The AMRC Composite Centre is a state-of-the-art facility for advanced composite manufacturing research and development.
Based in a dedicated extension to the AMRC Factory of the Future, we extend the AMRC’s expertise in metals production into the new generation of carbon fibre composite materials. These materials are increasingly used in aerospace, marine, automotive and other high-value industries for their combination of light weight and high strength. But they also present a host of manufacturing challenges.
Our research focuses on the production and machining of composite components, including hybrid parts which combine high-performance metals and composites in a single structure. Such structures can provide significant weight savings while maintaining the highest material and structural performance, offering improved fuel efficiency for aerospace and other transport applications.
The AMRC Composite Centre focuses on three core areas of key interest to industry:
- Automated production for higher-throughput production.
- Machining of composite and metal-composite hybrid materials.
- Advanced curing technologies including microwave curing to reduce production time.
The AMRC Composite Centre is a member of the Composites at Sheffield partnership.
Richard Scaife, AMRC Composite Centre manager