Bristol Branch AGM followed by Material Tailoring for Lightweight and Morphing Structures – the shapes of things to come!

Paul Weaver, Professor in Lightweight Structures, Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites, University of Bristol

Thursday 16th April 2015

6.00pm for AGM, 6.30pm for lecture

Concorde Room, BAWA Leisure Centre589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG
Attendance is free and open to members and non-members.

Simply put, a structure should resist loads without failing. Structures that contain humans, i.e. houses, boats, cars, aeroplanes, do not deform a great deal (thankfully!) and those that are required to move around (e.g. aeroplanes) should be lightweight to keep fuel costs down and to overcome gravity. This talk explores the possibility of using unusual properties of materials with some nonlinear geometric behaviour to either reduce mass or to achieve a significant shape change (morphing) of a structure with specific current research examples.

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