Gurten, Austria -- Specialist machine engineer Fill and the Association of German Engineers (VDI) join to promote the interdisciplinary exchange of views and information: events will be held this autumn on the subject of "Prospects for lightweight engineering."
In specialist public lectures with subsequent discussion, experts with scientific background and industrial experience will report on 'High-performance fibre composites in volume production" (1 Oct 2012), "Lightweight engineering concepts and solutions with aluminium' (5 Nov 2012), and 'Adhesive bonding solutions for joining hybrids' (3 Dec 2012).
Fill says the long-term megatrend of more efficient and sustainable resource utilisation is speeding up the development of lightweight engineering solutions in all market segments. At the same time, a growing trend towards use of intelligent hybrid concepts (material on local demand) can be seen.
"High-performance metals, functionally modified polymers and highly stressable fibre composites are being combined purposefully. Simultaneous use of these innovative material groups from different material worlds in a single component, however, requires a high level of application engineering knowledge as well as well-founded expertise in appropriate forming and joining processes," said Jörg Vetter, a materials and processes expert at Fill.
It is precisely these issues, Fill said, that will be dealt with in the autumn by experienced specialists in three technical lectures.
'Prospects for lightweight engineering' is being held within the framework of the 'Fill Academy' platform. An interdisciplinary exchange across industrial sectors encourages joint development of sustainable concepts for intelligent applications, effective use of complex multi-material systems on a broad basis, and hence allow consistent implementation of technological success factors in international competition.
The presentation 'High-performance fibre composites in high-volume production - it works, let's do it!' (speaker: Dr Wacker, Oechsler AG, Ansbach, Germany) is on 1 Oct 2012. 'Lightweight engineering concepts and solutions with aluminum' (Dr Chimani, LKR GmbH, Ranshofen, Austria) is on 5 Nov 2012, while 'Adhesive bonding solutions for joining hybrids' (Dr Engels, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Düsseldorf, Germany) is on 3 Dec 2012. Each session begins - following an optional company tour at 15:00 - at 16:30 in the Fill head office in Gurten.
The events end at about 18:00 with a get-together. Those interested should register as soon as possible by e-mail to [email protected]