This episode of CW Trending takes a look at the opportunities for expanded use of composites in infrastructure applications. With the promise of increased investment in infrastructure coming from the U.S. government, civil engineers will be facing myriad challenges when it comes to material use in bridges, utility systems, waterways, and much more. We'll discuss where the opportunities are for composites, the hurdles, the advantages composites convey, and how those advantages can be leveraged into real applications.

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Wed, Jul 21, 2021 · 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (GMT -4:00)
  • Composites advantages in infrastructure
  • Barriers to entry for composites in infrastructure
  • The lifecycle benefits of composites
  • Updating civil engineering codes for composites
  • Strategies for expanding composites use in infrastructure
Jeff Sloan
Jeff Sloan has been editor-in-chief of CompositesWorld since 2006 and is responsible for management and delivery of all editorial content across all of CompositesWorld's channels.
Joe Fox
Joe Fox is president of FX Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm for the specialty chemicals and materials industries. He is a chemist by training and has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Lehigh University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Penn State. Joe is a 40-year veteran of the chemicals industry, having worked at Standard Oil of Ohio, BP America, Ashland Chemical and INEOS Composites. Joe is an active member of the American Composite Manufacturers Association (ACMA), the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Gareth Williams
Strategy Director
Gareth is an aeronautical engineer who developed world-leading research into self-healing carbon fiber composites during his PhD at the University of Bristol. He has worked the majority of his career in applied research and development in composite materials around the world and has worked in professional services and consultancy roles for the likes of KPMG. Now, Gareth has returned to his roots in Bristol, U.K. and is the strategy director at the National Composites Centre (NCC), part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult where he is at the forefront of introducing transformational change into the industry by using the benefits of lightweight, zero-corrosion composite materials. Gareth has been at the forefront of introducing composite materials into emerging markets such as oil and gas, renewable energy and infrastructure. He has been a driving force behind key initiatives such as Joule, the Hydrogen Innovation Initiative and SusWIND to accelerate commercial adoption of composite technology for the next generation of technology platforms.