Attend Presentations on IACMI Research Projects

Date Presentation/Panel Title Presenter/Moderator Time Room
24-Sep Composites Education for the Modern Engineer Joannie Harmon Heath, IACMI 2PM – 4PM 211AB
25-Sep Materials for Increasing Efficiency of Future Ground Transportation Dale Brosius, IACMI 4PM – 5PM 212AB
25-Sep AR/VR Modules for Advanced Composites Manufacturing for Industry and STEM Training Uday Vaidya, IACMI, University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory 10AM – 10:50AM 210A
26-Sep Manufacturing-Informed Performance of Prepreg Platelet Molding Compound Johnathan Goodsell, Purdue University 11AM – 11:25AM 210C
26-Sep Development of a Techno-Economic Model to Explore Wind Blade Manufacturing Options Stephen Johnson, University of Massachusetts, Lowell 8AM – 8:25AM 210D

IACMI and University of Tennessee’s ACE Award Finalist Projects

ACE Award Finalist: Equipment and Tooling Innovation Award

AR/VR Modules for Composites Manufacturing STEM, Workforce & Training

The University of Tennessee/IACMI-The Composites Institute has developed a series of AR/VR modules for STEM training, community & 4-year colleges, workforce development and industry personnel in composites manufacturing. AR/VR modules for composites manufacturing including – Sheet Molding Compound, Long Fiber Thermoplastics, Pultrusion, Extrusion-Compression molding, Roll forming, Carbon Fiber Production etc. The broad impact of this innovation is the significant cost savings to train and educate personnel and expand the use of composites globally.

ACE Award Finalist: Most Creative Application

Group photo by pavilion made of carbon fiber beams

Carbon Fiber Braided Arched Beams in Park & Recreation

IACMI, the University of Tennessee, Highland Composites, and Oak Ridge National Laboratories collaborated to create a pavilion at an Oak Ridge, Tenn. Park toshowcase the innovation of the region. The team, with more than 25 UT students, made carbon fiber braided beams giving students hands-on experience with composites materials and processes while creating a place in the community to gather. 17 beams were made by a sandwich design with a foam core. The beams are made of low and high-density foam with a steel plate embedded for post-assembly to the superstructure cantilever. The beams were then over-braided with triaxial architecture carbon fibers, chosen for its lightweight, stiff, and enduring properties. The carbon fiber beam pavilion was unveiled at a ribbon cutting for the park and serve as a prominent feature in the Oak Ridge Friendship Bell Park. 

Read a recap article on the Friendship Bell pavilion beam creation here.