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TECHNOLOGY inside the lab

Advanced Composites Research Group -
Queen's University Belfast
The Advanced Composites Research Group (ACRG), within the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
at Queen's University Belfast, brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers focussing on the science
and engineering of composite materials and structures. Current research projects include advanced multiscale
computational modelling, nano-enhanced multifunctional aerostructures, thermoplastic overmoulding, composite
joining and repair, novel material characterisation methods, and structural design. The ACRG has a distinguished
track record of working with industry, from large OEMs to SMEs (https://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/acrg/).

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ueen's University Belfast is
one of the oldest Universities
in the UK and a member of
the prestigious Russell Group of
top research-intensive Universities.
The first Engineering School was
founded in 1912 and today the
Faculty of Engineering and Physical
Sciences is home to six schools, including the School of Mechanical
and Aerospace Engineering. The
ACRG was established within this
School by Prof Brian G. Falzon
when he was appointed to the
distinguished Royal Academy of
Engineering - Bombardier Chair
in Aerospace Composites, and the
ACRG has rapidly established itself as a world-leading research
group.
In 2017 the ACRG led the bid
to host the 23rd International
Conference
on
Composite
Materials (ICCM23), acknowledged as the premier conference
in the field, to be held in Belfast in
2021.

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Collaborating with the industrial sector
The academic staff within the ACRG, supported by a cohort of postdoctoral researchers and PhD
students, are adept at working with industry and delivering innovative solutions for competitive advantage. Recent and current industry partners, engaged in collaborative research programmes, include Airbus (new approaches to material characterisation), Bombardier (computational modelling,
composite joining and repair, nano-enhanced composites), Rockwell Collins (thermoplastics), GKN
Aerospace (nano-enhanced multifunctional composite structures), Thales (composite manufacturing),
McLaren F1 (crashworthiness), Dstl (composite repair), Wrightbus (automotive composites), Artemis
Technologies (marine structures), Boeing Aerostructures Australia (process modelling, postbuckling
analysis), Chomarat (composite thin-ply technology), and Denroy Plastics (thermoplastic overmoulding). The ACRG is also collaborating with a number of international industry-focused research centres
including NCC (UK), DLR (Germany), RISE SICOMP (Sweden) and CRF (Italy).
R&D projects
The ACRG's highly effective approach to
research and development is based on ensuring a breadth and depth of multidisciplinary expertise on every project that
it undertakes. At the TRL 1-3 scale, most
funding is secured through UK/EU government funding bodies. Funding to support TRL 4-6 activities is mostly secured
through industry and government funding
instruments focused on enhancing productivity and economic growth. The ACRG's
current research portfolio includes the following research projects:
-- Development of state-of-the-art finite element-based material models for predicting
impact damage, compression after impact
strength and the crushing response of composite structures made from 2D/3D laminates.
-- The use of meshless methods in modelling
fracture in composites.
-- Virtual testing of the crashworthiness of
Formula 1 composite structures.
-- Multi-scale modelling of composite damage.
-- Electrothermal anti-icing/de-icing device for
composite aircraft structures based on carbon

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nanotube (CNT) webs.
-- Functionalisation of different CNT assemblies to enhance resin compatibility.
-- Use of embedded CNT web for structural
health monitoring.
-- Thermoplastic joining.
-- Improving lightning strike protection on composite aircraft.
-- Improving fracture toughness of epoxy resins.
-- Exploiting thin-ply carbon fibre technology
for next generation composite structures.
-- Cellulose nanocrystals in glass fibre/epoxy to
improve mechanical and barrier properties.
-- Measurement of inter/intralaminar fracture
toughness at different strain rates.
-- Thermoplastic overmoulding.
-- Composite sandwich structures with auxetic
cores for blast mitigation.
-- Self-healing polymers.
-- Composite repair.
-- Self-reinforced composites and their hybrids
for automotive structures.
-- Novel polymers and nanocomposites for biomedical applications.
The ACRG has a track record of publishing
world-leading papers in the top composites
journals and delivering impact to industry.


https://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/acrg/

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019

Cover
Edito
Moving composites forward: on the shoulders of giant
Contents
NEWS
In brief
Successful partners
Agenda
BUSINESS
Matrix - CFRP composite manufacturing trends
Cost - A brand-new approach for economically competitive composites
MANUFACTURING
Fibre placement - Replacing individual unit tests by integrated process control
NDT - Optical metrology improves the production of composite products at every step
Initiative - Spotlights from the world of lightweighting
FEATURE SPORTS & LEISURE - The largest testing ground
Success story - DPS designs the world’s most advanced skis
Carbon - New type of unidirectional prepreg for sport applications with complex shapes
Additive manufacturing - lnnovative composite bicycle frame
Textile - Porcher lndustries: excellence in sports and leisure
Innovations - Sports on the scene at JEC World 2019
Carbon - The next generation of high-performance rigging
Standardisation - Research, innovation and development for composite marine and offshore applications
SOLUTIONS
Infrastructure - Can carbon-reinforced concrete replace steel in the long run?
Art - “Train your brain, think disruptive, outside the box and follow your visions!”
Music - Music instruments from carbon, glass or flax fibres
Watch - A watch ahead of its time
In the world - Composites visit the doctor
TECHNOLOGY
Ageing - Effects of ageing on the mechanical and structural properties of glass/epoxy composite pipes in seawater
Inside the lab - Advanced Composites Research Group – Queen’s University Belfast
Index
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Edito
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Moving composites forward: on the shoulders of giant
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Contents
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - In brief
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Successful partners
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Agenda
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Matrix - CFRP composite manufacturing trends
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 14
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Cost - A brand-new approach for economically competitive composites
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Fibre placement - Replacing individual unit tests by integrated process control
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - NDT - Optical metrology improves the production of composite products at every step
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Initiative - Spotlights from the world of lightweighting
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Success story - DPS designs the world’s most advanced skis
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 28
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Carbon - New type of unidirectional prepreg for sport applications with complex shapes
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 30
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Additive manufacturing - lnnovative composite bicycle frame
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 32
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Textile - Porcher lndustries: excellence in sports and leisure
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 34
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 35
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Innovations - Sports on the scene at JEC World 2019
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 37
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Carbon - The next generation of high-performance rigging
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 39
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Standardisation - Research, innovation and development for composite marine and offshore applications
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 41
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 42
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Infrastructure - Can carbon-reinforced concrete replace steel in the long run?
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 44
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 45
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 46
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Art - “Train your brain, think disruptive, outside the box and follow your visions!”
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 48
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Music - Music instruments from carbon, glass or flax fibres
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 50
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 51
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Watch - A watch ahead of its time
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 53
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - In the world - Composites visit the doctor
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 55
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Ageing - Effects of ageing on the mechanical and structural properties of glass/epoxy composite pipes in seawater
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Inside the lab - Advanced Composites Research Group – Queen’s University Belfast
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