Cranfield University is one of Europe’s largest academic centres for strategic and applied research and development. The postgraduate-only University operates on two campuses, with some 3000 students in the fields of engineering, aeronautics, manufacturing, materials, sustainability, defence studies and management. The mission of the University is the application of world class science and technology to industry, commerce and the public sector and results in annual research income in excess of 100M EUR.
The work within FLEX is carried out in the Enhanced Structures and Composites Centre within the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing. The Centre has established a leading reputation specialising in polymer composites manufacturing, process simulation and optimisation, thermosetting cure modelling and monitoring, though thickness reinforcement, hybrid composite-metallic joining techniques. The Centre includes the Cranfield Composites Manufacturing Laboratory which focuses on the investigation and development of novel processing technology for lightweight structures and has expertise and capability to undertake many of the processes associated with advanced composites manufacturing including but not limited to autoclaving, resin transfer moulding, resin infusion, press moulding, tufting and z-pinning. The Centre is fully equipped in terms of material characterisation with thermal analysis (DSC, TMA, DMA, Rheometer, TGA) and in-house equipment for thermal conductivity and shrinkage measurements during the cure. In addition, the Centre has access to standard FE packages used for the simulation of thermal, mechanical and electrical effects and to two High Performance Computing systems.
Senior Lecturer in Composites Process Science School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
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