CAMX Architectural Track - FREE

CAMX Architectural Track – FREE

CAMX, the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, Sept 26-29, 2016, is offering a day’s free admission to attend the Architectural Track, browse the Exhibit Hall, and network at a special reception after the show. There’s an exciting lineup of sessions featuring some of the most significant topics concerning architectural composites.  Plus there’s time in the day to dive into the CAMX exhibit hall.  CAMX is put on by ACMA (American Composites Manufacturers Association) and SAMPE (the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering), and it is a hotbed of composites knowledge.  And yes, it’s Free!

The Architectural Track is a day-long series of presentations and panels on Sept. 28, featuring major figures in architectural composites research and manufacturing.

It begins at 8:00 AM with Grassroots Initiative – Cultivating Future Users through Hands-On Exploration, a presentation on the recent ACMA Composites Challenge, presented by David Riebe, Vice President of Windsor Fiberglass. The challenge was issued to architecture students at seven graduate school programs around the US. It yielded some stunningly innovative thinking about mold-less composite casting. Three of the entries from UCLA were featured here earlier this year, but this is an opportunity to learn about more of the composites work being done at our leading architectural schools.  These students did cutting-edge research, and some of the solutions they developed have not been explored by anyone anywhere else on the planet (that we know of).

The recently-issued ACMA Guidelines and Recommended Practices for Fiber-Reinforced-Polymer (FRP) Architectural Products is the subject of the second session at 9:00 AM.  Robert E. Steffen, Ph.D., PE will offer an overview of this collaborative, 150 page document detailing design, engineering, fire performance, manufacturing, installation, and repair procedures necessary to bring an FRP facade project from design to punch list. This is a landmark document that represents a major step towards standardizing the application of composite sin architectural applications. Steffen, Associate Professor in the Construction Management Department at Western Carolina University, conducts research related to FRP material architectural and structural applications, and over the past 20 years Dr. Steffen has conducted coupon, component level, and full scale experimental tests on stand-alone FRP materials as well as FRP-concrete, FRP-steel, FRP-wood, and FRP-aluminum assemblies.

Probably the hottest topic in architectural composites is fire resistance. Use of Fire Retardant Resins and Gelcoats in Mass Transit, Architecture, and Building Materials, at 10:00 AM, is intended to educate the audience on the material science of fire retardant (FR) composite materials base on fiber reinforcement, thermoset resins and gelcoats. Composites have multiple benefits are structural and cladding materials, but fire resistance has been a major obstacle to widespread architectural; use of the materials. However, two recent projects, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Taubman Center staircase at Lawrence Technological University, have begun to “crack the code” on this difficult problem. This session will review the chemistry of fire, the types of phenolic, unsaturated polyester, modified acrylic, epoxy and epoxy vinyl ester resins used, how halogen and non-halogen based resins and gelcoats achieve good fire performance and the effect of reinforcement and filler content on flame spread and smoke development.  This session will cover the various test methods (UL 94, ASTM E162, ASTM E662, BSS7239, SMP800-C, ASTM E 84, NFPA 285 and NFPA 286) used to evaluate the FR performance of composite materials. It is presented by Kevin Lambrych, Industry Manager – NA FR Laminating Resins, Ashland Performance Materials, and Michael Stevens, Principal Scientist, Ashland Performance Materials.

And that’s just the morning.

After a break for lunch and time to tour the exhibit hall, Design Strategies for Composite Building Structures at 2:30 PM tackles another major issue in architectural composites, structural (as opposed to non-loadbearing) use of composites for buildings. It is presented by two leading researchers associated with two of the most advanced academic composites programs in the world. Körner, Julia, Lecturer at SUPRASTUDIO, Architecture and Urban Design Department and Managing Director & Head of Design, JK DESIGN GMBH, Salzburg, is an award-winning designer working at the convergence of architecture, product and fashion design, a specialist in additive manufacturing and robotic technology. She was the instructor of the graduate studio that produced two of the award-winning entries in the ACMA challenge earlier this year (see first session of the day above). Valentin Koslowski is a Research Associate and Doctoral Candidate at the ITKE Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design at the University of Stuttgart, a program that has produced several notable, ground-breaking demonstrations of composite engineering and forming in the past few years. Koslowski’s research is on the engineering and simulation of irregular composite grid shell like structures and load path adapted fiber layups as building structures. They will discuss novel design and resource-efficient processing methods for the application of fiber reinforced polymers in architecture. That includes interdisciplinary design approaches and the reduction of the formwork while allowing complex shaped and structural performative geometries. The latest international developments and case studies will be shown in the lecture. This is an opportunity to find out what the state of the art will be 10 years from now.

The big finale will be Opportunities for Composites in Architecture, a panel discussion by experts from the design, engineering, and construction industries. They will tackle the barriers to composites in architecture and other areas of construction, including strengths, weaknesses, short and long term possibilities, and barriers to moving forward. The discussion will be moderated by Bill Kreysler, founder and president of Kreysler and Associates (an industry-leader and pioneer in architectural composites) past president of ACMA and current chair of the ACMA Architectural Products Division. Panelists include Herwig Baumgartner, architect and principal/co-founder of Los Angeles based Architecture firm Baumgartner +Uriu (B+U); Douglas Evans, former (22 year) Fire Protection Engineer, Clark County (Nevada) Building Department, and founder of DHE FPE LLC, who is recognized for his knowledge of plastics/foam plastics in building construction, unique interior features and smoke management systems; and Emily Guglielmo, S.E., Associate with Martin/Martin, Inc. who has engineered many composite fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) structures, including the breakthrough exterior cladding for the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art addition, and has over a decade of structural engineering experience with a focus on composites and other innovative construction materials.

But wait, don’t go home yet: there’s a reception afterwards to meet stars, peers, and other interested parties.

SAVE THE DATE:  September 28, 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim CA.

REGISTER NOW: go to, register as an attendee, and use the promo code CAMXAR at checkout.