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BTG Labs Interviews Louis Dorworth of Abaris about AeroDef 2017

This week, BTG Labs’ Chief Scientist Dr. Giles Dillingham will be co-hosting a booth and presenting a 3-hour long workshop with BTG Labs’ valued partner, Louis (Lou) Dorworth, Direct Services Manager at Abaris Training Resources, Inc.


Louis C. (Lou) Dorworth Division Mgr.-Direct Services Abaris Training Resources, Inc. Reno, Nevada – USA


As a specialist in the field of advanced composite materials and processes since 1978, Lou offers extensive information that he uses to educate the composite industry. His experience includes research and development, materials and process engineering, tool engineering/design, and tool fabrication.

BTG Labs sat down with Louis to discuss his expectations for AeroDef 2017.

What do you think about the latest in composite technology? What's standing out?

Composite technology is changing at a rapid pace as process methodologies and applications broaden across all industries.  Nano-fortified polymers and composites show much promise for enhancing structural properties in both adhesives and laminate structures.

What can attendees expect to leave with after your workshop with Dr. Giles Dillingham?

Attendees can expect to learn the key methods and techniques to achieving robust and durable adhesively bonded joints in composite structures.  They will have a much better understanding of both the practical and scientific factors that contribute to a successful adhesive bond.

What are some issues faced by users when attempting to bond or repair composites?

The primary issues involve controlling and verifying the integrity of the prepared composite surface, the environmental conditions that exist where the bonding takes place, the control of the adhesives so that they are not exposed to adverse conditions, and achieving a proper cure in the adhesive.

Tell me about Abaris? What is the company's mission?

Abaris Training is the world leader in advanced composite training. We have trained more than 23,000 students since our inception in 1983 across a number of industries ranging from aerospace to automotive and more recently, green energy. Our goal is to teach the latest technology to our students in a friendly yet professional atmosphere.

Currently we offer 26 different courses covering many of the various disciplines surrounding advanced composite structures engineering, manufacturing, and repair. Classes are available in three different facilities; Reno, NV, Griffin, GA, and at the São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil. All courses are taught by highly motivated instructors, all of which have vast experience and knowledge of composites and are acknowledged for being the top in their respective fields.

The Abaris Mission

  • To remain on the cutting edge of technology in composite training; including engineering, manufacturing, repair
  • To teach these technologies to our students in a friendly, yet professional atmosphere
  • To supply students with troubleshooting techniques that save time and money
  • To train students in the proper use of composite materials, through a mix of active classroom lectures and critical hands-on workshop instruction.
  • To give each student confidence and enthusiasm to return to their professions and put to work their newly acquired skills immediately.

What do you expect at AeroDef? What are you most looking forward to?

We primarily expect to reach out to the aerospace/defense industry at AeroDef but we have learned from previous years that the audience has expanded to include many other industries as well.  The Ft. Worth, TX location draws many people from the wind energy and oil and gas industries and a host of locals that are from a number of companies peripherally involved in composites.  We look forward to networking and discussing our offerings with these folks (some of which will have attended our workshop).

What can visitors expect to see/learn at your shared booth with BTG Labs? 

Visitors can learn all about Abaris and the many training and consultation services that we offer.  Also, more about the composite industry in general and how adhesive bonding fits into that discussion.  More importantly, they can expect to learn more about how the Surface Analyst is useful in composite (and metal) manufacturing and repair applications from both our staff and the BTG staff in the booth.

AeroDef will take place March 6-9 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Texas. Visit BTG Labs and Abaris at booth #705. This event brings together leaders in the aerospace and defense industry.  The workshop taught by Dr. Dillingham and Lou, “Fundamentals of Adhesive Bonding of Composite Materials” will feature insight on the most important aspects of the bonding process, and, how to guarantee success in adhesive bonding of composites. Register for the event. 

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