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The newly formed Brunel Composites Centre is a joint venture by Brunel and TWI to create a shared research and technology capability specialising in novel composites processing and joining technologies applied to industrial environments. BCC will develop innovative methods for composites processing/joining across Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) 1-6. This underpins TWI’s work across TRLs 4-6. Partnership with TWI gives the Centre the opportunity to work together with TWI Industrial Members.
The Centre will develop a financially sustainable research facility, drawing on existing strengths at Brunel University London to complement and underpin applied research and development activities at TWI. The Centre’s objectives are to: create solutions for better processing and joining of composites; de-risk innovation in composites for quick industrial adoption; and establish a world leading reputation in composites and joining. Its core areas of research are: microwave heating in composites production; joining of composites without mechanical fastening; adhesive bonding; coatings for composites; composites-metal joints; novel processing of composites; interface phenomena at composite surfaces.