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ACCIS CDT student wins Hexcel project prize

Noémie Fedon (left) with Dr Alex Baidak, Hexcel Vice President, R&T Aeromatrix and Adhesives (right) Logan Wang

3 April 2018

PhD student Noémie Fedon has been awarded the annual Hexcel prize for the best ACCIS CDT six-month extended research project (XP).

Noémie, a PhD student in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT), won the award for her XP project ‘From lamination parameters to manufacturable stacking sequence’, under the supervision of Dr Alberto Pirrera, Dr Terence Macquart and Professor Paul Weaver.

After completing nine months of taught units, the XP is the culmination of the ACCIS CDT’s taught component, and gives the first year cohort the opportunity to conduct a novel piece of research work prior to embarking on their PhD projects. Perhaps not surprisingly, Noémie has chosen to build on the impressive work started with the XP project for her full PhD project (read more about the XP project and follow on PhD).

Hexcel provided Noémie with an expenses paid trip to the leading international composites trade show, JEC World, which took place in Paris, France, between 6 – 8 March 2018. During her trip Noémie visited the Hexcel exhibition stand and spent time discussing recent innovations in composites technologies with Dr Alex Baidak, Hexcel’s R&T Aeromatrix and Adhesives Vice President. As a global leader in manufacturing advanced composite materials for the commercial aerospace, space and defence, and industrial markets, Hexcel naturally has a strong presence at the event each year.

Noémie said: “I am very grateful to Hexcel for providing this award for the best extended research project. Attending the JEC World show in Paris was a great opportunity to discover the latest composite technologies and innovations. I was really impressed at the high number and rich diversity of companies involved in the field. Dr Alex Baidak showed me a range of composite materials and their applications and presented the current developments of the company, notably the first carbon fibre PAN production unit being built in Europe. This experience assured me of the exciting future of composites.”

Alex said: “Hexcel is delighted to sponsor the prize for the best ACCIS CDT XP project at Bristol. Hexcel recognises the key research and training roles played by the ACCIS centre in Bristol. We are pleased to congratulate Noemie for her outstanding work and would like to wish her all the best for the completion of her PhD project.”

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