For research, modelling, testing and training in advanced composites
The Composites Centre (formerly known as the Centre for Composite Materials) was set up in 1983 to:
- co-ordinate and expand research activities within the College
- educate and train young engineers and scientists
- provide services to industry
The Centre is based on the expertise of eight departments in the College: Aeronautics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials, Mathematics and Physics.
Considerable success has been achieved in all of the Centre's goals. In 1983 there were 35 research projects, now there are programmes spanning the whole spectrum of composite materials. The College is unusual in having such a varied portfolio that includes polymer, metal, and ceramic matrix systems and also encompasses materials science and engineering disciplines in an integrated fashion.
A Masters (MSc) course was started in 1988; this can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis. Extensive links with industry have been formed and a wide range of tasks are regularly undertaken for large multi-national companies and smaller organisations.
The Centre also offers membership of a subscription-based Industrial Affiliates Programme. As well as obtaining direct benefits, the latter scheme affords member companies the opportunity to influence future research programmes to be undertaken by the Centre.