Bristol Composites Institute

Composites are the materials of the future

We lead the way in composites education and research, combining cutting edge fundamental science with strong industrial links for technology transfer.

Advanced composite materials are critical to reducing weight, energy consumption and COgeneration for transport applications. They also enable novel and multi-functional structural designs. They are formed by combining two or more materials to create an advanced material with significantly improved properties. Composites also enable novel and multi-functional structural designs.

As a global leader in composites research and application, the University of Bristol has the strength to make composites in the UK an exemplar of how research and industrial engagement should be done.


Institute Directors

Professor Ole Thomsen
Professor Stephen Hallett

Institute Manager

Emma Woodland

Our partnerships

We have worked with over 120 other organisations since 2007 ranging academia to industry.

We have a strong partnership with the National Composites Centre (NCC) to develop and exploit new research ideas in conjunction with our industrial collaborators.

Our work in the Composites Technology Centre (UTC) supported by Rolls-Royce is developing new analysis capabilities that can be used to design and manufacture composite components.

We have several major collaborative UK research programmes funded by EPSRC, including the £6M High Performance Ductile Composite Technologies Programme with Imperial College London and the £10M Future Composites Manufacturing Hub with the Universities of Nottingham, Manchester, Cranfield, Southampton and Imperial College. These programmes aim to revolutionise the design and manufacture of composites.

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