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.
The conference invites papers on all aspects of the design and fabrication of light-weight structures. The various themes are:
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.
Abstracts of about 300 words on any of the above topics are invited by the 31st May 2017. Upon review by the Technical Advisory Panel, notification will be given by the 14th June 2017.
Abstracts and full papers should be sent to email@example.com
All authors, co-authors, co-chairs (except the key note speakers) have to register for the conference.
The cost of the conference will be:
The registration fee includes Conference Proceedings in USB, Lunches, Civic Reception and the Conference Dinner.
The final date for the registration will be 21st October 2017
Date: 12-14 November 2017
London CR0 9XY,