SE Conference 21 Baden / Zürich - LIVE & VIRTUAL

SE Conference 21 Baden / Zürich - LIVE & VIRTUAL Location: TRAFO Conference Center - Baden, Switzerland
Date: 29th - 30th September 2021

The SAMPE Europe 21 Conference will be held in Baden / Zürich, Switzerland from 29 - 30 September 2021. The event will be organized in a joint co-operation between SAMPE Switzerland and SAMPE Europe. The event will be both LIVE & VIRTUAL.

A Pre-Conference Tutorial Program and the 36th SAMPE Students Seminar are held in conjunction with this SAMPE Europe International Conference. At SAMPE Europe Conferences over 100 authors are on stage. They present high-quality Technical Papers that focus on Challenging Applications in Advanced Composites Materials and their Processes. In the accompanying exhibition over 30 sponsoring companies will present their most recent innovations. Delegates from over 25 countries are expected.

The conference programme also will include:
  • 36th SAMPE Europe Student Seminar
  • Tutorials & Showcases
  • Plant Tours
  • Exhibition of sponsors
  • Table Tops 

Theme: "Innovating towards Perfection”

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SAMPE Conference 21 in TRAFO Baden is a COVID-free B-to-B Event. Compulsory presentation of a valid Covid Certificate to access the event:

  • For a COVID free event the Swiss Government requests a Covid Certificate (Paper or Digital and unexpired before the end of the event)for people who are: a) vaccinated, b) Covid recovered or c) negative PCR or rapid antigen test within 48 hours prior to the events end.
  • Entering the Conference the QR Code on the Certificate is checked and compared with a valid ID.
  • Rapid Antigen tests are available in Baden close to the Conference Centre. Cost for CHF 50.00. More information:
  • Certificates originated in UK or EU/EFTA member countries will be accepted.
  • Updated August 20, 2021.

General Organization Team:
Hans - Jürg Gysin-Petermann, President SAMPE Switzerland
Prof. Véronique Michaud, Head Scientific Cie. SAMPE Switzerland
Rudolf de Ruijter, Conference Manager SAMPE Europe
Sabine Vogt, General Assistance SAMPE Switzerland
Riana Jongema, General Assistance SAMPE Europe

Scientific Cie.- Chair: 
Prof. Véronique Michaud - EPFL - Switzerland 

Guy Larnac – Ariane Group - France    

Prof. Markus Grob - FHNW - Switzerland
Prof. Urs Meier - EMPA - Switzerland
Gregor Peickert - ZHAW - Switzerland
Markus Zogg - ETHZ - Switzerland
Prof. Christian Brauner - FHNW - Switzerland
Prof. Gion Barandun - OST - Switzerland
Steve Merillat - Composites United - Switzerland

Scientific Support Team:
Prof. Jyrki Vuorinen – Tampere University - Finland
Henrik Schmutzler – Lufthansa Technik  - Germany 
Prof. Conchúr Ó Brádaigh – University of Edinburgh - UK
Guy Larnac – Ariane Group - France
Prof. Aart van Vuure – KU Leuven - Belgium
Arnt Offringa – GKN Fokker  - Netherlands


Authors of Technical Papers approved for poster presentation and participants of the 36th Students Seminar will exhibit their poster at SE 21:

- Posters are LIVE exhibited at TRAFO Baden.
- Posters are VIRTUAL exhibited at the Virtual Platform.

During Coffee Breaks & Lunches authors can talk with delegates being aside from their poster at the Sponsor Exhibition & Poster Presentations area. Virtual attendees can contact all authors over the Virtual Platform.

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There is a Delegates Best Poster Award, to be selected by online voting, for the best poster presentation. The prize for the author(s) is an invitation to SAMPE Europe Summit 2022, Paris, and a free ticket to JEC World 2022.

- For LIVE Delegates: To vote, use the camera on your mobile, SCAN the QR code of your favorite posters as exhibited in TRAFO Baden.
- For VIRTUAL Delegates: To vote, use the camera on your mobile, SCAN the QR code of your favorite posters as shown on the Virtual Platform

Delegates may vote for all the posters they like. Voting closes at 14.00 hrs 30th September 2021.




