Advanced Polymer and Composites (APC) Research Group

Research Projects

Research and consultancy projects include:

  • Characterisation and Testing of Different Adhesive Systems for Joining Fixings and Fixtures in Next Generation Aircraft Carrier
  • Electrically Conductive Composites for Bi-polar Plates in Fuel Cell
  • Development of Water and Moisture Repellent Coating for Building Bricks
  • Stiffness and Impact Toughness Evaluation of Light Aircraft Undercarriage Leg
  • Finite Element Analysis of Splice Box and Stiffness Measurement of Rotor Blade of Light Aircraft
  • Impact Resistance and Structural Integrity Assessment for Carbon Fibre Composites Windscreen Frames
  • Impact Resistance and Structural Integrity Assessment for Composites Bicycle Forks 
  • Impact Resistance and Post Impact Stiffness Test of Sandwich Panels for Marine Applications
  • Design Verification of a Racing Yacht Hull Using Finite Element Analysis
  • Stiffness Evaluation of Carbon Fibre Composites Fishing Rods
  • Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) on the World’s Largest Yacht "Mirabella" Using Electronic Shearography (ES) and Electronic Speckle Pattern Interferometry (ESPI)
  • Clustering and Networking of Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Polymer Composites
  • Structural Integrity Evaluation of Polymer Composite
  • Nano indentation and scratching test of Novel Nanocomposites
  • Development and Evaluation of Novel Carbon Fibre Reinforced Epoxy Composites for Marine and Sports Industry
  • Development, Characterisation and Evaluation of Novel Nano Gel Coat Systems with Improved Anti-fouling and Anti-blistering Properties
  • Evaluation of Impact Toughness and Post Structural Integrity of Sandwich Panels for Marine Industry
  • Design and Rapid Prototyping of Innovative High Technology Engineering Block System
  • Development and Characterisation of Novel Nano/Epoxy Composites
  • Development, Characterisation and Testing of Unsaturated Polyester Nanocomposites
  • Fabrication and Evaluation of Novel Thermoplastic Composites (Glass Fibre /Polypropylene Twintex)
  • Chemical Modification of Montmorillonite as Nano Scale Reinforcements in Polymer Matrix Composites
  • Determination and Analysis of Thermal Characteristics of Thermoplastic and Thermoset Polymers
  • Investigation into Change in Adhesive Mechanical Characteristics with Thermal Cycling SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals
  • Investigation into Roof Tile Polymer Coating Degradation for LaFarge Roofing Technical Centres Ltd Using Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Nano-indentation and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Microstructure Observation and Element Analysis of Contaminated Switches for ITW Switches Using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS)
  • Examination of Failed Elastomer Sealants for Gravatom Engineering Systems Ltd Using Differential Scanning Thermal Analysis, Nano-indentation and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Study on Aluminised Fibre Reinforced Unsaturated Polyester Composites
  • Impact Toughness Evaluation of Glass Fibre Reinforced Unsaturated Polyester Composites Using Instrumented Falling Weigh Impact Tester
  • Packing Plastic Bag Performance and Failure Analysis
  • Development of Online Learning and Training Module of Advanced Polymer Composites on Internet Platform

Project Funding Organisations/Partners/Clients

  • BBSRC
  • TSB
  • DTI
  • SEEDA
  • VT Shipbuilding
  • Thales
  • Safeguard Europe
  • TWI
  • PERA
  • Guit (SP Systems)
  • Xyratex
  • ACG
  • Gravaton Rubber
  • LaFarge Coating
  • Bac2 Conductive Composites
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Pall Europe
  • ENL
  • Material Technology Ltd
  • Card Substrate Ltd
  • McMurdo
  • Univar
  • Halyard
  • NUI Galway

PhD Projects:

  • Athanasios Tsovolos: Aging/Damage Evaluation and Repair of Polymer Composites (part-time from October 2009-September 2015);
  • James MacMullen: Development and Characterisation of Nano-particle /Polymer Coating Systems for Materials Performance Enhancement and Protection (from September 2009 to September 2011);
  • Mr Martin Jin: Low and High Speed Impact Behaviour of Hybrid Composites (from September 2006 to June 2009, PhD awarded);
  • Mr Jie Ma: Heterogeneous Nucleation on Convex and Concave Spherical Surfaces (from September 2006 Janaury 2009, PhD awarded);
  • Mr Seng Chai SEE: Development, Characterisation and Evaluation of Novel Nanocomposite Material for Marine Applications (from January 2005to December 2007. PhD awarded);
  • Mr Osama Ali Zorgani Errajhi: Mechanical and Physical Properties of Aluminised E-glass Fibre Reinforced Unsaturated Polyester Composites (from February 2002 to May 2005, PhD awarded);
  • Mr Hom Nath Dhakal: Study onNatural Fibre/Nanoclay Reinforced Unsaturated Polyester Composites ( from October 2002 to September 2005, PhD awarded);
  • Mr Salah Alkahtani: Effects of Hemp Fibres on Mechanical Properties of Glass/Polypropylene Composites (from October 2002 to September 2005, PhD awarded);
  • Mr Luke Spandly: Development of Nanoclay/Polyamide Composites for Selective Laser Sintering (Part-time MPhil from October 2004 to October 2006. MPhil awarded);

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