Winner SAMPE Benelux Student Meeting 2022
On May 17-18, 2022, the SAMPE Benelux Spring meeting 2022 took place in Enchede. PhD student Sofie Verstraete participated in the SAMPE Benelux student competition within the project partner KU Leuven, where the award for best (PhD) student presentation was won.
On May 18, 2022, the SAMPE Benelux Spring meeting 2022 took place in Enchede. This was coupled with a visit to the thermoplastic composites research center (TPRC). The day before, the SAMPE Benelux student competition usually takes place, where both master students and PhD students present their research to a jury, where the award for the best master and best PhD student presentation is presented. This year the award for best PhD student presentation was presented to Sofie Verstraete, who presented part of her research within the ATHENS project on mechanical characterization of short flax fiber filled bio-based thermoplastic composites.
The winners were then also given the opportunity to give the presentation again for all full SAMPE Benelux members at the actual SAMPE Benelux SPRING meeting that takes place the next day. Furthermore, the winners will defend the SAMPE Benelux branch with their presentation on November 16-18, 2022 at SAMPE Europe in Hamburg.
On September 14-15, the '6ème colloque fibers naturelles et polymères' took place at the Center de Congress de l'Aube at Troyes. Here the work within the ATHENS project within KU Leuven in connection with characterizing the bio-fibre filled composites presented by means of a poster presentation.
On 09.09.2022, the start-up meeting of the Composites Material Group (CMG), a globally recognized center for composite materials research that was started in 1982, took place. Project results of the Athens project were shared via a poster presentation.
On 24.03.2022 a plasma workshop took place in which the project partner within KU Leuven was given a presentation with the status and challenges of using a plasma treatment for bonding thermoplastic composites.