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Research Landscape

The Hub’s roadmapping activities describes a number of strategic activities which will provide a cornerstone for future Hub activity, including thematic funding calls, opportunities for collaboration and strategic direction. 

The Hub plays a key role in funding fundamental composites manufacturing research in the UK. This is done in line with our five research themes and two grand challenges.  However, in order to ensure that we are funding the most critical and needed research we need to remain up to date with research trends. Our challenge landscape map is written by academics for academics with endorsement from industrial partners and other stakeholders, collating low TRL-challenges which act as a barrier to step-changes in composites manufacturing.  We hope that this will also enthuse researchers, and inspire them to solve some of the most pressing problems in this sector.

2D to 3D Preforming Braiding Discontinuous fibres Over-moulding Filament Winding Multiple-ply/sub-preform assembly Pultrusion ADFP/ATL/AFP 2D Weaving Non-wovens 3D Weaving Liquid resin infusion OoA Prepreg Autoclave prepreg HP-RTM/RTM Injection Moulding TP Stamping Compression Moulding

Click on the coloured circles to open up each of the challenges.

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