Tinkering with materials: engineered composites from plant fibres
Date:30 September 2019, 6:00pm - 30 September 2019, 8:00pm
University of Auckland, Professor Krishnan Jayaraman, inaugural lecture Plant fibre-reinforced composites have found a wide array of applications in the building industry in products such as door and window frames, decking material and railings, and the automobile industry in items such as door panels, seat backs, headliners, package trays, dashboards and trunk liners. Plant fibres such as sisal, flax and jute fibres possess good reinforcing capability when properly compounded with polymers. The advantages of plant fibres over synthetic ones such as glass fibres are low cost, low density, renewability, and favourable values of specific strength and specific modulus.
Tackling polluting products and materials
Date:25 September 2019, 5:00pm - 25 September 2019, 7:00pm
Auckland Conversations. Our built environment in Aotearoa has to go zero carbon by 2050 – throughout the entire lifecycle, from construction, raw material extraction, the manufacture of products such as steel and concrete used to make our buildings, and the energy used for things like heating and lighting. Not all of the solutions to get our built environment to zero carbon will be easy.
Our changing world
Date:2 October 2019, 6:30pm - 27 November 2019, 7:30pm
Wednesday 2 October | Games and goalposts: How sport in New Zealand has evolved from 1840 to now, Dr Geoff Watson ***** Join us each month in Auckland to discover the latest insights from our leading thinkers in humanities and social sciences. Hear first-hand from Massey University scholars and explore with them unique and captivating perspectives to better understand modern-day challenges. Register ***** Wednesday 6 March | David Belgrave Is it only our way or the Huawei? Past, present and future options for New Zealand and China Reflecting on the history of New Zealand policy towards China is especially pertinent now as we navigate the current tensions between globalisation and nationalism in global politics.