Research and Development
ACMC undertakes a wide variety of R&D work using a number of funding sources. Some long-term projects are funded by research councils, UK government or EU sources, while other work is carried out for individual industry clients on a short or medium-term basis.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships have been a significant part of our work for many years - these schemes provide financial support for in-company development projects - click here for more information...
Our work includes:
Extensive materials and component testing can be incorporated into your programme of work. This has been a critical element of recent contracts with ACMC. Click here for a list of the facilities available.
Current and recent projects:
Long-term performance of polymer composite structures in wave energy devices
Characterisation of jute natural fibres as reinforcements for composites
Manufacture and Performance of Wind Turbine Blades
Life Ctycle Assessment (LCA) of Natural Fibre Reinforcements
Production of Off-Axis Thermoplastic Composite Prepreg
Characterisation of Glass Preforms for RTM
Process design and optimisation for NEG Micon Rotors (now Vestas Blades (UK)). ACMC has worked closely with the company in the process design and optimisation of a novel resin infusion technique which leads to considerable reductions in production time for very large (40-60 m) blades. - more...
Low cost composite structures for aerospace - with GKN Westland - more...
Novel speed of sound sensor for Valeport, using carbon/epoxy pultrusions - more...
Developments in CAD and manufacture for boat building - more...
Manufacture of innovative rowing catamaran. Resin infusion was used to produce twin glass/epoxy hulls. Each hull was manufactured in two halves, then bonded with internal bulkheads.
Carbon/epoxy bike frame. For several years, ACMC worked in close partership with Metron, suppliers of composite frames to international sprint cycling teams at World Championship and Olympic level. Manufacturing processes developed from foam core/prepreg/vacuum bag to hollow matched mould.
Carbon-epoxy kneebrace for Smith & Nephew. The product was originally vacuum-bag/autoclave moulded from prepreg, and required considerable hand finishing in addition to a lengthy cure cycle. ACMC demonstrated considerable savings for the client through an RTM prototype, using a foam core and a braided carbon reinforcement in a novel adjustable tool.
Lightweight composite chassis, manufactured from 'cut and fold' honeycomb sandwich panel. The project demonstrated significant cost and performance benefits for low volume production. A paper on its design and construction was presented at at ISATA 1997 - download a copy in pdf format.