Andrew Mills is Spoke Representative in the Management Group and a Principal Investigator for the Hub. He leads the development of technology for the cost effective manufacturing of lightweight composite structures in close partnership with industry. Over his thirty years’ experience in composites manufacturing research, he has developed a strong track record in knowledge exchange and economic impacting activities. One of the most significant was leading the Airbus UK/Cranfield project AMCAPS, which investigated novel materials and process technology for large composite wing manufacture, some techniques from which have now been qualified for manufacturing the Airbus A380.
Recent grants include: EPSRC/BAES funded FLAVIIR,GR/S71552/01 (Flapless Unmanned Aircraft – Composites Manufacturing), which developed low cost manufacturing technology for unmanned aircraft airframes. These were demonstrated through manufacture of a wing-box and an all carbon fibre composite airframe for a flight demonstrator aircraft, DEMON. The Flaviir project was awarded a BAE SYSTEMS Chairman’s Silver award and The Engineer Magazine’s Aerospace Award. Also, ETI/EPSRC/Industry funded NOVA (Offshore novel wind turbine composite structures) and EU funded PRECARBI (Preforming for aerospace liquid resin moulding). Currently, alongside CIMComp projects he is leading two AMSCI projects which are developing knowledge tools for carbon fibre composites design for manufacture. As vice-Chairman of SAMPE UK, he co-organises annual UK and European conferences on high performance composites technology.