HiPerDuCT Industry Event

20 June 2017, 10.00 AM - 20 June 2017, 3.00 PM

Johnson Lecture Room, The National Composites Centre, Bristol BS16 7FS

A key limitation of current composites is their brittleness. Failures tend to be sudden and catastrophic, without the yielding or other warning of overloading seen in metals. The HiPerDuCT programme is a £6M, six-year collaboration between the University of Bristol and Imperial College, London. We are researching ways to overcome this limitation by creating high performance composites that fail more gradually. Pseudo-ductile metallic like “yielding” has successfully been achieved by hybridisation and fibre reorientation in tension, and other types of loading are under investigation. Novel architectures have been devised to produce more gradual failure, and progress made towards fully ductile high performance fibres.

Find out about our progress to date, share your requirements for ductility in composites and help shape our future research by identifying further challenges and potential applications in your sector. There will be talks highlighting areas where we have generated new IP or there are opportunities for technology transfer.

We anticipate this workshop being of interest to engineers, designers and specifiers of composites in all industries, as well as research and development specialists.

When & Where

Tuesday 20th June 10-3pm, Johnson Lecture Room, The National Composites Centre, Bristol BS16 7FS

Register your attendance here.

Outline agenda

10:00 Arrival, registration & coffee

10:30-10:45 Overview of Programme – Prof Michael Wisnom

10:45-12:15 Presentations covering selected aspects of the programme:

  • Multi-directional pseudo-ductile hybrid composites – Dr Meisam Jalalvand
  • Sensors for visual detection of overloading – Tamas Rev
  • Pseudo-ductile angle-ply composites – Dr Jonathan Fuller
  • High Performance Discontinuous Fibre Composites: A Sustainable Route to the Next Generation of Composites – Dr HaNa Yu
  • Designing the microstructure of ductile composites – James Finley
  • Isolating fibre fractures with a bio-inspired fibre-matrix interphase – François de Luca

12:15-12:45 Industrial perspectives:

  • Dr Rob Backhouse, Rolls-Royce
  • Dr David Tilbrook, Hexcel
  • Dr Dan Thompson, NCC

12:45-13:45 Lunch and poster display/networking with HiPerDuCT team 

13:45-14:45 Workshop sessions to discuss potential applications and requirements

  • Pseudo-ductile hybrid and angle ply composites
  • Overload sensors
  • Discontinuous fibre composites
  • Fibre-matrix interphase developments

14:45 Close & Optional tour of National Composites Centre

HiPerDuCT Industry Event Full Programme 2017 (PDF, 90kB)

Contact information

For further information please contact Helen Jones, HiPerDuCT Project Support helen.r.jones@bristol.ac.uk.

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