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EPSRC Reference: EP/L016028/1
Title: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science
Principal Investigator: Weaver, Professor PM
Other Investigators:
Farrow, Dr I Bond, Professor IP Trask, Professor RS
Wisnom, Professor M
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Airbus Operations Limited Arup Group Ltd Aviation Enterprises
BAE Systems BMW Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL
Embraer Garrad Hassan & Partners Ltd GKN
McLaren Group National Composites Centre National Institute of Aerospace
Rolls-Royce Plc (UK) Royal National Lifeboat Institution SKM Enviros
The Electrospinning Company Vestas
Department: Aerospace Engineering
Organisation: University of Bristol
Scheme: Centre for Doctoral Training
Starts: 01 April 2014 Ends: 31 March 2024 Value (£): 4,938,964
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Biomaterials Manufact. Enterprise Ops& Mgmt
Materials Processing Materials Synthesis & Growth
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Manufacturing
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
23 Oct 2013 EPSRC CDT 2013 Interviews Panel C Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The ACCIS CDT will continue to address the EPSRC's goal of Developing Leaders in the key area of advanced materials under the EPSRC priority area of Materials Technologies. The underpinning philosophy will be to train the next generation of pioneers in composites technologies at the interface between engineering, life sciences, physics and chemistry, noting that within ACCIS, composites are defined as synergistic combinations of materials which may exhibit multifunctional attributes.

The need for the ACCIS CDT is now even more important strategically than was the case for the initial award. The utilisation of composites is growing at an unprecedented rate, as illustrated by the significant UK technological contribution to both the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 with composite airframes, the need for rapid development of renewable energy (wind turbine blades) and the nascent interest in large scale production of automotive components by organisations such as McLaren and BMW. The need for lightweight, high performance, multifunctional materials is a key element in meeting the goals of a sustainable future. Thus, industrial usage is within a period of exponential rise. Furthermore, composite materials has been recognized as one of the key industries by which the UK can seek to rebalance the economy towards export driven high value manufacturing.

We intend to build upon our strong existing platform by further increasing our international engagement and by attracting elite home and overseas students to widen the pool of highly skilled labour for UK industry, supported by a combination of industrial and scholarship funding.

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