The AMRC Composite Centre has extensive capabilities and expertise in three core technology areas.
These technology themes have been identified by our industrial members as areas of key importance to their own manufacturing operations. We bring these themes together to deliver applied innovation and address real business problems.
Automating the composite lay-up process is vital to maintain the competitiveness of composite manufacturing in the UK. Our automated tape/tow placement capabilities include robotic ATP/AFP and robotic filament winding. We are currently commissioning an automated weaving facility. These technologies allow the low-cost, high-quality production of complex composite components using both preimpregnated and dry fibre.
We build on the AMRC’s world-leading research in advanced machining technology to address the challenges of cutting composite materials. We are developing innovative techniques for drilling, trimming, surface machining and stack machining, and working with industrial partners to develop new cutting tools and machining fluids.
Advanced curing technologies
We are developing innovative technologies and methods for low-energy and high-speed curing to reduce production time while maintaining or improving material quality. Key areas of research include microwave curing systems, heated tooling systems, heated press technology and resin transfer moulding (RTM).