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19th August 2019, Nottingham

Hub releases programme for 2019 Open Day

The Hub is a £10.3 million investment by the EPSRC to engage academics from across the UK. © CIMComp

The Hub is a £10.3 million investment by the EPSRC to engage academics from across the UK. © CIMComp

The EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub has released its programme for the upcoming annual Open Day on 12 September 2019 at University of Nottingham.

This event will celebrate the second complete year of the Hub, providing partners the opportunity to highlight progress to date and showcase project outputs. This will be a great opportunity for those across the composites manufacturing supply chain to learn about the latest research and developments in this field.

The day will begin with a welcome address by Hub Director, Prof Nick Warrior, University of Nottingham. Then, Dr Nuno Lourenco, Jaguar Land Rover, will deliver an industry keynote speech. Research Challenge Landscape will be presented by Dr Richard Gravelle, Hub Research & Business Development Manager.

Researcher Session 1 will explore enabling technologies to enhance process robustness. Technologies framework for Automated Dry Fibre Placement will be delivered by Dr Anthony Evans, University of Nottingham. In-process eddy-current testing of composite structures will be discussed by Dr Rob Hughes, University of Bristol. Dr David Anthony, Imperial College London, will explore the topic of manufacturing for structural applications of multifunctional composites.

Researcher Session 2 will focus on design for manufacture via validated simulation. New manufacturing techniques for optimised fibre architectures will be delivered by Dr Vivek Koncherry, University of Manchester, and Dr Shankhachur Roy, University of Manchester.

Dr Shuai Chen, University of Nottingham, will explore an innovative approach to manufacturing closed-section composite profiles. Active control of the RTM process under uncertainty using fast algorithms will be discussed by Dr Andreas Endruweit, University of Nottingham. Virtual un-manufacturing of fibre-steered preforms for complex geometries will be presented by Dr Jonathan Belnoue, University of Bristol. Finally, Dr Tom Turner, Deputy Director for Research and Operations, will present future strategy.

The Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub is a £10.3 million investment by the EPSRC to engage academics from across the UK to deliver a step-change in the production of polymer matrix composites.

The Hub is led by the University of Nottingham and the University of Bristol and initially included four other Spokes: Cranfield University, Imperial College London, the University of Manchester, and the University of Southampton. The network expanded in 2017/2018 to include the University of Cambridge, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Cambridge and Brunel University, London.

Three new academic partners joined the Hub in April 2019 following a Feasibility Study call: the University of Sheffield, Ulster University and Wrexham Glyndwr University.

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