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£3M funding awarded to ACCIS for "Atoms to Applications" research.

This picture shows a severe defect in a composite laminate, the new process equipment will allow us to study how such defects are formed and how to avoid them

This picture shows a severe defect in a composite laminate, the new process equipment will allow us to study how such defects are formed and how to avoid them

31 July 2013

The University’s Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS) has been awarded over £3 million for the project Composites Innovation: from Atoms to Applications

ACCIS has received funding of £3 million for equipment to aid further work on Atoms to Applications research. This will allow the creation of a leading facility to generate a step-change in the understanding of the evolving microstructure of advanced composite materials based on measurements in unprecedented detail throughout the manufacturing and product cycles. This will provide the scientific basis that will enable the creation of next generation multi-functional materials.

The process equipment will be located in dedicated laboratory space within the second phase expansion of the National Composites Centre (NCC), maximising the impact of the science deriving from its use in an industrial context.  The mechanical performance and microstructural equipment will be located at the University to draw in expertise from across Science and Engineering, and take advantage of the in-depth internationally leading strength in materials characterization and innovation.

 

This picture shows a severe defect in a composite laminate, the new process equipment will allow us to study how such defects are formed and how to avoid them

This picture shows a severe defect in a composite laminate, the new process equipment will allow us to study how such defects are formed and how to avoid them

 

Professor Michael Wisnom, Director of ACCIS, said: “This new facility will enable fundamental new materials science research in physics and chemistry, through to research on processes and mechanisms in engineering, building on the world-leading activities of ACCIS.”

 

The facility will build on the research carried out by ACCIS, which has major industrial backing and works closely with the NCC, part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

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