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EPSRC Reference: EP/M002500/1
Title: Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Next generation of lightweight composites - how far can we go?
Principal Investigator: Pinho, Professor ST
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Department: Dept of Aeronautics
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: EPSRC Fellowship
Starts: 31 December 2014 Ends: 30 December 2019 Value (£): 818,239
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation Materials Processing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Manufacturing
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Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
12 Mar 2014 Engineering Fellowships for Growth - Advanced Materials Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Breakthroughs in the development of new materials have historically been achieved largely by trial and error. My vision is that there is a new generation of advanced hierarchical materials that has never been addressed and can be achieved by design. This new generation draws inspiration both from recent experimental observations in existing materials and from biomimetics, and is made possible by recent advances in modelling and manufacturing. The main challenges faced by today's composites industry include (i) damage tolerance, (ii) manufacturability and (iii) sustainability. I argue that (i) hierarchical micro-structural designs for composites will be more damage tolerant and achieve over 100% increase in fracture toughness, (ii) that hierarchical discrete carbon-fibre systems will simultaneously address manufacturing and performance needs of the automotive industry, and (iii) that recycled carbon fibres will find a high-value market as semi-structural parts by also exploiting hierarchical architectures. My proposal is to define these hierarchical micro-structures by design and to then develop suitable manufacturing methods to realise them in practice.
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