For LIVE attendants only. Depending availability / Approval of the Hosting Company.

Location 9T-Labs - Zürich - 1 Tutorial of 2.5 - 3 Hrs. - excl. transport time

- 9T-Labs (in collaboration with FHNW)
Fee 50,- Euro / person / Tutorial - Transport costs Baden - 9T-Labs vv by train included.

Location FHNW - Windisch - 1 Tutorial of 2.5 - 3 Hrs. - excl. transport time
- Synthesites, Hexagon and PhotonFirst (in collaboration with FHNW)  
Fee 50,- Euro / person / Tutorial - Transport costs Baden - Windisch vv by train included.

Location KATZ - Aarau - 1 Tutorial of 2.5 - 3 Hrs. - excl. transport time
- KATZ Plastics Training & Technology Center (in collaboration with FHNW & Krelus AG)  
Fee 50,- Euro / person / Transport costs Baden - Aarau vv by train included.

Location TRAFO - Baden - 1 Tutorial with 6 speakers of 3 - 3.5 Hrs.
- Suprem, AFPT, Automation Steeg & Hoffmeyer, Dynatec
- Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials Composites
- Bossard
Fee 50,- Euro / person


Bossard AG

"Adhesive free connection method enables multi material joints within fractions of a second"
Can an innovation from the medical industry revolutionize the aerospace / lightweight transportation world? The MultiMaterial-Welding Technology enables the joining of different materials by creating a mechanical form-lock. It is an innovative fastening technique using ultrasonic energy to create a frictional positive connection in porous materials, sheet structures, sandwich materials, injection-molded, and pressure mouldings. To achieve this, rod or collar-shaped thermoplastic elements are used to fasten components. Various challenges of aerospace / lightweight material manufactures can be addressed, from lightweight design to cost reduction of manufacturing processes. MultiMaterial-Welding has created a joining technology platform that includes multiple technologies and tools, incl. software solutions for real-time, non-destructive quality control based on machine learning.

Mr. Dr. Martin Rhême will hold the presentation in Baden on Tuesday, September 28th. Martin Rhême holds a PhD in Material science and technology from the EPFL (CH). He has been active in the development of joining technologies for more than 10 years, both in academic and industrial environment. Since 2016 he is working at MM-Welding and is now coordinating and managing the technology development and standardization activities to support scaling up MM-Welding presence on the transportation market.


9T-Labs (in collaboration with FHNW)

"Additive Fusion Technology for Structural CFRP Parts"
Novel manufacturing processes enable the transition from special applications to digital series production in the use of additive manufactured fiber composite parts. High-performance polymers such as PA12 and PEKK are combined with industrial-grade carbon fibers to achieve a high fiber volume ratio of up to 60%. This is necessary to develop load-bearing structural applications. By upfront digital modeling of the process, a highly optimized composite component can be produced. Numerical methods from construction to processing allow a weight reduction of over 40% compared to classic metal construction. A proprietary second process step, additive fusion technology, can achieve high mechanical performance. This second process step opens up this technology for completely new applications that go far beyond those of prototype production. This tutorial at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) together with the partner 9T Labs will perform a practical demonstration of the following design, simulation, and manufacturing methods:

- Introduction of design methods for additive manufactured fiber-reinforced composite parts
- Printing of CFRP parts with 9T Labs novel build module
- Simulation of the Fusion process with 9T Labs novel fusion module
- Fusion of CFRP parts, live demonstration
- Mechanical testing of additive manufactured CFRP parts


Synthesites, Hexagon and PhotonFirst (in collaboration with FHNW)

"Applied Online Process Monitoring for Composite Manufacturing”
The transition in the use of fiber composite structures from special applications to ap-plication in the mass market is accompanied by high demands in quality assurance. The consequential costs of unclear process design, unknown fiber orientations and uncertainty about the effects can lead to market considerations in mass production that advise against the use of fiber composites, despite their superiority compared with conservative construction materials. Online process monitoring along the full process chain is an essential starting point for robust industrial use of fiber composites as well as backbone for digitalization in the context of digital twin technologies. This tutorial at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), placed in Windisch, together with the partners Synthesites, Hexagon and PhotonFirst will perform a practical demonstration of the following online process monitoring methods:

- Measurement of fibre orientation on complex curved parts by advanced vision system
- Measurement of process induced strains by Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensor
- Curing monitoring

Measurement of fibre orientation on complex curved parts by advanced vison system


Demonstration of the Apodius vision system to measure local fibre orientation during draping. The Apodius Vision system 3D by Hexagon will be used to measure structural topology of the part as well as the surface images. These surface images are mapped on the geometrical information and by vision methods analyzed to derive local fiber orientation. Supporting partners: FHNW.

