2022 Technology Days

Composites Technology Forum for UK Defence

The National Composites Centre is facilitating a series of Technology Days as part of the Composites Technology Forum for UK Defence. Each event will focus on a priority technology theme that has been identified and selected from a consultation with industry and the Ministry of Defence.

Each Technology Day will provide a collaborative discussion space between the Forum Steering Board, the UK industrial supply chain and academic communities that is focused around one of the priority technology themes. 

The six Technology Days will be held throughout 2022 hosted by the NCC in Bristol (and/or accessible online), each providing an opportunity for participants to present novel materials and manufacturing technology from mid to low TRL around the priority theme. This will not only help direct future research projects but will also open up opportunities for collaboration with other participants.

During each Technology Day, the NCC will also outline any current or planned research relevant to the theme and details of how to participate in future NCC-directed research projects or initiatives. There will be a chance to discuss any ‘open’ or ‘future-planned’ public funding routes on this topic combined with an opportunity for the voice of the Ministry of Defence Executive agencies Dstl, AWE and SDA to be heard.

Technology Day 1: Composites Survivability

Date: Tuesday 22nd March 2022

The first Technology Day will focus on composites survivability. We are inviting interest on the following topics:

  • Shock load on composite in defence
  • Impact resistance in defence
  • Ballistic resistance in defence
  • Blast resistance in defence
  • Impact/ballistic modelling for composites
  • Testing for impact and ballistic on composite
  • New materials and manufacturing technology for impact/ballistic/blast protection

If you are interested in attending the Composites Surviviability technology day, please complete the form and submit a short abstract of no more than 500 words outlining any core capability, novel emerging technology or research ambition centred around the Technology Day. The Forum is particularly interested to hear from SMEs, industry and academic communities which are pushing the state of the art and offering new options for future competitive technology.

Following a review of the submitted abstracts, we are looking to invite a number of participants to give a short presentation on the day and to engage in the collaborative workshop and discussions. If selected, we will contact you shortly with a link to book your place. Participation is free but spaces are limited and will need to be booked.

The closing date to register your interest in the Composites Survivability Technology Day is Monday 28th February 2022.

 

Future Technology Days

Registration of interest will open for future Technology Days in due course.

Composites for Environmental Exposure – 25 May

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Composites for Environmental Exposure – 25 May

  • Marine environment (surface and sub)
  • Acoustic fatigue
  • Fire resistance/ containment
  • Ionising and non-ionising radiation

Composites for High Service Temperature – 13 July

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Composites for High Service Temperature – 13 July

  • High Tg polymer matrix composites (Tg >250degC)
  • Ceramic Matrix Composites
  • Metal Matrix Composites

Reducing the Cost of Composites - 28 September

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Reducing the Cost of Composites - 28 September

  • Manufacturing automation for low volume
  • Reducing development time
  • Integrated structures
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Digital tools for virtual testing and process modelling

Joining of Composites – 30 November

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Joining of Composites – 30 November

  • Composite joint design
  • Joints of composites to composites
  • Joints of composites to metals

Emerging Materials and Manufacturing Technology - 25 January '23

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Emerging Materials and Manufacturing Technology - 25 January '23

  • Smart materials
  • Nano materials
  • Meta materials
  • New manufacturing processes / technology

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