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Current EngD Projects

The following projects are currently being undertaken by IDC Research Engineers:


  • CRaToS 3D (Carbon Rapid Tape Shear 3D)

Airborne Composites 

  • Digitalisation of composite manufacturing (University of Bristol)
  • Coupling digital and automation technology with process control for a more efficient future in composites manufacture (University of Bristol)


  • Forming and infusion of next generation composite aero structures (University of Bristol)
  • Development of forming simulation capabilities for use in large-scale next-generation composite aerospace structures (University of Bristol)

Albany Engineered Composites 

  • Advanced 3D woven lightweight composites structures for future automotive high rate programmes (University of Bristol)

Aviation Enterprises Ltd

  • The future of composites for marine applications (University of Bristol)


  • Enhanced Heating Strategies for Composites Manufacture (Cranfield University)


  • Composites optimised for rapid production of aerospace components (Cranfield University)

Jo Bird

  • Developing process control in contact moulding and infusion processing for low cost high volume manufacture of critical safety products (University of Bristol)

M. Wright & Sons

  • Optimisation of 3D woven textiles in relation to binder architecture during the compaction process (University of Manchester)

National Composites Centre 

  • Manufacturing complex, large-scale composite components through “Modular Infusion” (University of Bristol)
  • Effective Use of Recycled Composites (University of Bristol)
  • Development of liner-less lightweight composite pressure vessels (University of Bristol)
  • Automated composites inspection and verification (University of Bristol)
  • Automated deposition process development and optimisation (University of Bristol)
  • Design for manufacture of high volume carbon fibre composites for automotive (University of Bristol)
  • Design for manufacture for low volume high integrity aerospace components (University of Bristol)
  •  Development of liner-less lightweight composite pressure vessels (University of Bristol)
  • Development of novel overbraiding techniques and insight (University of Bristol)
  • High Pressure Resin Transfer Moulding process optimisation (University of Nottingham)
  • Thermoplastic Press Forming (University of Bristol)
  • Preforming affordable composite components for the automotive sector (University of Bristol)

National Physical Laboratory 

  • Development and delivery of cure and material state monitoring within liquid moulding processes for fibre reinforced composites (University of Bristol)

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

  • The Development of an Improved Rain Erosion Lifetime Prediction Model to Predict in-service Coating Erosion Behaviour (University of Bristol)
  • Structural Testing Methods for Next Generation Wind Turbine Blades (University of Bristol)


  • Non Destructive Testing to support the certification and qualification of novel composite materials (University of Bristol)


  • Development of local through thickness reinforcement material and reinforcement architectures to achieve effective delamination management and tailored mechanical performance (University of Bristol)
  • Improvements and innovations in Automated Fibre Placement (University of Bristol)
  • Matrix formulation optimisation and processing parameters for high-temperature resins suitable for filament winding and resin transfer moulding (University of Bristol)
  • Repair- Fan Case (University of Bristol)
  • The impact of scaling component size and production rate on composite manufacturing process, technical capability and cost (University of Bristol)
  • Virtual manufacturing: validation of laminate deformation processes in automated composite material deposition and moulding (University of Bristol)
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