2nd International Conference on Lightweight Materials and Engineering Structures

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The modern trend in selection of materials for high strength-weight ratio is governed by the growing need for low-cost high performance structures. The amount of material has a direct bearing on cost. Therefore, the first step towards the cheapest structure is to minimize the weight without disproportionately affecting the fabrication cost. Composite materials are a matrix of two or materials that gives when com-bined superior properties of each materials while keeping the weight low. Fiberglass was the first modern material composite. It saw exten-sive use in the Marine and Aerospace sector along with aluminium. With increasing research more materials are coming more into the in-dustrial arena. Carbon fibre in aircrafts and biomedicine, GFRP reinforced concrete for bridges, aluminium and GFRP in boat hulls and off-shore energy. As light-weight applications mean the use of strong but low-density materials, alloys of aluminium are generally used. Light-weight steel which is an alloy with steel and aluminium has seen its share in the automotive and civil industry However, new approaches in fabrication techniques are leading to increased use of fibre reinforced plastics..

The use of strong but light-weight members helps to achieve this in that the overall stress levels in a construction are reduced together with handling, manipulation and pay-load cost. These factors are important in such applications as ships, high speed vessels and offshore structures. Friction stir welding is an innovative approach for fabri-cation in these cases. However, cost dominates the path forward as always. A careful balance of cost, performance and reliability deter-mines the future of material and decides whether this would tip the scale against conservative structural option. This ever more pushes the need for academia to interact with the industry. LIMAS 2017 provides the perfect opportunity for you to do so, as it aims to provide an ideal platform for industry leading researchers, technology developers, industrial players and supply chain partners to converge. Bringing the pio-neers together the conference aims to promote the methodologies, exchange of ideas and the way forward to commercialisation.

Conference Themes

The conference invites papers on all aspects of the design and fabrication of light-weight structures. The various themes are:

  • Structural Design Criteria, Safety and Reliability
  • Structural Analysis and Optimization
  • Impact and Dynamic Structural Analysis
  • Damage Tolerance of Composite Structures
  • Processing Manufacturing Technologies
  • Manufacturing Upscaling and Automation
  • Structural Testing Methods
  • Multifunctional Composites - Adaptive Response and Reconfiguration
  • Nanocomposites for Structural Lightweight
  • Multifunctional Composites - Self-Healing and Bio-inspired Designs
  • Friction Stir Welding in Lightweight Sandwich Structures
  • Applications: Industry Needs
  • Applications: Marine, Defence, Offshore
  • Applications: Civil Engineering

The Programme will include invited papers whose aim will be to present the main issues relevant to the above themes and application areas, thus providing additional impetus for an open exchange of ideas.

Who Should Attend?

  • Structural Engineers
  • Researchers and Practitioners
  • People from ship, offshore & subsea Industries
  • Safety and Structural Integrity Community
  • Composite Technology Developers
  • Supply Chain Partners

Call For Papers

Abstracts of about 300 words on any of the above topics are invited by the 31st July 2017. Upon review by the Technical Advisory Panel, notification will be given by the 14th August 2017.

Abstracts and full papers should be sent to info@asranet.co.uk

All authors, co-authors, co-chairs (except the key note speakers) have to register for the conference.

Registration Cost:

The cost of the conference will be:

  • £450 + VAT (only for UK)
  • £300 + VAT (only for UK) for Students
  • £200 + VAT (only for UK) for one day attendance

The registration fee includes Conference Proceedings in USB, Lunches, Civic Reception and the Conference Dinner.

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The final date for the registration will be 21st October 2017

Next conference:

Date: 13-14 November 2017

Venue: Jurys Inn,
Wellesley Rd,
London CR0 9XY,

Key Dates:

  • Abstract Submission: 31 Jul 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance: 14 Aug 2017
  • Full Paper Submission: 26 Aug 2017
  • Registration Close: 21 Oct 2017

Organising Committee

  • Professor Purnendu Das, ASRANet Ltd