The Advanced Composites Manufacturing Centre (ACMC) is a leading composites R&D facility at the University of Plymouth.
Based in the School of Marine Science and Engineering (SMSE), ACMC is active in a wide range of projects, and aims to bridge the traditional gap between academic R&D and the needs of industry.
ACMC formally opened in 1987, although the University of Plymouth has been involved with composites R&D since the early 1970s.
Since then, we have worked closely with companies in all areas of polymer composites engineering, enabling them to benefit from our research, contacts and experience.
We have many years experience in running short courses and workshops in composites design and manufacture, and we have worked with large and small companies in all sectors of the composites industry in implementing new technology, improving processes, testing materials and components and solving manufacturing and materials problems.
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Two conference papers now published in open access journal (10 October 2017)
- A Hart and J Summerscales, Effect of time at temperature for natural fibres, Procedia Engineering, 2017, 200, 269-275. ISSN: 1877-7058. ScienceDirect.
- A Hernandez Michelena, J Graham-Jones, J Summerscales and W Hall, Silane modification of the flax/epoxy system interface, Procedia Engineering, 2017, 200, 448-456. ISSN: 1877-7058. ScienceDirect.
Two Knowledge Transfer Partnerships awarded (29 September 2017)
Richard Pemberton and Roberto Fraquelli have been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Red Paddle.
John Summerscales and Richard Cullen have been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Alan Harper Composites Limited.
Further information will be released when the recruitment details have been finalised.
Stephen Grove (27 September 2017)
Dr Stephen Grove has today retired from his full-time post as Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer), after over thirty years at the university. We wish him well in his retirement, although he will return as a (part-time) Associate Lecturer.
Degree Apprenticeships (13 September 2017)specifically designed to help upskill current workforce, with an aim to integrate academic learning at undergraduate degree level with practical application in the workplace. To talk to someone about our Degree Apprenticeship offerings, please ask them to get in touch with the Enterprise Solutions Service or call 0800 052 5600.
The University of Plymouth now offers two Degree Apprenticeships:
Welcome (01 September 2017)
Dr Sung-Hwan Jang has joined the team as Lecturer in Civil Engineering. He was formerly with Delft University of Technology.
Richard Pitwon PhD (23 August 2017)
Richard Pitwon's PhD thesis is now available on the Plymouth Electronic Archive and Research Library (PEARL): Pluggable optical connector interfaces for electro-optical circuit boards. The research was supervised by
Jasper Graham-Jones, Alistair Cree and John Summerscales.
Promotion (01 August 2017)
John Summerscales is now Professor of Composites Engineering.
The Vlad Zamoroskii MPhil thesis is now available on PEARL (26 May 2017):
Vlad Zamoroskii's MPhil thesis is now available on the Plymouth Electronic Archive and Research Library (PEARL): Composite materials filled with ferromagnetic microwire inclusions demonstrating microwave response to temperature and tensile stress. The research was supervised by John Summerscales, Dmitriy Makhnovskiy (SoCM) and Mansel Davies (SoCM).
Welcome (11 April 2017)
Ewen Le Roux and Yves Henry from The University of Western Brittany (Université de Bretagne Occidentale, UBO Brest) have joined the team for a two month internship hosted by Richard Cullen and Richard Pemberton.
Richard Pitwon PhD (31 March 2017)
Richard Pitwon had his viva voce examination today for a PhD with the title "Pluggable optical connector interfaces for electro-optical circuit boards". The outcome was Pass subject to minor corrections. Congratulations!
Vlad Zamoroskii MPhil (29 March 2017):
Graduate School have confirmed that Vlad Zamoroskii may now be awarded Master of Philosophy, subject to depositing the final version of the e-thesis on PEARL. The thesis title is “Composite materials filled with ferromagnetic microwire inclusions demonstrating microwave response to temperature and tensile stress”. The research was supervised by John Summerscales, Dmitriy Makhnovskiy (SoCM) and Mansel Davies (SoCM).
