Sampe Conference 18 Southampton

Sampe Conference 18 Southampton Location: Hilton Ageas Bowl
Date: 11th - 13th September 2018

SAMPE Europe - Conference Southamphon 2018 - Tuesday 11 till Thursday 13 September 2018 in Hilton Ageas Bowl, Southampton, UK

THEME: Large Structures in Composite Engineering

Early bird rate available untill July 21. 


THEME: Large Structures in Composite Engineering

Focus on advanced composite engineering of Large Structures encompassing advanced composites materials, their processes, research, development, and applications. 

The Conference programme includes:

- Visits to several company plants and adjacent R & D Centres
- Tutorial Program.
Poster Presentation Students Seminar

Tuesday 11 September

- Pre-Conference Tutorials, Hilton Ageas Bowl Hotel – Southampton 

10.00 - 13.00 One 3 Hours Tutorial (A)
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Two parallel 3 Hour Tutorials (B1 or B2)

- Welcome Reception

Wednesday 12 September

- Opening & Plenary Session
- Parallel sessions
- Excursions & Plant visits
- Network dinner

Thursday 13 September

- Parallel sessions
- Farewell cocktail

VIEW ALL SESSIONS and presentations (PDF)


Pre-conference Tutorials, Tuesday 11 September

A. " Thermoplastic Composites in Aerospace: Materials, Technologies and Applications.” by Arnt R. Offringa , Head of Aerostructures R&T, GKN Fokker Technologies, Netherlands

This tutorial focusses on thermoplastic materials, processes and applications for the aerospace market. After an introduction on trends and the need for low weight structures, an overview of thermoplastic polymer types and different forms of thermoplastic composites is given. The reasoning behind thermoplastics is then explained, followed by a number of processing techniques. In the second part of the tutorial, successful aerospace applications are presented, followed by current developments and an outlook towards the future. The tutorial concludes with a note on thermoplastics in automotive.

B1. “ Design and manufacture of large composite structures.” by Prof. John Summerscales and Dr. Richard Cullen, School of Engineering, University of Plymouth, UK

Fifty years after the development of continuous carbon fibres, composite have become the accepted material for many applications across a variety of sectors. There is now increasing interest in composite structures which may be larger than the premises of many small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Notable examples include Princess Yachts 40M hull and the LM 88.4P wind turbine blades. This tutorial will review the technologies which have been considered for such large structures, then focus on the practicalities of the resin infusion under flexible tooling (RIFT, also variously known as RFI, SCRIMPTM, VARTM or semipreg) processes for the manufacture of large composite monolithic and sandwich structures.

B2. “Tooling Technologies for Composites Manufacturing: Additive, Metal, Composites, Rubber, Shape Memory, Molds and Dr. Scott W. Beckwith, BTG Composites Inc. & SAMPE Global Technical Director, USA

Tooling is the basis for forming almost all composite structures and in a sense, is a “market for processing composites” in itself. The intent of this tutorial is to provide interested attendees with a detailed overview of tooling technologies currently available using various materials: metals, composites, rubber & elastomers, shape memory materials, foams, ceramics, additive materials, hybrids, and many more options. Limitations, operational temperature boundaries, durability issues, tooling “guidelines”, material properties, tooling support structures, and other issues pertinent to both Prototype and Production will be covered. The important of fibre-resin material selection for composite tools and concerns over “spring-in” and “spring-out” aspects will be covered.
Since significant applications involve “moulding” processes, mould tooling often is important to infusion processes such as RTM, VARTM, VIP, RFI, SQRTM, and numerous HP-RTM (type) processing today. Numerous end-use applications of structures will be provided along with the presentation materials.


Automotive Special: F1 Talks and guided tours at the Beaulieu Motor Museum. 

Formaplex: Specialising in tooling and component design and manufacture, Formaplex has been supporting the composites sector for nearly 20 years. With a long history of supporting challenging projects, as well as delivering automotive and aerospace components directly into the supply chain.

Sunseeker: As the largest privately owned shipyard in the world, Sunseeker specialises in design and manufacture of luxury motor yachts using composite materials. In recent years, Sunseeker has developed and adopted a number of advanced composite processes, ensuring their yachts remain at the forefront of technical excellence.

GE Aviation Systems Ltd. (Hamble): Part of the GE Aviation business, which has designed and delivered innovative aircraft engines utilising advanced composites technologies. GE Aviation (Hamble) has built a reputation as a leading tier 1 and 2 supplier to the aerospace sector, with a major focus upon integrated and complex composite structures. This tour is already sold out. Haven't you booked yet? Please make a different choice. 

Ben Ainslie Racing (Jaguar Land Rover BAR): As one of the world's most successful Olympic sailors, Ben Ainslie has been leading the BAR team in their efforts to recapture the America's Cup. This race series is at the cutting edge for technology in sailing and is made possible by the innovative use of advanced materials and processing.

MouldCam: A large scale tooling and component manufacturer, MouldCam specialises in the design and construction of tooling for the composites industry. The business has a long established history of supporting the marine and the renewable sectors in particular, with master models, tools and components.

RNLI College: The headquarters for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. The centre of excellence for training and development for all volunteer crew and lifeguards are trained. The site is also the all weather lifeboat centre, where the manufacture and refit of the Shannon class of vessel is taken care of.

Conference tours / Plant visits / Automotive Special are free for all conference attendees. First come (booked), first serve.

Select your choice in the registrationform under Tours

Sampe Europe Conference Southampton 2018


Hilton Ageas Bowl


Book your room with Destination Southampton: 

Destination Southampton are proud to work with SAMPE Europe to offer you the following accommodation and rates in Southampton for SAMPE 2018. Rates apply from 11th September 2018 for 2 nights and are available until 11th August 2018 subject to availability. English breakfast included. 

The 171-bedroom four-star hotel offers guests an indulgent and luxurious experience. It is an ideal base for both corporate and leisure visitors with stunning bedrooms either overlooking the pitch, or the stunning golf course.
0 miles to conference venue. Rates per night: Single 160 pounds, Double 170 pounds. 

The Express by Holiday Inn Southampton – M27, Jct7, adjacent to the Ageas Bowl - Home of Hampshire Cricket, is conveniently located for both inbound and outbound passengers using Southampton Airport.
0.1 miles to the conference venue. Rates per night: Single 110 pounds, Double 110 pounds. 


CALL +44 (0) 345 226 9944 or email Sarah at or visit (for Sampe 2018) and complete our on-line accommodation form. 

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