Case Studies, Impact & Opinion

Our core research and development strategy plays a key role in innovation, uncovering new opportunities, and fostering competitive advantage to help UK companies to build sustainable products and services. Here, we have shared a small selection of the most recent case studies, innovation impacts and opinion articles from our teams, issued in this past quarter. 

  • Read more about NCC Members and delegates experience hands on immersive design

    NCC Members and delegates experience hands on immersive design

    The National Composite Centre (NCC), in partnership with the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA) hosted an Immersive Design Collaboration event. Over 30 participants were able to experience various Immersive technologies focusing on using the technology to make a design change to an engineering part realised in a CAD 3D model.

  • Read more about Project SILVIA: Assessing sustainable composite materials for use in low-volume automotive applications

    Project SILVIA: Assessing sustainable composite materials for use in low-volume automotive applications

    Suilven RDE Ltd previously worked with the NCC under Project SALSA, to explore the environmental savings and impact on performance due to the use of natural fibre composites in their automotive body panels. Following this work and similar requests from Piper SV and Nedra, Suilven and the NCC wanted to take this a step further and assess composite material solutions that incorporate natural fibres and both bio-derived and biodegradable resin systems.

  • Read more about Detecting defects to improve the sustainability of composite manufacture

    Detecting defects to improve the sustainability of composite manufacture

    A key deliverable in the DETI project, delivered by the University of the West of England, Gary Atkinson, Associate Professor in Engineering at UWE Bristol and part of Lyndon Smith’s team in the Centre for Machine Vision, is developing the “Polarisation Vision for Composite Part Inspection” – a system to automatically detect defects in raw and processed composite materials and so reduce waste and huge expenses for composite industries.

  • Read more about Future Brunels re-design the SS Great Britain in DETI Skills Inspire’s ‘The West in Minecraft’

    Future Brunels re-design the SS Great Britain in DETI Skills Inspire’s ‘The West in Minecraft’

    Some of the West’s talented young engineers who are part of the Future Brunels programme, were able to redesign the SS Great Britain last week. The West in Minecraft’ is a session from the DETI SKills Inspire team that allows the students to use the hugely popular game Minecraft to re-engineer and re-design the West’s engineering landmarks. Including of course, Brunel’s famous ship.

  • Read more about Science through Stories

    Science through Stories

    UWE’s storytelling extraordinaire -Jane Carter – trained up 31 local scientists to make their selected STEM stereotype-busting books come alive for children. This training is the first step in a new scientist storytelling programme in schools – launched by the DETI Skills Inspire team at UWE Bristol, in collaboration with the West of England STEM Ambassador hub.

  • Read more about How to make engineering for everyone

    How to make engineering for everyone

    The Engineering workforce in the UK is made up of only 12% Women and 7% of people from BAME backgrounds – so no wonder the sector is experiencing an employee shortfall. The DETI Skills Innovate team at UWE Bristol wants to address the shortfall of engineers by finding how to best enable these underrepresented groups to enter and progress in the world of Engineering.

  • Read more about British Science Week Activity Packs Now Available

    British Science Week Activity Packs Now Available

    The British Science Week activity packs for 2022 have been launched, providing over 40 simple, hands-on science activities which teachers, parents and community group leaders can use with students and children during British Science Week this year. The WeCount for Net Zero Emissions pack was developed by the DETI Inspire team with funding from DETI.

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