I-Composites Grand Challenge Research event
The I-Composites Grand Challenge Research event took place following the ACCIS Annual Conference on Wednesday 15 September in the Queen's Building at the University of Bristol.
This £10m Technology Strategy Board funded programme, led by GKN Aerospace and coordinated by the National Composites Centre aims to target the two critical requirements needed to transform the UK composites industry and so develop a wide range of new market opportunities:
- Cost reduction technologies
- Enhancing the capabilities and performance of composite structures
The programme provides the basis for reducing energy consumption and wastage in manufacturing whilst simultaneously improving the functionality of composite materials, for full details see www.i-composites.org. Presentations were given by the programme partners detailing the research they are undertaking within the I-Composites Grand Challenge programme.
10.00–14.00 ACCIS Conference
I-composites agenda (Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen’s Building)
Presentations can be downloaded from the I-Composites resource webpage.
14.00 Overview of I-Composite Programme – Richard Newley, GKN Aerospace
14.20 Simulation and modelling - Laurence Vaughn, Frazer-Nash Consultancy
14.40 Microwave curing of composite materials - Victoria Coenen, Aircelle Ltd
15.00 Automated fibre lay-up - Keith Campbell, Bombardier Aerospace
15.40 Ice-phobic coatings - GKN Aerospace
16.00 Complex AFP - Mark Lees, Cobham
16.20 DCFP wheel well - Lee Bateup, Bentley Motors
16.40 Close and networking