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    £6.9m Grant to the Study Led by University of Southampton to Design Future Composite Aero Structures

    Mon 21, Jan 2019

    Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded a funding of £6.9m to the study led by the University of Southampton to address significant barriers in the design and manufacture of future composite aero structures.

    The project involves the University of Bristol, University of Bath and the University of Exeter, as well as industry partners in its effort to enable more structurally efficient and lightweight airframes that are essential for meeting future fuel and cost efficiency challenges, to maintain and enhance the UK’s international position in the aerospace industry.

    According to the news, maximizing advanced composite aero structures is restricted by current test, simulation and certification approaches. The programme grant, titled ‘Certification for Design: Reshaping the Testing Pyramid (CerTest)’ seeks to break this impasse by addressing the challenges that are preventing step-changes in future engineering design by reshaping the so-called ‘testing pyramid’, which is the backbone of current validation and certification processes.

    The research into composite aircraft structures will look to shape the future of aviation, by driving reduced weight, cost and time for development and testing, through integration of virtual testing and advanced data-rich experimentation of aero structure components and substructures.

    Ole Thomsen, professor of structures and materials at the University of Southampton, said: “This funding is essential to enable continued growth of the UK aerospace industry and take economic benefits from the opportunities inherent in the move towards more sustainable aviation, as it fills a knowledge gap, where there is no equivalent capability in the UK or internationally.

    “Using world class expertise, this programme grant from EPSRC will enhance the UK position in the technical revolution that embraces new materials and processes, by addressing an urgent need in aero structures design.”

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    Image Source: Airbus

    News Source: University of Southampton