Foam Expo Webinars


Increasing System Efficiency Through Lightweighting and Composite Material Development

TUESDAY 30 MARCH 2021 // 12:00PM EDT

Lightweighting presents an ongoing effort across numerous industry verticals to optimize product performance. For example, a reduction in weight for automotive and aerospace applications can boost the fuel consumption efficiency and capacity of their products whilst simultaneously saving on cost. An increasingly popular method of lightweighting is the development of composite materials which can outperform solid components however when reducing weight, it is essential to ensure the structural integrity of the materials used. What follows is a tradeoff between weight reduction and the mechanical properties of the composite. This session will explore cutting-edge requirements for the development of composite materials as well as outlining how to stay ahead of the competition and make sure these needs are met.

Points to be discussed:

  • Determining how best to cut weight from integral components in line with design requirements
  • Learn to strike the balance between lightweight and structurally sound materials
  • Exploring how to improve the damage tolerance and reliability of composite materials

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Discussion Leader: Dr Alexander Fergusson, Founder and CEO, FAC Technology
  • Xiaoxi Wang, Board Director, SPE TPM&F and PI, BCA Product Development, Boeing
  • Munir Zanial, Senior Composites Engineer, KittyHawk
  • Miguel Angel Rodriguez-Perez, CEO, Cellmat Technologies S.L.

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Flammability and Toxicity Testing Best Practice for Foams in Transportation to Ensure Industry Compliance and Passenger Safety

The aerospace, mass transit and automotive industries all have stringent flammability and toxicity testing requirements to ensure passenger safety and prevent loss of life. However, there are a variety of different analysis and technologies available, and the material used (open cell versus closed cell, rigid versus flexible, chemistry), the application and the forming process all impact the results.  There is a lot of variability within a specific test that can determine the outcome such as: foam thickness, flame retardants and test configuration and equipment.

This webinar will examine how these factors impact the testing process and what to take into consideration when selecting the right thermal test for your application to ensure accurate results. The following issues will be examined:

  • Application variability on test results
  • Material selection
  • Manufacturing variability
  • Sample preparation
  • Controlling the testing environment
  • Test configuration selection


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Benchmarking Foam Material Requirements - Reviewing and Transferring Automotive Standards and Best Practices

The automotive industry has taken a leading role in the adoption of foam materials for a broad variety of foam applications such as vehicle safety, interior and acoustical solutions.  The lightweight, noise-reducing and shock-absorbing properties of foam materials make them an ideal choice for a variety of automotive uses. Where other industries might be reluctant to adopt foam materials due to lack of performance data and material classification, automotive OEMs are leaders in benchmarking the characteristics of foam materials as they set strict specifications for their properties and operational performance.

This webinar will provide an in-depth overview of automotive foam requirements. With insights from potential end users and those within the manufacturing supply chain, including processors and material suppliers, it will offer vital perspectives on:

  • Understanding the foam-material specifications process - key insights for suppliers wishing to tap into the automotive sector
  • Outlining testing best practices and lessons learned in automotive to transfer to other industry segments including aerospace, packaging and sports and leisure
  • Examining the pending specifications under development by automotive OEMs and how these impact existing foam suppliers in relation to:
  • Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) and reducing noise in vehicles
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)


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