Jeff Wright, technical director, Gougeon Brothers, Inc. and Trevor Gundburg, director of composites engineering, Vectorply, show the materials and equipment needed for the vacuum infusion process at Composites in Wind.
Jeff Wright, technical director, Gougeon Brothers, Inc. and Trevor Gundburg, director of composites engineering, Vectorply, show the materials and equipment needed for the vacuum infusion process at Composites in Wind.

Over 150 students, academics, technicians, and business owners from 27 states attended the two-day Composites in Wind workshop presented by Composites One, the Closed Mold Alliance, and Magnum Venus Products (MVP) in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).

Held in June at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)’s National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, Colorado, USA the Composites in Wind Workshop featured over a dozen sessions led by Composites One, the Closed Mold Alliance, IACMI, NREL, and Magnum Venus Products (MVP). They included live demonstrations of vacuum infusion, light resin transfer molding, and repair methods.  

‘Training the workforce to support the anticipated growth in the advanced composites industry demonstrates IACMI’s commitment to the State of Colorado and other partners,’ said IACMI CEO Craig Blue. ‘Successful integration of innovative technologies such as advanced composites depends on a number of critical factors, including availability of a skilled workforce with hands on training in advanced materials.’

The companies will run two more workshops this year, Process & Advanced Materials Workshop and Process & Automotive Market Advances in Composites. Check compositesone.com for dates and registration details.

This story is reprinted from material from Composites One, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.