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EPSRC Reference: GR/M83605/01
Title: PROCESSING OF POLYMER COMPOSITES
Principal Investigator: Fernando, Professor GF
Other Investigators:
Liu, Dr T Crosby, Dr P Dahele, Dr J
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Furukawa Research Ministry of Defence (MOD) National Power
Rolls-Royce Plc (UK)
Department: Engineering Systems
Organisation: Cranfield University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 16 December 1999 Ends: 15 August 2003 Value (£): 57,663
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Processing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Construction
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Autoclave processing equipment is required for the following reasons:1. An autoclave will allow composite parts to be fabricated at RMCS, Cranfield University in a manner used extensively by Industry (aerospace, automotive etc.). This processing method is not currently available on campus;2. A variety of post-doctoral, post-graduate and undergraduate research projects are concerned with the development of process monitoring sensors for composite materials. An autoclave will allow for significant improvements in the application of these sensors;3. An autoclave will enable the development of on-line process control whereby the information received from the process monitoring sensors for composite materials. 4. Several projects researching health-monitoring sensors for composite materials (e.g. strain, vibration, fatigue, acoustic emission) will be able to fabricate specimens with embedded sensors to evaluate their performance;5. This instrument will allow research into the development of new resin systems with specific properties designed to suit particular applications.
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