Conceptual Design and Detailed Analysis

We work closely with our customers to understand their requirements and provide support to the adoption and utilisation of composite materials in high-performance systems and structures. In composite design there is an intrinsic link between materials, method of manufacture, geometry, performance and the associated production cost; therefore our broad knowledge of composite engineering and manufacture enables us to provide a holistic approach to solving our customers’ most complex challenges.

Specifically we can develop concepts from first principles through to prototype manufacture using a range of experience and engineering software tools including; virtual assessments from the micro-structure level up to full global analysis and longer-term in-service lifecycle assessments.

How we can help

Trade Studies

  • Literature review/State-of-the-Art assessments
  • Design concept creation, down-selection and scoring
  • Structural optimisation for light-weighting, performance enhancement and cost reduction activities

Design for X

  • Application of Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) tools to develop digital mock-ups and drawings for manufacture
  • Development and use of design guidelines for specific materials, processes and industries
  • Cost modelling

Detailed Structural Analysis

  • Material evaluation using micro-mechanical modelling
  • Performance and failure assessments for a wide range of loading conditions
  • Long-term behaviour predictions including creep, fatigue and environmental effects

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COVID-19 update

Following the Prime Minister’s Briefing on Monday 23 March where he gave clear guidance for the nation to stay at home, and in line with University of Bristol action to close down all of its buildings, the NCC has taken the decision to close both the NCC HQ and NCC Filton centres until further notice, effective from 24 March 2020. 

The vast majority of NCC staff have already been working from home, successfully holding digital meetings with our members, customers and other partners and will continue to do so. You can still get in touch with us through your usual contacts via email and phone, or please email We are in touch with our customers to discuss arrangements for our current projects.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We will continue to update our website and social media channels to keep you informed.