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EPSRC Reference: EP/R016828/1
Title: Self-Tuning Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Adaptive Nanocomposite (STRAINcomp)
Principal Investigator: Yazdani Nezhad, Dr H
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Project Partners:
Munro Technology Limited Oxford Advanced Surfaces
Department: Sch of Aerospace, Transport & Manufact
Organisation: Cranfield University
Scheme: First Grant - Revised 2009
Starts: 01 December 2017 Ends: 31 January 2019 Value (£): 100,090
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation Materials Processing
Materials Synthesis & Growth
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
04 Oct 2017 Engineering Prioritisation Panel Meeting 4 October 2017 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Self-Tuning Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Adaptive Nanocomposite (STRAINcomp) will provide a state-of-the-art, swift, reversible and process-efficient material and technology in response to varying operating loads, an innovative scientific answer to the rate dependence challenge with a novel integrated material development. It proposes one small step towards a giant leap for development of smart critical structures equipped with self-regulate micro-mechanisms.

STRAINcomp is mainly aligned with the EPSRC's Engineering and Manufacturing the Future themes, in the areas of Materials engineering - composites and Manufacturing technologies which have been identified as areas to maintain by the EPSRC as well as including priority areas of Engineering Sciences, Functional Materials and Polymer Science. It is inherently multidisciplinary, and directly targets novel, innovative and disruptive technology of self-tuning high performance composite material for UK and global composites sectors. This will bring a novel material development that will put the UK position ahead of the global pioneering innovations and market.

The UK sectors including aerospace (e.g. fuselage and wing structures), renewable energy (e.g. wind and tidal turbine blades and cowlings), automotive (e.g. composite panels, chassis, bumpers), civil (e.g. bridge beams, lamp-posts, road furniture), rail (e.g. composite carriages), marine (e.g. boat hulls and masts) and high-end sports equipment markets urgently require toughening solutions. There are many established polymer composites businesses and fast growing sectors in UK (e.g. Composite Reinforcements UK, Bombardier, Cambridge Nanosystems, Hexcel, Munro Technology etc.). These companies will directly benefit from the outputs of this project.
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