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Tri-Chapter event - Tomorrow

Date: 19 October (tomorrow!)

Time: 6:00 pm dinner

Where: Cerritos College, 11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, CA  90650

Who: Dr. Scott Beckwith, SAMPE Global Techincal Directo, SAMPE Fellow (2003)

Title: Composites Manufacturing Issues (“Defects”) in Sporting Goods and Consumer Products

Cost: No Charge for program. RSVP: please email Joyce Lentz, NASCOCEO@aol.com
phone 949-240-6353

Composites Manufacturing Issues ("Defects") in Sporting Goods and Consumer Products
with Scott Beck, SAMPE Global Technical Director and SAMPE Fellow (2003)


Aerospace and Industrial composite products and structures try hard to avoid manufacturing defects. Sure, they occur but they more often have critical design, manufacturing and inspection controls in place to try to capture defects before they occur in products that go into service. Sporting goods and consumer products, maybe not so stringent -- or maybe not at all. What are we seeing in things that consumers buy and use every day? Recent lawsuits on composite high performance road bikes, composite arrows, sound system battery trays, ladies razor blades, and other every day products shows several interesting types of defects as well as poor manufacturing and process controls. Examples of high performance road bike failures of composite forks, steerer tubes, cranks, down tubes, spokes, foreign objects within laminates and other things -- bring out a number of issues within several industries that require more attention. Examples of defects found within common carbon fiber and plastic structures indicates the need for better consumer standards that would minimize severe injury and death seen from these product failures.


Dr. Scott Beckwith, SAMPE Global Technical Director and SAMPE Fellow (2003) has been involved in the composites industry since 1965 after receiving his BS in Aerospace Engineering (Texas A&M University, 1964) and MS in Aeronautics (California Institute of Technology, 1965). He received his PhD from Texas A&M University (1974) in composite materials technologies associated with viscoelasticity and fracture behavior. He worked for Hercules from 174-1992 and has been an active adviser and consultant to the US Government holding four Presidential appointments associated with carbon fiber technology and composites materials and manufacturing. He has been the SAMPE Global Technical Director and Editor of two of SAMPE's publications since 1998.


·  Cerritos College, 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 
Park in Parking Lot C-10 (off of 166th Street), Building ME, Room ME-1
NOTE: A PARKING PASS IS NECESSARY TO ATTEND THE MEETING.  Click Here to download your parking pass.


6:00 pm Speaker

Have some complementary pizza and soft drinks. No Charge for Program!

This Meeting is also meant to introduce Composites and Plastics to young adults. Please bring your high school or junior high school students to the Meeting.

Reservations: E-mail Joyce Lentz, NASCOCEO@aol.com, Phone: 949-240-6353
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