Vanderbilt University lab to host Build2Last workshop for composites industries

Vanderbilt University’s Laboratory for Systems Integrity and Reliability (LASIR) will host a two-day Build2Last workshop presented by Composites One and the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) Feb. 23-24 in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt is an IACMI university partner.

The industry event – Build2Last: Composites Durability Workshop – is designed for production workers to engineers and designers to company leaders in defense, transportation, infrastructure and architecture to learn best practices and connect with peers. More than 100 attendees are expected for the free workshop.

Composites in industries ranging from infrastructure to automotive benefit from many of the same features and high performance delivered by advanced composites in aerospace applications. Lightweighting, fatigue resistance and repeatable construction are a few of the drivers to advanced composites from traditional materials. Combining better design, evaluation methods and structural monitoring, the value of advanced composites is often the solution to performance needs in a variety of composites parts.

A selection of training session topics include:

  • composites design for durability
  • life cycle prediction analysis
  • composite materials for improved fatigue and damage tolerance
  • self-healing materials, sensors, and smart structures
  • damage repair with somposites: seismic, waterfront and runways

IACMI is continuing its partnership with Composites One in 2017, which includes three more training sessions in IACMI’s partner states, Colorado, Michigan and Indiana.

LASIR researchers from across the School of Engineering and university collaborate to perform and understand one-of-a-kind experiments on full-scale test beds, creating and scaling up technologies in high-impact applications in the energy, security and manufacturing sectors.

IACMI is a $259 million public-private partnership of industry, universities, national laboratories, and federal, state, and local governments working together to benefit the nation’s energy and economic security by sharing existing resources and co-investing to accelerate development and commercial deployment of advanced composites. It is the fifth Institute in the Manufacturing USA network and is supported by the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.

Brenda Ellis, (615) 343-6314
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