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D&I with Janice Barton - A364

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D&I with Janice Barton
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Document Identifier 364
Webinar Date
  • March 15, 2024
Janice Dulieu-Barton

Introduction[edit | edit source]

This D&I Coffee Break session features Janice Dulieu-Barton, a Professor of Experimental Mechanics in the Bristol Composites Institute at the University of Bristol. In this presentation, Janice reflects on her career and experiences and describes how she has created an inclusive culture for students and researchers.

The virtual coffee break series is presented by CKN, SAMPE Canada, CACMSA and CREPEC. Topics will include the importance of D&I, mentorship, allyship, how to make your workplace more inclusive, unconscious bias, and more.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Janice Dulieu-Barton is the Director of the Industrial Doctorate Centre in Composites Manufacture. Janice received her PhD in 1993 from Manchester University researching the topic now known as ‘thermoelastic stress analysis’. She has published around 450 papers with more than 140 in archival journals. Janice’s expertise is in imaging for data rich material characterisations and structural integrity assessments, with a focus on lightweight structural design particularly composite structures. She has won numerous grants that have allowed her to develop novel approaches in experimental mechanics, most recently focusing on integration of flexible photonics into composite structures with colleagues at the University of Southampton. She is the director of the Industrial Doctorate Centre on Composites Manufacture, which focuses on doctoral research that takes place in Industry. She has led a successful propsal to the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to create a new doctoral training centre on Innovation for Sustainable Composites Engineering, which will train 67 students over a period of eight years. Janice champions ‘doctoral mobility’ to make opportunities available to underrepresented groups to study to PhD level achieve their potential.

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Welcome to the CKN Knowledge in Practice Centre (KPC). The KPC is a resource for learning and applying scientific knowledge to the practice of composites manufacturing. As you navigate around the KPC, refer back to the information on this right-hand pane as a resource for understanding the intricacies of composites processing and why the KPC is laid out in the way that it is. The following video explains the KPC approach:

Understanding Composites Processing

The Knowledge in Practice Centre (KPC) is centered around a structured method of thinking about composite material manufacturing. From the top down, the heirarchy consists of:

The way that the material, shape, tooling & consumables and equipment (abbreviated as MSTE) interact with each other during a process step is critical to the outcome of the manufacturing step, and ultimately critical to the quality of the finished part. The interactions between MSTE during a process step can be numerous and complex, but the Knowledge in Practice Centre aims to make you aware of these interactions, understand how one parameter affects another, and understand how to analyze the problem using a systems based approach. Using this approach, the factory can then be developed with a complete understanding and control of all interactions.

The relationship between material, shape, tooling & consumables and equipment during a process step

Interrelationship of Function, Shape, Material & Process

Design for manufacturing is critical to ensuring the producibility of a part. Trouble arises when it is considered too late or not at all in the design process. Conversely, process design (controlling the interactions between shape, material, tooling & consumables and equipment to achieve a desired outcome) must always consider the shape and material of the part. Ashby has developed and popularized the approach linking design (function) to the choice of material and shape, which influence the process selected and vice versa, as shown below:

The relationship between function, material, shape and process

Within the Knowledge in Practice Centre the same methodology is applied but the process is more fully defined by also explicitly calling out the equipment and tooling & consumables. Note that in common usage, a process which consists of many steps can be arbitrarily defined by just one step, e.g. "spray-up". Though convenient, this can be misleading.

The relationship between function, material, shape and process consisting of Equipment and Tooling and consumables


The KPC's Practice and Case Study volumes consist of three types of workflows:

  • Development - Analyzing the interactions between MSTE in the process steps to make decisions on processing parameters and understanding how the process steps and factory cells fit within the factory.
  • Troubleshooting - Guiding you to possible causes of processing issues affecting either cost, rate or quality and directing you to the most appropriate development workflow to improve the process
  • Optimization - An expansion on the development workflows where a larger number of options are considered to achieve the best mixture of cost, rate & quality for your application.