Exeter Composites Lab
The Exeter Composite Lab seeks to tackle several manufacturing barriers to the widespread utilisation of thermoplastic composites, for thick-section metal-replacement.
We aim to provide viable lightweight, recyclable, composite systems with important commercial implictations, as evidenced by the level and depth of industrial support and interest in this area.
Successful manufacturing routes are based on a fundamental understanding of the behaviour of materials during processing, leading to innovations in areas such as equipment functionality, a design overhaul of compression moulding tooling and post-processing operations of moulded parts.
Overcoming manufacturing barriers are not trivial, often leading to game-changing impact. This work has led to the creation of novel thermoplastic composite manufacturing concepts challenging the utility of both aluminium and thermoset resins.
We use traditional and novel techniques to develop the next generation of composite materials for AM that offer multifunctional capabilities, such as working with Graphene and Boron Nitride for various conductivity and insulating properties. Read more.
The group has a strong history of research in composite recycling and reuse, particularly of glass fibre composites, and through CALMARE is continuing to carry out work in this area including involvement with networks such as the Composites Leadership Forum to further develop opportunities for the wider industry. Read more