Curing monitoring


Synthesites has developed a new process monitoring system based on the direct measurement of resistivity (DC-based) with a focus on industrial manufacturing. The Optimold system measures directly resin resistivity and temperature using specialized sensors capable of the in-situ measuring of the resin’s resistance, from very low values at high temperatures to fully cured resins with the measured resistance ranging from 105 Ohm up to 1014 Ohm. Supporting partner: Synthesites.

Measurement of process induced strains by Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensor


PhotonFirst has a broad range of interrogation platforms with a typical sampling rate of 19.2kHz for FBG based structural health monitoring applications. A single array of optical fiber can consist of several sensors enabling multipoint strain and temperature sensing. Moreover, FBG sensors are light in weight and small in size. Therefore, they are suitable for embedded sensing applications such as strain monitoring during composite manufacturing process and during its operation. Supporting partner: PhotonFirst.

FHNW - Institute of Polymer Engineering

FHNW creates sustainable, plastic-based product and processes innovations with a focus on high-performance polymers and composites. FHNW achieves the level of ingenuity required for this by implementing an interdisciplinary approach, fusing together the fields of raw materials, construction and processing. In doing so we approach product development with plastics in a holistic way. FHNW’s expertise in the fields of chemistry and analytics, process engineering and structural mechanics blends very well with the surface structuring and functionalisation expertise of the FHNW Institute of Polymer Nanotechnology.

KATZ Plastics Training & Technology Center (in collaboration with FHNW and Krelus AG)

“Rapid Infrared Controlled Curing of Thermoset Composites”
The production and curing of thermoset fibre composite components are usually carried out using conventional heating techniques at atmospheric pressure with an oven, pressurized forced convection using an autoclave or a conductive system using a heating press. Each of these techniques is energy demanding and requires high capital investment. A novel process using only a controlled and required minimal amounts of energy from infrared radiation has been developed. Due to the ease of monitoring infrared radiation, this newly developed process is more adaptable, controllable, and cost‐efficient than existing techniques. During this tutorial, an introduction to the IR curing of composites will be given. Furthermore, a developed mathematical model to predetermine the infrared heater parameters required to cure complex shape composite components will be presented. Finally, a simple thermoset composite part will be cured at the IR oven, demonstrating the efficiency of this technique.


Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials Composites

"Mechanical properties of LWRT semi-finished materials using the example of SymaLITE®"
This presentation is also aimed at developers and engineers who have had little or no experience with LWRT materials (Low Weight Reinforced Thermoplastics). The aim is to explain the mechanical behaviour of this group of materials, in particular the bending and tensile properties, as clearly and comprehensibly as possible using the example of the SymaLITE® SL Ultra HP 1400 V4.0 material from Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials Composites AG (MCAM Composites).

Suprem, AFPT, Automation Steeg & Hoffmeyer, Dynatec

This tutorial will address continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic materials and automated manufacturing process with in-situconsolidation; Tape winding and Fibre placement.



"Thermoplastic Composites & Automation"
In the laser-assisted placement process, thermoplastic tapes are melted by a laser beam and bonded to the substrate by means of a consolidation roller. This very clean and very fast process makes it possible to produce thermoplastic fibre composite components for the highest demands in a fully automated manufacturing process. A recording of all relevant process parameters with online evaluation ensures the quality of the produced components. The component classes that can be realised with this process include primarily wound components such as pipes, inserts for injection moulded components, containers, etc. With its placement system, AFPT offers solutions for the automated production of thermoplastic composite components, but also research and development equipment for scientific institutions.

