Welcome to ICBFC-2019!
Over the past two decades, due to their high strength, light weight, non-magnetic
and non-corrosive properties and good fatigue endurance, fiber reinforced polymers
(FRPs) have found increasing use as materials for a wide range of applications. Basalt
fibers (BFs), as one of the newest types of fiber materials, have attracted increasing
attention and usage due to their advantageous cost performance and environment-
friendly feature that make them comparable or superior to other fibers such as carbon
fibers, or glass fibers. Nowadays, BF research, production and marketing efforts are
principally based in some countries such as China, Japan, Russia and Ukraine. In
addition, a series of research programs on BF have been conducted in the USA, South
Korea, and some countries in EU (e.g., Austria and Germany) and Australia. Moreover,
there has been a growth and emergence of a viable and respected community of
research scientists, engineers, and industry who have contributed to the development
of BFRP and its applications. More than 50 manufactures of BF have been established
National and Local Unified Engineering Research Center for Basalt Fiber Production
and Application Technology in Nanjing, China, which has been a pioneering and
leading research and manufacturing center in BF technologies in China is initiating
and hosting this conference. The conference aims at bringing together eminent
scholars and researchers with long-range and broad vision in the field of BFs and
BFRPs, who have carried out research in the manufacturing, evaluation, and
advancement technologies of BFs and BFRPs, and the application technologies of BFs/
BFRPs in various fields such as automobile, ship, aerospace, and civil engineering/
transportation, chemical engineering, and energy, etc., from around the globe.
Meanwhile, how to create a visible presence and voice for the BF research and
development community will be discussed during this conference.
An academic conference will be held on November 16-17, 2019 in Nanjing, which
has a prominent status in Chinese history and culture as the capital of China in six
dynasties. Then, we will move to Xiongan New Area, which is oriented as a grand
strategy crucial for a millennium to come. A post-conference industry forum
will be held on Nov 18 in Hengshui (southern gate of Xiongan). We will
experience a city site-visit in Xiongan on Nov 19.
We look forward to your participation in the ICBFC-2019 and to welcoming you to
Nanjing in November 2019.
Zhishen Wu, Conference Chair
International Institutefor Urban Systems Engineering/School of Civil Engineering