Shri P. K. Bagchi
obtained his Master of Mechanical Engineering from Calcutta University in 1969.
He has 34 years experience in development of various filament winding
machines and FRP products for space, sports and commercial applications.
He worked from 1970 to 1986 at Composite Group of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum, and from 1986 to 1996 at
Carbon Composites Ltd., Calcutta. From 1996 to 2000 he was consultant to Duroflex Ltd (Natura Division), Bangalore,
and to Natura Fibretech Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore. Since 2000 he is consultant to KINECO, Goa, for design and development
of various composites products. He has published several papers.
Dr. Scott W. Beckwith,
graduated from Texas A & M University (BS, PhD) in 1964, 1974 and the California Institute of Technology (MS) in 1965.
He is the International Technical Director of SAMPE, the Technical Editor of the SAMPE Journal and a SAMPE Fellow (2003).
He is the recipient of the SME Composites Manufacturing Association Jud Hall Award Composites Manufacturing (1996) and
the SACMA Materials Leadership Award (1999). He is the president of BTG Composites and a managing member of
Beckwith Technology Group, two consultancy firms that are heavily involved in design, analysis, plant set-up,
testing and manufacturing of composites using filament winding, fiber placement, resin infusion, pultrusion, vacuum bagging
and other advanced composites techniques. He is also a recognized technical Expert Witness involving patent, trade secret,
materials, failure analysis and manufacturing technologies for composites, plastics and solid rocket motors.
born in 1979, studied materials engineering at the INP Grenoble, France and the Imperial
College London, England. After that he obtained his master degree in strategy and marketing at Lyon Management
School (EM Lyon), France. He has joined the Twintex marketing team in 2003 in
take charge of the non automotive field and work in sales development.
born in Rome in 1964, studied mechanical engineering
at the II University of Rome «TOR VERGATA». In 1990 he started to work at B.P.D.
Difesa e Spazio Colleferro, Rome (now part AVIO Propulsione Aerospaziale
Group) on the astronautical field (design and testing of solid rocket propulsion). Since 1994 he is responsible for
product industrialization and special machinery set up.
born in 1972, studied plastics and composites engineering in INSA and ITECH Lyon,
France. He worked from 1998 to 2000 at Valeo as project engineer for automotive
cabin air filters. In 2000, he joined Saint-Gobain Vetrotex International to
be in charge of Twintex filament winding and pultrusion projects.
Dr. Alexander Fjeldly,
born 1971, obtained his Master of Science in physical metallurgy at the Norwegian
Institute of Technology, in 1994 and his Dr. Ing. in materials science
at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 1999. Employed as a research scientist by FFI since
1998. His main responsibility is the analysis and design of composite rocket
has been selling and promoting filament winding machines and other composite
process equipment for over 17 years.
He started in composites in the mid 1980’s as a sales representative for Engineering
Technology (EnTec). In 1992 he left
EnTec to form Composite Machines Company (CMC) as a part owner. He was
Vice President of Sales.
In 1999 he sold his interest in CMC to Zoltek and assisted in the creation
of Entec Composite Machines (ECM) where he was Director of Worldwide Sales
and Service. In 2001 John left ECM to form his own company, GSG, Inc.
The main focus of GSG, Inc. is to promote the use, expansion and growth of filament
winding, pultrusion and other composite processing techniques.
Dr. Wolf-Ulrich Herres,
born in 1957, studied mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen, Germany.
For six years he worked as scientific engineer at the WZL (Institute for
Production Technologies) of the RWTH Aachen and obtained his PhD. He has
joined the International Technical Development Center of Adam Opel AG in
1991 and worked in different positions of manufacturing and product
engineering. Since 1999 Wolf-Ulrich Herres is responsible for manufacturing
concepts at the project center "Fuel Cell Activities" of Adam Opel AG
with the focus on quality and cost targets to be achieved for the
automotive serial production of fuel cell and hydrogen storage components.
