Advanced Composites Group Our research
The Advanced Composites Group undertakes research in five main areas: Interface characterisation, Fibre reinforcement performance, Recycling, processing & manufacturing, Polymer aerogel composites and Structure–processing–performance relationships.
Our areas of research
Interface characterisationComposite interface is one of the key factors in controlling overall performance in fibre reinforced composites and the Advanced Composites Group set its focus on this area from the very beginning. Over the years we have developed robust micromechanical techniques to probe stress transfer capability in virtually any fibre reinforced polymer composite. These techniques are sensitive to the modification of fibre surface or/and polymer matrix and have been successfully applied to a wide range of fibre-matrix combinations
Fibre reinforcement performanceWe are one of the largest research groups in the UK specialising in fundamental scientific and industrial oriented research in the area of fibrous reinforcement for polymeric composite materials. Fibre reinforcement is the core component in any fibre reinforced composites and consequently tends to be the focus of attention in relation to both property alteration and development of new products. In recent times the we have worked on a number of EPSRC and industry funded projects, which cover various types of reinforcement.
Recycling, processing and manufacturing researchWe are firmly committed to sustainable development of fibre reinforced composites and is at the frontier of the research for developing closed-loop recycling for glass fibre composites. We have recently completed a £1m collaborative research grant with 7 other UK universities, together tackling material sustainability in the automotive and renewable energy industries.
Following breakthroughs made as part of this project we have a strong desire to continue our work in this area. Our recent findings put us at the cutting edge of glass fibre regeneration research.