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ACCIS CDT student wins prestigious best paper award

6 January 2016

Rainer Groh, a PhD student in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT) and his supervisor Prof. Paul Weaver have been awarded the Collier Research HyperSizer/AIAA Structures Best Paper Award at the AIAA SciTech 56th AIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference.

The paper submitted by Rainer (pictured right) and Paul entitled 'Mass Optimization of Variable Angle Tow, Variable Thickness Panels with Static Failure and Buckling Constraints' was selected from a pool of more than 120 papers and highlights Bristol's world-leading research on novel carbon-fibre composite structures that have the potential to drastically reduce weight and cost of future aircraft structures. For these reasons, Prof. Weaver's research group is working closely with industrial partners such as Airbus and NASA to make these novel structures a reality.

The 56th AIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference was dedicated to the latest developments in the collective disciplines of structures, structural dynamics, materials, design engineering, and survivability in the aerospace industry and is the largest of its type in the world.

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