Bernhard J. Kanka,
born 1952, studied mechanical engineering (materials) at the University of
Applied Sciences in Dortmund, Germany, and graduated in 1980. Since 1980 he
German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Institute for materials research in
the ceramic division. The last years he has been responsible for the development
of high temperature oxide ceramic composites for applications in the field
of aerospace. He is author and co-author of several publications and e.g. inventor
of the new all-oxide ceramic system WHIPOXR (wound highly porous oxide ceramic
Dr. Jens Krieger
studied mechanical engineering at the technical university RWTH
Aachen, Germany. Since 1993 he worked as a project engineer at ISATEC
GmbH, Aachen, specialized on CAx engineering services in product
development. He is also focusing on analysis and design of composite
parts, e.g. space structures and pressure vessels. Since 1996 he is
managing such projects. Part time he worked as a scientific engineer at
the Department for Mathematical Modelling in Material Science at the RWTH Aachen. He
established there a project in the area of analysing composite
pressure vessels, which was a co-operation with the Brazilian Center
for Aerospace Technology, CTA. He obtained his PhD in 2003.
Jörg B. Multhoff
graduated 1999 as mechanical engineer from RWTH (technical university)
Aachen, Germany. From 1999 to 2003 he worked as research assistant in
the Department for Mathematical Modeling in Material Science at
RWTH Aachen. He was responsible for the project "Failure Analysis of
High-Pressure Vessels made from Composite Materials". This project was
a co-operation with the Brazilian center for Aerospace Technology, CTA,
sponsored by the German Aerospace Center, DLR, and the German National
Science Foundation, DFG. Since December 2003 he is employed as project
leader at ISATEC Engineering GmbH, Aachen, Germany - a company
specializing on engineering services in product development. Among other
projects his work involves analysis and design of composite parts
including composite pressure vessels.
studied mechanical engineering / process technology at the University of Kaiserslautern
(FH), Germany. In 1990/1991 he worked at Linde, Germany in the planning of
chemical installations. Since 1991 he is technical assistant at the Institute
born 1963, studied material technology at the University Friedberg, Germany.
Since 1990 he is employed by Schunk Kohlenstofftechnik GmbH in Giessen, Germany.
Until 2003 he hold the position of production manager in the composites department.
Since 2004 he is new business development and vice manager composites.
born 1963, studied mechanical engineering at the RWTH (technical university)
Aachen, Germany. In 1990 he co-founded MATERIAL S.A., Belgium, an engineering
company specializing in filament winding. As a leading expert in process automation and
optimization he is a seminar instructor and speaker at international conferences
about composite processing.
born 1965, studied mechanical engineering at the Fachhochschule Aachen, Germany
(1984-1989). From 1989 to 1993 he worked at the IKV (Institute for Plastics
Processing) as scientific assistant in the fields composite part design, laminate
analysis and composite processing methods. From 1993 to 1997 he was head of
the composite group of Verseidag Indutex, Germany (textile systems and thermoplastic
prepregs). Since 1997 he has been responsible for engineering services at MATERIAL
Dr. Brian E. Spencer
graduated from the University of Nebraska (BS, Ph.D.) in 1988, and the University
of California/Berkeley (ME) in 1971 and the University of California/Davis
(ME) in 1980. He has been president and CEO of Spencer Composites Corporation,
specializing in the design and manufacturing of filament wound composites,
since 1994. He previously worked for Brunswick Corporation, and was co-founder
and Spyrotech corporations. Dr. Spencer has served actively as committee member,
conference chair, technical speaker, and tutorial instructor for SAMPE and
SME on filament winding composites structures, design, and analysis. He is
recipient of the Jud Hall award sponsored by the Composites Manufacturing Association
of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).
born in 1959. obtained his master of science in applied mathematics at University
Oslo, Norway, in 1987. Since then he is employed by Nammo Raufoss, Norway, as
He is an expert in filament wound composite structures
for rocket motors.
Prof. Dr. Luigi Torre,
born in 1962, got his degree in chemical engineering form the University of Naples, Italy, in 1989 and his
Ph.D in chemical engineering from the University of Washington (Seattle), USA, in 1994.
In 1995 he worked for a short period at CERN (European Research
Centre for Nuclear Energy) in Geneva, Switzerland, on the development of
composite tubes for ultra high vacuum chambers. Later he worked as
research associate at the department of material and production
engineering of the University of Naples, Italy, and in 1996 he joined the
University of Perugia, Italy, where he is now professor of composite materials
science and technologies. He is author of several papers on polymeric and
composite materials. His research intersts are: characterization of
thermoplastic and thermoset matrices for polymeric composites, thermal
analysis, modeling of composite and polymer processing, degradation of
composite and polymeric materials, ablative materials, plastic recycling,
crush resistant structures, nanocomposites, life cycle analysis.