Career opportunity (22 March 2017)
The School of Engineering at Plymouth University is currently advertising for a Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor in Mechanical Engineering. For more information see Current Plymouth University vacancies with job reference A5289. The closing date for applications is 13 April 2017.
Welcome (20 March 2017)
Guillaume Kerhino from The University of Southern Brittany (Université de Bretagne Sud ~ Lorient) has joined the team for a ten week intership hosted by John Summerscales.
Pedagogic Research and Teaching Innovation (PRTI) project (18 March 2017)
Asiya Khan, Richard Pemberton and Priska Schoenborn have been awarded £6500 for a project to study “Delivering Impact via Student Research: Sharing Best Practice”.
Keynote speech (17 March 2017)
John Summerscales has been invited to present a Keynote Speech, Allocation in the life cycle assessment (LCA) of flax fibres for the reinforcement of composites, at the 6th International Conference on Innovative Natural Fibre Composites for Industrial Applications (ICINFCIA) in Rome during 05-06 October 2017.
Keynote lecture (16 March 2017)
John Summerscales has been invited to present a Keynote Lecture at the Sixth International Conference on Recent Advances in Composite Materials (ICRACM-2019) in Varanasi - India during 25-28 February 2019. The conference will celebrate the Centenary Year of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and of the Indian Institute of Technology/Banaras Hindu University at Varanasi.
ICCM21 Track 6.2 Processing-manufacturing Techniques (13 January 2017)
Byung Chul Kim (Bristol ACCIS), Gangadhara Prusty (UNSW) and John Summerscales will lead the above Track at the 21st International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM21) to be held in Xi'an (China) during 20-25 August 2017. Papers are invited which address appropriate issues. The final extended deadline for submission of abstracts is Wednesday 15 February 2017.
MPhil congratulations (07 December 2016)
Vlad Zamorovskii had his viva voce examination today for a self-funded MPhil with the title Composite materials filled with ferromagnetic microwire inclusions demonstrating microwave response to temperature and tensile stress. The outcome was Pass subject to minor corrections. Congratulations!
EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Hub (07 December 2016)
Congratulations to the University of Nottingham and their partners on securing £10.3m of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funding for new research to explore and improve pioneering composite manufacturing techniques. NetComposites news item.
Academy for Skills and Knowledge (ASK) (07 December 2016)
BAE Systems has opened a new £15.6M aerospace skills and training academy at Samlesbury. Lucintel news item.
PhD completion (10 November 2016)
Mahdi Al-Farttoosi had his viva voce examination on 26 November 2015 for a PhD thesis entitled Impact behaviour of reinforced concrete beams strengthened or repaired with carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP). The thesis abstract is now available on PEARL (thesis embargoed for 12 months). Congratulations on the completion!
ICCM21 Track 6.2 Processing-manufacturing Techniques (04 November 2016)
John Summerscales (and others to be confirmed) will lead the above Track at the 21st International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM21) to be held in Xi'an (China) during 20-25 August 2017. Papers are invited which address appropriate issues. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Wednesday 30 November 2016. (24-Nov-2016: deadline for abstracts extended to 15 January 2017).
Three final year student composites projects published in
Plymouth Student Scientist, 2016, 9(2) (01 November 2016)
Congratulations! (October 2016)
Paul Mackenzie (a 1992 Plymouth BEng (honours) Composites Engineering graduate) has joined Princess Yachts International plc as Director of Product Development.
Welcome (03 October 2016)
Alex Besinis has joined the university as Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and a member of the ACMC.
New publication with Australian collaborators (03 October 2016)
JS is co-supervisor of Hossein Khanlou, a research degree candidate at Griffith University. A Technical Note: On modelling thermo-chemical degradation of poly(lactic acid) arising from the research has just been published in Polymer Degradation and Stability. The link offers free access to the article until 21 November 2016.
