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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.
To find out more, please click on the bubbles in the diagram below to highlight the research challenges that have been identified for each technology. The severity of each challenge has been rated from 1 to 10, which is indicated by the size of the circle. Each research challenge has been categorised according to 1) Infrastructure and Environment, 2) Machine Hardware, 3) Material Format, 4) Material Deposition and 5) Part Applicability and Geometry, indicated by the colour of the circle
A series of synergy workshops have been hosted by the Hub to develop and summarise interactions between Hub projects.
The aims of the workshop were to:
The output from the workshop can be viewed here:
CIMComp completed an extensive capability mapping exercise of 20 academic institutions active in the field of composites manufacturing research, as of January 2015 (reviewed May 2017). This exercise provides a comprehensive overview of the UK composites manufacturing research activity, expertise and equipment for the academic sector.
Table 1 provides a quick capability map for UK academic institutions active in composites manufacturing research.
Table 2 details the areas of research activity for each of the UK institutions active in composites research.
An equipment register for 20 academic institutions has been collated using Kit-Catalogue and can be accessed via the following link: https://cimcompkit.nottingham.ac.uk
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