Center for Lightweight Automotive Materials and Processing to host conferences on composite materials in manufacturing, especially in how they can be used to make cars lighter and more fuel-efficient, as well as recent advancements in the mechanics and design of composite materials.

September 6, 2006

DEARBORN / Sept. 6, 2006---Two conferences focusing on the role of composite materials in manufacturing, especially in how they can be used to make cars lighter and more fuel-efficient, will be held at the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Fairlane Center Sept. 17-22.

The conferences also will address recent advancements in the mechanics and design of composite materials.

“The conferences will include technical sessions and presentations on topics ranging from nanocomposites to natural fiber composites and from ‘lightweighting’ efforts for automobiles to examining the role of the foam insulation that led to the loss of space shuttle Columbia in 2003,” according to mechanical engineering Prof. P.K. Mallick, director of UM-Dearborn’s Center for Lightweight Automotive Materials and Processing, which is sponsoring the events.

The first event is the 21st annual technical conference of the American Society for Composites (ASC) to be held Sept. 17-20 at the campus’s Fairlane Center, located off of Hubbard Drive in Dearborn.

The Fairlane Center also will host participants attending the 12th annual U.S.-Japan Conference on Composite Materials Sept. 20-22.

The American Society for Composites event is an international conference on composite materials held annually by an American university. The conference draws delegates from universities within the United States and abroad as well as from organizations such as NASA, the Air Force Materials Laboratory and General Motors.

The U.S.-Japan conference will explore international developments in the science and technology of composite materials. Faculty members and graduate students from universities in the U.S. and Japan will attend.

Cost of the ASC conference is $550 per person or $200 for students. Cost of the U.S.-Japan conference is $450 per person or $200 for students. Those who wish to attend both conferences can do so at a total cost of $850.

For more information on the events or to register online, visit the ASC conference page, the U.S.-Japan conference page, or contact Mallick at pkm@umich.edu.

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