Awards Ceremony (21 September 2016)
1 MEng, and 8 BEng (honours) Mechanical Engineering with Composites and 29 BSc (honours) Marine and Composites Technology graduates received their respective degrees today.
World Human-Powered Speed Challenge (17 September 2016)
Sarah Peircy powered the Plymouth University hand cycle to a new IHPVA women's hand-powered cycle world speed record of 39.99 kph (24.85 mph) at Battle Mountain on Friday morning. The second run, at 24.83 mph, was also faster than the previous record. Project Nevada, led by Adam Kyte, incorporated a composite structural component designed, manufactured and confirmed viable by BEng/MEng honours students on the MATS348 Composites Engineering module. The students will graduate at the Awards Ceremony this coming Wednesday.
BBC Devon Plymouth Herald WHPSC results table.
Career opportunity (12 July 2016)
The School of Marine Science and Engineering at Plymouth University is currently advertising for a Lecturer/Associate Professor/Reader in "advanced materials engineering". For more information see Current Plymouth University vacancies with job reference A4930. The closing date for applications was 09 August 2016.
FPCM proceedings (12 July 2016)
The papers presented at the 13th International Conference on Flow Processes in Composite Materials (FPCM-13, Kyoto Institute of Technology - Japan, 6-9 July 2016) are now available online. Two ACMC papers on cost reduction in autoclave processing were presented: heated tooling and cool air pressurisation and curing resin infused composites.
PhD completion (27 May 2016)
Rzgar Abdalrahman had his viva voce examination on 14 December 2015 for a PhD thesis entitled Design and analysis of integrally-heated tooling for polymer composites. The thesis is now available on PEARL. Congratulations on the completion!
PhD examination (16 May 2016)
Maozhou (Leo) Meng had his viva voce examination today for a PhD thesis entitled Fatigue failure of fibre reinforced plastics for marine environmentand has passed subject to minor corrections to the thesis. The examination was held just 31.5 months after commencing the research.
Thesis now out of commercial confidentiality period (22 April 2016)
Robert Blackburn's MPhil thesis, The manufacture and testing of perforated composite acoustic panels, being a summary of the work he undertook in the GKN Aerospace KTP project (TCS3067, 2000-2003), is now available via the Plymouth Electronic Archive and Research library (PEARL).
Citation classic ! (29 January 2016)
The compressibility of a reinforcement fabric based on the undergradaute project by Neil Pearce and published in Composites Manufacturing, 1995, 6(1), 15-21 is today showing as cited by 100 on Google Scholar. ScienceDirect indicates 72 citations.
PhD completion (06 January 2016)
Amjed Saleh Mahmood had his viva voce examination on Friday 27 November 2015 for a PhD thesis entitled Processing-performance relationships for fibre reinforced composites. The thesis is now available on PEARL. Congratulations on the completion!
Marine Composites book published (30 September 2015)
Elsevier have today announced the publication of the Marine Composites book. The pre-publication offer (see below) will remain open for just a few days! ScienceDirect Kindle via Amazon
British Composites Society (BCS) Group on LinkedIn (21 August 2015)
This LinkedIn Group is primarily about the individual people within the composites industry, and especially opportunities for continuing professional development, career progression and recognition. If you would like to join, then please go to the BCS Group webpage where there should be a black-on-yellow Join button at top left of the page
New Marine Composites book (July 2015)
Jasper Graham-Jones and John Summerscales have edited a 14-chapter book on Marine Applications of Advanced Fibre-Reinforced Composites. The book will be published by Elsevier in October 2015.
Welcome (02 February 2015)
Benjamin Salas and Rachel Moreau from the Département Science et Génie des Matériaux at the IUT de Bordeaux have joined the team for a three month internships hosted by Stephen Grove.
Welcome (01 February 2015)
Richard Pemberton has joined the university as Lecturer in Mechanical and Marine Engineering Design and a member of the ACMC.