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Automation Steeg & Hoffmeyer

The F²-Compositor significantly increases the level of tape laying efficiency. Precise, high-speed fiber placement of 4 m/s sets a new benchmark in motion control. In addition, the miniaturization of application units, lead to small machines, so-called, “Lab-Cubs” for tape placement and winding with microtapes. Our link to the field of additive manufacturing.



"Optimization of composites material for use in jewellery and luxury watches"
Ultra-thin UD prepreg initially developed for the aeronautic industry are used to manufacture thick laminates which are then machined into luxury watch components. Every step of the value-added chain is carefully chosen and validated before being used in the final manufacturing process. Even with these strict conditions, 2 productions batches are never 100% identical, some adaptations are constantly applied to the process to avoid huge scrap-rates. Dry zones, porosity, fibre movement, impurity and dimensions of the prepreg are parameters that must be dealt on a daily basis. Finally, its’ mandatory to fulfil in the same time the requirements in terms of dimensional, mechanical and esthetical features, knowing that these 3 parameters influence each other.





FREE for LIVE Conference Delegates only. Including Transport. Depending availability / Approval of the Hosting Company.


Plant Tour Autoneum Switzerland AG, Sevelen
Autoneum is globally leading in acoustic and thermal management for vehicles. The Company develops and produces multifunctional, lightweight components and systems for interior floor and engine bay as well as the underbody. Customers include almost all automobile manufacturers in Europe, North & South America, Asia, and Africa. Autoneum operates 53 production facilities and employs around 12 800 people in 24 countries. The Company with its headquarters in Winterthur, Switzerland, is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. The Company’s Swiss plant in Sevelen employs around 280 people and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.


Advanced Materials in Construction at Empa and Carbo-Link AG
Empa is an institution of the ETH domain and was established in 1880 as a laboratory for "Testing of Building Materials" at ETH Zürich. Andreas Winistörfer founded Carbo-Link AG twenty years ago as a spin-off company of Empa. Empa and Carbo-Link are pioneers in the fields of advanced composite materials in construction. They unveiled e.g. last year a breakthrough with the use of CFRP hangers for a railway network arch bridge. In 1991, Empa celebrated its number one world's first with the application of CFRP laminates for the external post-strengthening of a bridge. This technique is nowadays state-of-the-art.


Ensinger Composites

Thermoplastic Composite Materials Development
Ensinger Composites Schweiz is the development centre of the Ensinger Composites Group. At the Swiss location manifold development programs are running: From material development, through manufacturing process development to part development, all the stages of thermoplastic composites activities are covered in a lab and small industrial scale, before the developments are upscaled into the high-volume manufacturing facilities.


Hitachi ABB

Innovative Power Solutions
Hitachi ABB Power Grids (HAPG) as a Switzerland based company has a long history in providing innovative power solutions. Composites enable solutions in power transmission, where dynamic mechanical loads are combined with high thermal and electrical requirements. The factory tour of the Hitachi ABB Power Grids factory in Klingnau will show besides the production facility for accurate machining, also the processing of composites by pressing, filament winding and vacuum infusion. Another clear focus is on electrical testing of composite insulation materials. In the testing lab a demonstration of electrical breakdown testing of composite laminates will be shown. Various testing parameters and material types will be used.

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Huntsman Advanced Materials

Huntsman Advanced Materials efficient solutions to enable sustainable aviation
For more than 70 years, as a global provider, Huntsman Advanced Materials has developed innovative solutions and high-performance thermoset materials for the fabrication, assembly, and repair of a very broad range of composite components for most of the markets where our products demonstrate everyday efficiency in processing. Our Research & Development team continuously experiment with new chemistries and technologies to fulfill today’s requirements, anticipate tomorrow’s needs, and comply with ever more stringent health, safety, and environmental regulations.

Furthermore, our process control from raw material qualification to the delivery of finished products enables us to produce advanced materials known for their quality and reliability. On top, we provide a significant reduction in operational risk of production line shutdowns due to our global manufacturing footprint and multiple aerospace qualified production sites which are unique to Huntsman. After an overview of our different product portfolios (Adhesives  Void Fillers, Composite systems and Building blocks for formulators) we will present the opportunities offered by MIRALON® products, a new class of carbon-nanotube based materials, which are available as sheet, yarn, and pulp. The day will end with a tour within our application (prepreg, binder application, RTM/Compression Molding) and mechanical testing facilities.

