Polymers in Defence and Aerospace Applications 2010

Edited by Conference Proceedings 
Rapra Technology  2010  

Soft cover  22 papers  ISBN 9781847353986      £100.00
With the aerospace and defence industries poised for growth in virtually every segment; the commercial, general aviation, military and space sectors are a 'must watch' area for businesses seeking new business and technology opportunities. Accompanying this growth, polymers will play an increasing role, with, for example, a near doubling of the aerocomposites market being predicted by 2016.

Polymers in Defence and Aerospace Applications took an in depth look at how polymers are increasingly being used to meet the developing demands of this industry in areas such as weight minimisation, increased strength and enhanced affordability. Both defence and aerospace are industries where the performance requirements of polymer -based materials are continually being pushed to the limits of what is possible in order to help achieve these goals, and where there is a constant demand for new and improved materials for a wide range of existing and new applications.

This conference covered all of the important polymer related areas specific to the defence and aerospace industries, from state-of-the-art R&D to characterisation, fabrication, technology development and many new and emerging applications.

Polymers in Defence & Aerospace Applications featured presentations from key defence and aerospace industry experts, as well as from polymer manufacturers and those developing new polymer based materials, technologies and applications.


Technical Papers:


  • Paper 1: Team MAST € Delivering materials and structures R & D to UK MOD, Dr Dan Kells, BAE Systems, UK & Dr Eoin O'Keefe, QinetiQ Ltd, UK
  • Paper 2: Phosphazene elastomer use in defence and aerospace, Bill Goodwin & Raymond E Stiles, Materials Science Technology, USA
  • Paper 3: Formulation and properties of rigid polyurethane foams, Karen J Foster, K N Hunt, C N Warriner, D R Harbron & D A Broughton, AWE plc, UK
  • Paper 4: Inkjet printing as a fabrication tool and its potential in defence & aerospace applications, Dr Kay Yeong, Xennia Technology, UK


  • Paper 5: Development of a thermoplastic printed circuit board for applications in the aviation industry, Dipl-Ing Thomas Apeldorn, Universität Bayreuth, Germany
  • Paper 6: Synthesis and characterization of novel conducting monomer showing chimeric polymerisation behaviour: Versatile applications in defence and aerospace research, Dr Dhana Lakshmi, Cranfield University, UK et al
  • Paper 7: Use of fluoropolymers in aerospace and defence: new applications and advantages, Stefano Mortara, P Toniolo, M Gebert, A Marrani & M Bassi, Solvay Solexis SPA, Italy
  • Paper 8: Rapid manufacturing of syntactic foams, A.K. Walmsley, M. Carne, M. Swan, C. Warriner, K. Hunt AWE plc, UK, G.J. Gibbons, The University of Warwick, UK & S. Bubb, 3T RPD, UK
  • Paper 9: Design for manufacture and reliability of polymer-based electronics, Chris Bailey, Tim Tilford & Hua Lu, University of Greenwich, UK & Marc Desmulliez, Heriot-Watt University, UK


  • Paper 10: Rapid manufacture of structural thermoplastic composite components for aerospace and defence applications, Charlotte Vacogne & Museok Kwak TWI, UK
  • Paper 11: Novel high temperature polymers for demanding composite applications, Dr Theo Dingemans, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Paper 12: Microfocus X-ray diffraction and its application to high performance polymers and composites, Richard Davies, C Riekel & M Burghammer, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, France & S J Eichhorn & R J Young, University of Manchester, UK


  • Paper 13: Development of multifunctional advanced composites with polymer nanocomposite matrices for aerospace applications, Marco Monti, Luigi Torre, R Petrucci & Prof Jose Kenny, University of Perugia, Italy
  • Paper 14: Manufacture and evaluation of hybrid carbon nanofiber containing nonwoven papers, Andrew Austin, Napier University, UK and J Haaland, Michael Jeschke & D Jhaveri, Technical Fibre Products, USA
  • Paper 15: New generation of multifunctional composites with carbon nanotubes for aerospace applications, Prof Dr Sergio H Pezzin & L A F Coelho, Santa Catrina State University, Brazil & S Amico, UFRGS, Brazil


  • Paper 16: Development of phenolic based nanocomposites for ablative rocket combustion chambers, Luigi Torre, M Natali & J Kenny, University of Perugia, Italy
  • Paper 17: High performance polyurethane shape - memory polymer and its composites, Dr W M Huang & Y Zhao, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Y Q Fu,Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • Paper 18: Ageing and performance predictions of polymer nanocomposites for exterior defence and aerospace applications, Dr James Njuguna, Cranfield University, UK & K Pielichowski, Cracow University of Technology, Poland
  • Paper 19: UK strategic focus: The Materials and Structures National Technical Committee, Dr Dan Kells, BAE Systems, UK
  • Paper 20: The role of micro and nanofillers on mechanical and tribological behaviour of polymer matrix composites for aerospace and automotive applications, Prof B Suresha & Prof Mohammed Ismail, The National Institute of Engineering, India


  • Paper 21: Engineered coatings for composites and polymers used in defence & aerospace: Now and the future, Graham Armstrong, Indestructible Paint Ltd, UK
  • Paper 22: Silicone based coatings for aircraft applications, Bill Riegler, B Burkitt & R Thomaier, Nusil Technology, USA
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