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Host Institution: The University of Nottingham
Start Date: 1st January, 2017
Lead Investigator: Andreas Endruweit
|Platform funding allowed the University of Nottingham to participate in international activities on benchmarking of experimental techniques for characterisation of reinforcement processing properties.
Since permeability characterisation is a prerequisite for design and optimisation of Liquid Composite Moulding processes, demand from the composites industry is high. The University of Nottingham has been providing experimental permeability characterisation as a service to the UK industry for more than 10 years. However, there is a lack of standardisation for measurement of the reinforcement permeability. Permeability data obtained using different methods are not necessarily consistent, which affects the usefulness of the data. Following discussions within the composites community, involving the National Composites Centre, the need for joint activities in the field of permeability characterisation was identified. Building on previous worldwide activities on benchmarking of permeability measurement (with participation of the University of Nottingham), two programs were launched:
The aim of these activities is to further improve understanding of experimental issues and work towards standardisation of characterisation methods.
|Statistical analysis of a large data volume generated during the program allowed identification of most critical error sources in reinforcement permeability testing.