18thAnnual International Polymer Colloquium

Save the Date - May 4th, 2018

The 18th annual colloquium will take place on the Friday, May 4th, 2018. Our tradition has been to hold the colloquium on the Friday after the ANTEC conference. Unfortunately like in 2017, this conflicts with graduation weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Therefore, we will be hosting the 18th Annual International Polymer Colloquium the Friday before ANTEC, May 4th, 2018. ANTEC 2018 will be in Orlando, FL from May 7th to May 9th. NPE 2018 will be from May 7th to May 11th.

Keynotes & Presenations


Modeling Fiber Length Degradation in Injection Molded Composites
-Professor Chuck Tucker, Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Maximizing Product Innovation Through Education and Practice
-Dr. David Kusuma, Tupperware Brands

The Next Plastics Molding Revolution: Simulation-Driven AI in Industry 4.0
-Dr. Venny Yang, Moldex3D

Porous Biodegradable Polymeric Materials: Fabrication & Application
-Professor Qian Li, Zhengzhou University


Fiber Orientation Models - An Evaluation in an Automotive Application
-Armin Kech, Robert Bosch GmbH

Advances in Long Fiber Polymers - Application and Prediction
-Chris Kuhn, Volkswagen Group

Product Development for Additive Manufacturing - Evaluating Classic Processes
-Jacob Onken, Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University

Magneto-Archimedes Levitation and its Applications in Polymers
-Professor Peng Zhao, Zhejiang University

Automatic Anomaly Detection and Root Cause Analysis for Holistic Process Monitoring and Control in Injection Molding
-Alex Schulze-Struchtrup, Institute of Product Engineering, University of Duisburg-Essen

Compensation of Disturbances in BMC injection Molding by Process Control Measures
-Nicolina Topic, KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH

Manufacturing Hollow Bodies made of Continuous GFR Thermoplastics by Infrared Welding
-Marios Canstantinou, Institute of Materials Handling, Conveying and Plastics Engineering (IFK), Chemnitz University of Technology

Electrochemical Treatment of Aluminum Inserts for Tight Polymer-Metal Hybrid Applcations
-Tobias Kleffel, Institute of Polymer Technology (LKT), University Erlangen-Nuremberg

17thAnnual International Polymer Colloquium

Keynotes & Presenations


Progress in the Simulation of Orientation and Configuration during Injection Molding of Long-Fiber Thermoplastic Composites
- Prof. Donald G. Baird , Virginia Tech

Fiber-Reinforced Polymers for Automotive Solutions – Chances and Challenges
- Dr. Olaf Täger, Volkswagen AG

Thermosets – Bridging between Metals and Thermoplastic Polymers: The Challenges and Hurdles of that Material
- Ingo Schwarz, Schwarz Plastic Solutions GmbH

Process Control in Plastics Injection Molding - How Intelligent Machinery is Optimizing Production
- Dr. Reinhard Schiffers, KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH


Numerical Simulation and Experimental Investigation on Physical and Chemical Foaming Morphology of Injection Molding Parts
- Dr. CT Huang, Moldex3D

Polymer Injection Forming: A New Age Technology for Manufacturing Polymer-Metal Hybrids
- Prof. Srikanth Pilla, Clemson University

DEA 288 – Old Technique in a New Box or a New High Performance Dielectric Analyzer?
- Dr. Tobias Pflock, Netzsch Instruments

Advances in Injection Molding of Thermosets"
- Torsten Maenz, Robert Bosch GmbH

Effect of Flow Lines on the Metallization of Laser-Structured Polymer Parts
- Andreas Fischer, Institute of Polymer Technology (LKT), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Influences on the Flow Behavior of Phenolic Molding Compounds Measured in Continuous Kneaders
- Thomas Scheffler, IFK, Chemnitz University of Technology

Modeling and Simulation of the Inflation Step in the Two-Stage Gitblow-Process
- Björn Landgräber, Yannick Martin, Polymer Engineering Paderborn (KTP), University of Paderborn

Anisotropic Acoustic Simulation of Short Glass Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics
- Pascal Brandt, Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University

For more information, please see the Tentative Program for IPC 2017.

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