Huntsman Advanced Materials

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials Composites

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials is considered the world market leader in the production of classic glass-mat-reinforced thermoplastics (GMT). This semi-finished product in panel form was developed primarily as a substitute for metals (steel, aluminum etc.) and its main purchasers can be found in the automotive industry. While classic GMT composite materials in the automotive industry are mainly used in semi-structural components (instrument panels, tail gates, seats etc.), GMTex® composites reinforced with fabrics and layered fibres are also conquering structural vehicle components, until now the preserve of metals (e.g. front ends and bumper brackets). Presentation and guided tour along production lines for Glass-Mats, Lamination and Extrusion.


OST - IWK Institute for Materials Technology and Plastics Processing

Swiss precision for surfers on all the world's oceans
Tapes from SUPREM, plastics from EMS, series production at svismold, developed together with the IWK: a new generation of Swiss Made surf fins is currently conquering the world market. Since the end of 2019, svismold located in Buchs, Eastern Switzerland,  has been producing the "H4" fin for FCS, the Australian market leader. The product, which is placed in the professional sector, is manufactured using a back injection process with UD tapes and combines the highest precision, very good mechanical properties, and an extremely efficient manufacturing process. In the meantime, a worldwide sales rollout took place - with an overwhelming response. At the IWK in Rapperswil-Jona, a competence center in one of the Swiss hotspots of the plastics industry, you can learn more about the manufacturing technology directly from the partners involved and get a live insight into production.


Pilatus Aircraft

Plant Tour at Switzerland’s Largest Airframer
The plant tour at Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, located in central Switzerland nearby Lucerne provides an opportunity to see the manufacturing, production, and assembly processes of various airframe programmes along the entire value chain from detail parts all the way up to airworthy aircraft.


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RUAG Space

Innovation in Launcher Composite Structures
RUAG Space will introduce you to a success story of innovation in very large composite structures. In the years 2010 to 2012 the Launchers product unit started to think ahead about the next generation of European Launch Vehicles. Our strategy was to provide a substantial part of the cost improvement and thereby assure our multi-decade partnership in European Launcher Programs and sustain our business. We traded many different Payload Fairing and manufacturing technology concepts and concluded with an out-of-autoclave process and increased automation. This allows us to manufacture very large structures at a highly competitive cost and provide considerable advantage to our Customer’s lifecycle cost. We will tour that new manufacturing process that is in successful operation since 2016. We will also provide insight on what we build in the US.



Timetable tutorials


• For LIVE attendants only. Depending on availability / Approval of the Hosting Company.

13.30 - 17.30  Location FHNW - Windisch - 2 Tutorials in parallel of 2.5 - 3 Hrs. each. - excl. transport time
• 9T-Labs (in collaboration with FHNW)
• Synthesites, Hexagon and PhotonFirst (in collaboration with FHNW)

13.00 - 18.00 Location KATZ - Aarau - 1 Tutorial of 2.5 - 3 Hrs. - excl. transport time
• KATZ Plastics Training & Technology Center (in collaboration with FHNW & Krelus AG)

14.00 - 17.30 Location TRAFO - Baden - 1 Tutorial with 6 speakers of 3 - 3.5 Hrs.
• Suprem, AFPT, Automation Steeg & Hoffmeyer, Dynatec
• Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials Composites
• Bossard

Description partner program (Thursday 30 september)

8.50 - 12.50 Partner Program
Zürich-Walk in the Morning - guided by Urs Meier, SAMPE Fellow.
Start at TRAFO 8.50. Short walk to Baden Station for departure by train to Zürich Main Station. Driving uphill to ETH by tramway. View over the city and short explanations about the history of Zürich. A glimpse into the old main building of the university, walk through the park downwards to the historic old town. Short visit of the places where Lenin lived and Dadaism was founded. Going along the Grossmunster, crossing the Munster Bridge, and admiring the large glass windows of Marc Chagall in the Fraumunster Church. Climbing up to Lindenhof where the first Roman settlement existed. Again down to the main shopping street, the Bahnhofstrasse for departure to Baden. About 12.50 back at TRAFO for lunch.

Fee 50,- Euro / person incl. Transport & Lunch.

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