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Bristol Composites Institute team wins SAMPE UK EPSRC competition

Yian Zhao, Francescogiuseppe Morabito and Chris Hunt with their winning tower

The winning structure can be seen on the far right, towering above the competition

13 September 2019

On 12 September 2019, a team of young engineers from Bristol Composites Institute entered and won the first composites design and make competition run by SAMPE UK in collaboration with the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub.

The team consisted of two ACCIS CDT students (Chris Hunt and Francescogiuseppe Morabito) and one research associate (Dr Yian Zhao). The competition was held at the University of Nottingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Building as part of the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub open day which was attended by roughly 200 academics and industrial partners.

The rules of the competition were simple: build a tower that is capable of holding a 1 kilogram mass at its top; the tallest tower wins. The tower itself had to weigh less than 250 grams and be made solely from composite materials. A total of six teams entered, consisting of five university teams and one small company.

Using WrapToR truss technology, which is currently under development in the Institute, the Bristol team were able to reach an incredible height of 6.76m. This gave the team a significant margin over the next closest competitor whose tower reached a height of 2.97m. The highly entertaining event provided a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work being conducted with the Institute.


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