An extensive range of facilities underpins the work of the Centre including our state-of-the-art laboratory where we undertake composites manufacturing related research. Our facilities allow us to provide tailored solutions to a variety of problems involving composite structural design and manufacture. We can provide concept design, modelling and test capabilities from preliminary to detailed (TRL1 to TRL6).

General equipment includes:

  • Pilot scale composites manufacturing equipment including autoclave, RTM, infusion, press moulding.
  • Various NDI capabilities
  • Aircrafts wing structure demonstrators
  • Thermal and thermo-mechanical analysis suite including DSC, DMA, TMA.
  • Rheological analysis suite.
  • Dielectric cure monitoring suite.
  • Fibre optic monitoring systems.
  • Mechanical testing lab including conditioning chambers, infrared/high speed imaging cameras, digital image correlation systems and phased array ultrasonics.
  • Microscopy and surface characterisation suite.
  • Robotic tufting setup.
  • Ultrasonic z-pinning hammer.
  • In house codes for variability analysis.
  • Standard non-linear FE packages for coupled thermo-mechanical analysis.

A selection list of manufacturing and characterisation facilities at the centre is shown below:

Enhanced composites and structures facility 2x1x1 oven 200c
Vacuum assisted oven CALTHERM
2m x 1m x 1m oven 200°C
Enhanced composites and structures facility 400c press 420mm platterns

400C press 420mm platterns

Enhanced composites and structures facility Air press vacuum forming table
Air Press vacuum forming table
upper infrared heater
Enhanced composites and structures facility Hand operated hydraulic press
20 ton hand operated
hydraulic press
Enhanced composites and structures facility Isojet piston rtm machine
Isojet piston RTM machine
Enhanced composites and structures facility Mini RTM mould tool 26mm cavity
Mini RTM mould tool
2-6mm cavity
Enhanced composites and structures facilities KSL Tufting sewing head
Enhanced composites and structures facilities
7 axis robot Kawasaki
Enhanced composites and structures facilities
MP19 laboratory
twin screw extruder
Enhanced composites and structures facilities
Q200 MDSC Mass Flow control
Enhanced composites and structures facilities Instrumented static,
dynamic, fatigue
and impact mechanical
testing facilities
Enhanced composites and structures facility Vacuum oven
Vacuum assisted oven
Enhanced composites and structures facilities
Six Axis Robotic Arm
Enhanced composites and structures facilities
Autoclave

Enhanced composites and structures facilities
Enhanced composites and structures facilities

Compression mould
fontune presses machine
Enhanced composites and structures facilities EXPERT® process system press