EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites

Developing the next generation of composite manufacturing processes based on low cost, short cycle times, efficiency and sustainability.

Key Academic and Industrial Partners

Universities:

  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Bristol
  • Cranfield University
  • University of Manchester 

Aerospace:

  • Airbus UK
  • GKN
  • Rolls-Royce Plc

Automotive:

  • Bentley Motors Ltd
  • Caparo Vehicle Technologies Ltd
  • Lotus Engineering Ltd

Energy:

  • Luxfer Gas Cylinders Ltd
  • Vestas Blades UK Ltd

Technology Centres:

  • National Composites Centre (NCC)
  • Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

Further details

Composites are a critical technology for developing a low carbon economy- by providing light weight materials for transport systems, and through their use in wind and tidal power machinery.

Key Research Challenges

  • Process science – integrated modelling approach to define process capability: defect generation, process variability, design/ manufacture/ cost interactions.
  • Processing technology – next generation, high-rate manufacturing technologies: rapid deposition, high-speed processing, parts integration.

Contact:

Professor Andrew Long, EPSRC Centre Director
Tel: +44 (0) 115 951 3779
Fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3800
Email: andrew.long@nottingham.ac.uk

EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites