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Technical Editorial Webcast Series from the editors of SAE

Composites: Are They Ready for Prime Time?

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Noon U.S. EST


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Automakers are poised to unleash a new wave of lightweight, structurally robust composite materials that they believe will help them meet the new, ultra-stringent U.S. and European fuel-efficiency regulations. Carbon fiber, long proven in racecars and aircraft for its weight-saving and safety benefits, is moving into significantly higher volumes in production cars, led by the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7. And innovations in plastics are helping design engineers take pounds out of components throughout various new cars and trucks. During this webcast, participants will get an exclusive inside look at the Corvette C7’s carbon-fiber-intensive body structure, and its use of carbon and nano technology, from Christopher Basela, Corvette Body Structures Composites Lead Engineer. New developments in thermoplastic composite materials technology for vehicle interior and exterior applications will be revealed by Duane Emerson, Senior Development Engineer at Ticona. And Altair’s Vice President Global Automotive, David Mason, will discuss how modeling and FE analysis tools can help engineers optimize their structural composite designs. Webcast attendees will be invited to interact with the experts during a Q&A segment.

Industry Expert Participants:

Christopher Basela, Corvette Body Structures Composites Lead Engineer
Christopher Basela, General Motors Senior Engineer and Body Structures Composites Lead Engineer Corvette, has 24 years of service with GM and has been in the automotive industry since 1981. His previous projects include the Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky, C5-C6 Corvette, Cadillac XLR, Camero, Firebird, Trans Am, Pontiac Grand Prix, Oldsmobile Intrigue, Chevy Monte Carlo and Impala, as well as Pontiac Aztec. Previously, he worked for Autobond/Autodie Corp. in Grand Rapids, MI. Chris received both his MSA in Strategic Leadership and his BSA from Central Michigan University.

Duane Emerson, Senior Development Engineer, Automotive OEM Marketing Group, Ticona Engineering Polymers
Duane Emerson has been with Ticona since 2001, focusing on new client and application development, in addition to alternative processing technologies including the fabrication of thermoplastic composites parts. His expertise includes a wide range of metal-to-plastic conversions within the automotive industry (exterior body components and windshield wiper systems) and DOD (military hardware) as well as industrial applications (fluid handling pumps, air compressors, door hardware, power tools, and mining/construction equipment). He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

David J. Mason, Vice President, Global Automotive, Altair
David Mason is responsible for the automotive vertical in Altair’s Global Markets Team, which is responsible for business strategy and development along with the sharing of best practices (software and services) both internally and externally in key global markets. Previously he was Managing Director of Altair’s U.K. office. He joined the company in 1994 and has led project teams in diverse disciplines including the development of vehicle systems, CAE, vehicle build and test projects, test data analysis, and custom software development. Before joining Altair, he worked as a Product Engineer at General Motors. David holds master’s degrees from the University of Michigan in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics.

Moderator:

Lisa Arrigo, Custom Electronic Products Editor, SAE International
Representing Automotive Engineering International magazine
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