Technical Symposium


October 9-10, 2018


The ACE Technical Symposium was created in 2015 as part of the SC Aerospace Conference and Expo as a platform for industry and academia to present their research and innovation in aerospace.

The ACE ’17 technical symposium concentrated on the following areas:

  1. Design of Composite Structural Parts.  Design of composite structures and materials are driving the next generation innovation cycles for the aerospace market. This session focuses on presenting state-of-the-art innovations in new carbon fiber materials and how they affect design and analysis methods. The session also highlights new concepts such as flexible processing.
  1. Innovation in Manufacturing.  While breakthroughs in new materials are continuously happening, the innovation cycles in manufacturing are at an all-time high in several industries: new airplanes, new automobiles, new renewable energy structures and more. This session will present the latest trends and will highlight how innovation in manufacturing is becoming the new standard.
  1. Industry 4.0.  The digital transformation of manufacturing industries is becoming the new norm. Production systems are setting up digital twins and cyber-physical systems (embedded with IOT) to enable the full potential of production capacity and reduction of errors. This session will highlight recent advances in the Industry 4.0 concept.
  1. Manufacturing Automation and Robotics.  Compared to the automotive industry, aerospace manufacturing is lagging behind when it comes to the application of automation and the implementation of robotic platforms for processing and assembly. The benefits that manufacturing can reap from the acceleration of automation integration are numerous and ubiquitous to multiple aerospace domains. This session will highlight different applications that showcase the increased usage of automation and robotics in manufacturing.
  1. Conformal Antennas.  Conformal antennas are in great demand for communication, sensing, and radar application both for commercial and military air vehicles. As an integral part of the structure they can leverage large surface areas or the volume of the structure. Traditionally antennas are designed and built using low loss microwave materials. Fabricating conformal antennas using aerospace composite materials is inherently challenging in terms of conductor deposition, device integration and packaging.  The focus of this session is to address these challenges.
  2. High Speed Impact.  Composite materials are widely used in aircraft structures and engine containment systems. High speed dynamic impact on these materials is a challenging multi-scale problem. It requires computational and experimental approaches to understand the dynamic deformation, damage and failure mechanisms. This session will focus on understanding implications in the design of next generation lightweight aircraft composite structures to expand the design space.


Organizing Committee

Dr. Ramy Harik
Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina McNair Center
for Aerospace Innovation and Research (Chair ACE’17)

Dr. Zafer Gurdal
Professor, University of South Carolina McNair Center
for Aerospace Innovation and Research

Dr. Michel van Tooren
Professor, University of South Carolina McNair Center
for Aerospace Innovation and Research 

Tanja van Tooren
Program Coordinator, University of South Carolina McNair Center
for Aerospace Innovation and Research.
For questions about the ACE Technical Symposium, email Tanja.