained of the process steps to make an additively manufactured part, from design development to post-processing and inspection. Current research in advanced materials and new processes for additive manufacturing will be covered. Examples will be given on process/structure/property relationships for high performance polymer and metals systems. The tutorial will also cover the current state of many challenges remaining for AM – the need for improved dimensional accuracy and surface finish, process variability and controls, qualification and certification protocols, and standards development.

Composites Manufacturing and Processing: An Overview
Don Radford, Colorado State University
This tutorial is an overview of the more commonly encountered manufacturing processes for fiber reinforced composites, with the focus on polymer matrix material systems, including both thermosets and thermoplastics. A number of different types of manufacturing processes are discussed, with examples and applications from a variety of composite market segments. Processing equipment, procedures and expendables will be discussed. Some emphasis will be placed on how to select appropriate processing technologies based on product requirements.

Thermoplastic Matrix Composites
DeWayne Howell, TenCate Advanced Composites
Fiber reinforced thermoplastics composites continue to gain footing in the aerospace, automotive and industrial markets. Understanding this material, its benefits, its challenges and its processing methods is key to successfully designing and producing thermoplastic structures. This tutorial will highlight the need for thermoplastic composites. It will give details on the various thermoplastic matrix materials and available forms of fiber reinforced thermoplastics. Much discussion will focus on processing methods and important guidelines for producing parts. As with any composite, joining of structures and parts is a critical performance factor and thermoplastics have some unique joining techniques that will be reviewed. Throughout the tutorial, real life applications of structures across several industries will be presented. If you want to know what all the thermoplastic hype is about and what you need to do as the demand for these materials increase, this tutorial will help you to take advantage of this wave of innovation. 

Tooling for Composites Manufacturing
Louis Dorworth, Abaris Training Resources, Inc.
This tutorial will provide a comprehensive overview of industry recognized tooling methods and practices, with emphasis on fundamental tool design ideas for both metal and composite tooling, unique molding processes, and provide guidelines for producing quality molds, mandrels, and fixtures used to manufacture composite components and structures. Much focus will be on tooling materials and thermal properties that effect dimensional stability of tools used at elevated temperatures. During the course of the seminar, we will investigate both legacy and modern tooling systems and applications. This session is designed to be audience-interactive, allowing attendees to ask questions and discuss ideas during the course of the presentation.


SAMPE Conference and Exhibition

Conference: May 23-26, 2016

Exhibition: May 24-25, 2016