NCC News




Friday, November 2, 2018 - 16:31

The NCC are excited to announce that we will be co –hosting an inspiring training workshop in partnership with Alan Harper Composites. The workshop will be a full day of technical awareness and training on the manufacture, use and costing of reusable vacuum membranes. This innovation in reusable technology could help reduce waste and drive down the costs of composite moulding.

A day to discover

How reusable membranes are safely manufactured

How they are usedand reused

Where they are used for both prepreg and liquid moulding

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 10:41

An invention that helps trains the composites engineers of tomorrow by The National Composites Centre and University of Bristol has been shortlisted for a prestigious US award.

The flagship CAMX Award recognises innovations that have the potential to significantly impact composites and advanced materials in the marketplace. The CAMX Award will be awarded during the World’s largest composites expo (15th – 18th October) to two game changing entries that reflect the depth and breadth of the CAMX themes: Combined Strength and Unsurpassed Innovation.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 16:52

The National Composite Centre (NCC) ‘Technology Pull-Through Programme’ aims to collaborate with UK Universities to identify technologies at TRL3 with potential for industrial application. UK Universities that submit an application could be awarded funding from NCC & HVM Catapult to support projects developed at NCC in April 2019. This project has been launched in collaboration with the EPSRC Future Composite Manufacturing Research Hub (FCMRH).

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 12:33

This week Richard Oldfield joins the team at The National Composites Centre, in Bristol.

Richard is no stranger to The National Composites Centre, having been one of its founding steering board members, he says:

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 13:22

At the end of July 2018 we said a sad goodbye to Peter Chivers our inspiring CEO who retired after 8 years of service to the NCC. Peter was a key influence in the development of the Centre and successfully established the NCC as a world leader in research and development for composite manufacturing.

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 14:55

This month, the NCC is delighted to announce our newest Tier 2 Member, SHD Composites.

SHD Composite Materials are leaders in Advanced Composite Prepreg Materials who offer a wide range of tooling and component prepreg materials

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 11:34

The NCC has been working in collaboration with The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) to demonstrate how integration of predictive machine learning can drive improvements and minimise variability within composites manufacturing processes. The collaborative project, Computer Learning in Automated Manufacturing Processes, (CLAMPS) has resulted in a physical demonstrator, which automatically adjusts the manufacturing process parameters to ensure consistently high-quality parts.

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 11:23

NCC has been working with The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) to research integrating lightweight circuitry and embed strain sensors within composites materials. Strain sensors, printed on a flat, flexible polymeric film, can be embedded or integrated into an advanced composites structure to demonstrate real-time structural health monitoring via PC display interfaces and wireless communication devices. The sensors produce data which can be used to hep measure stress and carry out life assessments of the composites infrastructure.

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 16:44

The National Composites Centre (NCC) has been praised by West of England (WoE) Metro-Mayor as a regional and national strategic asset. In a recent visit Mayor Tim Bowles commended the NCC for cultivating local composites expertise for the benefit of the UK. Recently elected WoE Mayor Tim Bowles visited the NCC for a briefing from the NCC team and to meet with key industrial partners. The NCC Chief Executive and NCC Tier 1 Members showcased research and technology development projects, as well as outlining NCC successes and trajectory against the Government's Industrial Strategy.


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