Eleven academically gifted students with a range of academic backgrounds, including engineering (aerospace, chemical, civil, materials), physics and chemistry.
Students work in groups to design, build and test a carbon fibre composite structure. Our first cohort designed, built and tested a small scale prototype carbon fibre composite wing box structure.
The CDT extended research projects provide an ideal opportunity for collaboration between ACCIS, industry and other UK Universities. There is the potential for extended research projects to roll forward to a PhD.
There has never been such a demand for composite specialists, and with advanced composites now a national strategic priority area for research, this is a truly exciting area to be working in. Our four year interdisciplinary PhD training aims to address the need for future leaders in this field. The Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT) is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and brings together scientists and engineers and benefits from strong industrial links. Our innovative programme includes an integrated taught component during the first year.
Professor Paul Weaver, ACCIS CDT Director