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SPE Announces 2019 ACCE Best Paper Award Winners

Published on 2019-09-13. Author : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Automotive     Thermoplastic Composites    

The organizing committee for the SPE® Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) has announced the Best Paper Award winners of the group’s 19th annual show held recently in the US. Three authors were honored for excellence in technical writing with a commemorative plaque during the event.

Award for Excellence in Advancing Composites


  • First Place - Sara Andrea Simon, a PhD candidate at the Polymer Engineering Center (PEC), University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, Wisconsin, USA)
  • Second Place - Dr. Xiaoming Chen, a Technical Expert at Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.A.)
  • Third Place - Dinesha Ganesarajan, a graduate student working on his Master of Science degree in the Chemical Engineering department at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)


SPE ACCE Award-Winners

Sara Andrea Simon (L); Dr. Xiaoming Chen (M); Dinesha Ganesarajan(R)

#1 Simulating the Processing of Fiber Reinforced Composites


Sara Andrea Simon won first place for her paper titled Direct Fiber Model Validation: Orientation Evolution in Simple Shear Flow.

About this topic, the author says, “The ability to simulate the processing of fiber reinforced composites has become indispensable for the automotive industry. Particle level simulation, in specific, is a promising tool that can be employed in the improvement of commercial software. In this work, reliable fiber orientation evolution data was obtained to aid in the validation and development of our particle modeling approach for reinforcing fillers.”

#2 CAE-Driven Composite Design Process


Dr. Xiaoming Chen won second place in the competition for her paper titled Fatigue and Strength CAE and Test Results.

About her topic, Chen explains, “The carbon fiber composite subframe design was CAE driven. The performance of the prototype subframe was verified by component and vehicle tests. The CAE predictions for the tests had various degrees of correlation with the physical test results.”

#3Hybrid Composites Structures for Automotive


Third place winner, Dinesha Ganesarajan’s paper is titled Latest Breakthroughs with Hybrid Reinforced Composites in Lightweight Applications.

About his research, Ganesarajan comments, “My work explores the utilization of hybrid composites in the automotive industry for body interior and under the hood applications. The use of naturally sourced filler material with the combination of glass fiber yields superior performance properties with a lightweighting initiative. This is a necessary intermediate step to achieve the ambitious goal of a circular economy just like the introduction of hybrid vehicles before the emergence of electrification.”


Source: SPE
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