Correspondent Roger Renstrom gathered these items at the International SAMPE Sympo-sium/Exposition, held March 25-28 in Anaheim, Calif. Industry consultant and news-letter editor George Epstein received SAMPE's most prestigious honor, the George Lubin Award, at a ceremony March 27.
For 24 years until retiring in November 1991, Epstein was with the Aerospace Corp. of El Segundo, Calif., where he organized and directed manufacturing engineering. He remains active with the company and is guiding an effort to organize a series of seminars that focuses on honeycomb sandwich structures. The first seminar will be June 4-5.
He was instrumental in introducing advanced composites and establishing a program to prevent recurrence of significant materials-and-process anomalies for the Air Force Space & Missile Systems Center.
He has published more than 200 technical papers, books and chapters. He currently edits the Los Angeles-based quarterly Composites & Adhesives Newslet-ter. He received the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s Western Section man-of-the-year award in 1992 and the Society of Plastics Engineers' international award for engineering and technology in 1990.
SAMPE inaugurates fellows at banquet
SAMPE inducted Charles E. Browning, Christos C. Chamis, W. Brandt Goldsworthy, Tsuneo Hirai and the late Robert A. Dunaetz as fellows at a March 27 banquet.
Browning's research led to quality-assurance techniques for organic resin systems for composites and the development of thermoplastic resin matrix composites for aerospace applications. He is director of the nonmetallic materials division at Wright Laboratories at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
Chamis' computer codes for composites and his analysis, modeling and design methods have been applied to many aerospace structures. He is senior scientist at the National Aeronau-tical and Space Administration's Lewis Laboratory in Brook Park, Ohio.
Dunaetz developed advanced formulations and coating techniques for the use of organic materials to encapsulate thick and thin-film microcircuit packages. He was chief scientist at Hughes Aircraft Co. in El Segundo, Calif.
Goldsworthy pioneered the continuous processing approach to fabricate composite structures and developed the first universal automated pultrusion machine. He is president of W. Brandt Goldsworthy & Associates in Torrance, Calif.
Hirai's research advanced the use of sheet molding compounds through techniques for compression molding, roll forming and nonlinear flow forming. He is a professor emeritus at Doshisha University in Tokyo.
Theodore J. Reinhart headed the SAMPE committee that selected the five. They join 59 previously inducted SAMPE fellows.
Composites Horizons to test inlet duct
Parts fabricator Composites Horizons Inc. is moving toward qualification tests in May and delivery in June of a high-temperature inlet duct and door of toughened bismaliemide graphite for the U.S. Air Force's C-17 transport.
Prime contractor McDonnell Douglas Corp. awarded a contract for the components in January as a design-and-build program, said Jeffrey Hynes, vice president of marketing and sales for Com-posites Horizons.
Installation of the new system will begin on shipset 33 and continue through the life of the program.
In January, Congress extended the production order by 80 to a total of 120 shipsets. McDonnell Douglas assembles the C-17 in Long Beach, Calif.
Composites Horizons employs 50 and makes composite structures and components for commercial and military aircraft applications and carbon-fiber products for medical imaging at a 25,000-square-foot plant in Covina, Calif.