The EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub was launched in January 2017 and is a £10.3m investment to expand the national research effort towards delivering a step change in the production of polymer matrix composites, whilst training the next generation of composite engineers. The Hub is led by the University of Nottingham and the University of Bristol and initially included 4 other Spokes: Imperial College London, Cranfield University, the University of Manchester and the University of Southampton. Three new academic partners joined the Hub in October 2017 following the first call for Feasibility Study proposals: the University of Cambridge, The University of Edinburgh, and the University of Glasgow.
Supported by 4 HVM Catapult Centres and 18 leading companies from the composites sector, collectively offering a further £13m in support, the total portfolio is over £23m. This forms a key element in the UK’s composites manufacturing R&D strategy. The Hub builds on the solid foundations of CIMComp, the previously funded EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites, which was set up in June 2011 and ran for 5 years. The Hub aims to become the national centre of excellence in fundamental research for composites manufacturing.
Firmly embedded within the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub is the Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Composites Manufacture, which delivers specialist training at the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol. The IDC facilitates the EngD in Composites Manufacture, a four-year postgraduate research programme for researchers who aspire to key leadership positions in industry. In turn, the Centre provides the UK composites manufacturing industry with Research Engineers equipped with the necessary advanced technical and leadership skills required for effective adoption of new knowledge and technologies in composites manufacture.
Promote a step change in composites manufacturing science and technologies.
Create a pipeline of next generation technologies addressing future industrial needs and developing the national composites strategy
Provide doctoral training for the next generation of composites manufacturing engineers
Build and grow the national and international composites communities
CIMComp project moves towards commercialisation with Hexcel…
26th September 2017