Australian Composite Structures Society (ACSS)

ACSS has now been in existence for almost 16 years and continues to offer to its members a high quality lecture program, together with support for relevant special events in the field.

Over the reporting period, there were eight lecture meetings, all of which were held in Melbourne, and as usual the AGM also took place in Melbourne prior to one of these in December 2007. Each of the lectures was of a high standard with the presenters coming from Israel, Germany, UK and USA.

Prof Israel Herszberg continued as President of the Society and Prof Murray Scott maintained his long-standing role as ACSS Director. The position of ACSS Administrator continued to be filled by Mrs Denise Bennett, a staff member at the CRC for Advanced Composite Structures, which she has held since January 2007. Dr Henry Li continued to support the Society throughout the year as Melbourne Chapter Chairman and web administrator.

The membership of the Society has stabilised over the past year with the total remaining at about 60 members; this number includes all categories of membership, i.e. Engineers Australia members (48), direct members (10).

This year the Society made contributions in support of two important events: the Sixteenth International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM-16), Kyoto, Japan, 9-13 July 2007; and the Fourteenth International Conference on Composite Structures (ICCS/14), Clayton, Victoria, 19-21 November 2007.

There were two highlights for the year. The first occurred at ICCM-16: Prof Murray L Scott was made a Life Member and World Fellow of the International Committee on Composite Materials - a first for Australia and the Southern Hemisphere. The second occurred at ICCS/14: the ACSS awarded the Best Paper Prize to Mr Steve Georgiadis, Dr Andrew J Gunnion, Dr Rodney S Thomson and Mr Bruce K Cartwright of Australia for their paper on Bird-strike Simulation for Certification of the Boeing 787 Composite Moveable Trailing Edge - this was only the second time that the award has gone to Australian authors.

Prof Murray Scott continued to serve on the Executive Council of the International Committee on Composite Materials (ICCM).

Prof Murray L Scott
Director