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Dr James Kratz

Dr James Kratz

Dr James Kratz
B Eng (Carleton), MEng (McGill), PhD (McGill)

Lecturer in Materials Engineering

Area of research

Manufacturing affordable high-performance composites

Office 0.56 QB
Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS),
University of Bristol, Queen's Building BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 331 5746


My research is focused on the manufacturing process of composite structures. Unlike their metallic counterparts, a composite's material properties and shape are created simultaneously. Developing a better understanding between the material behaviour and process paramaters will help enable future production of affordable high-performance composite structures.


  • Resin flow and cure. Air entrapment and voids in prepreg processes. Out-of-autoclave manufacturing (including vacuum bag curing of prepregs and vacuum infusion of dry preforms). Local through-thickness reinforcement by tufting. Honeycomb fabrication.

Recent publications

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