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University of Nottingham Composites Researchers Receive Awards

06 April 2006

The Polymer Composites group at the University of Nottingham has received two prestigious awards from the UK Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3).

Professor Andrew Long has been awarded the 2006 Rosenhain Medal by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. First awarded in 1951, this annual prize is for distinguished achievement in materials science, and recognises Prof Long’s achievements in manufacture and performance of polymer composites. Over the last 12 years he has led a number of projects on modelling of composites processing and performance, specialising initially in simulation of composites forming, resin infusion and process-property interactions.

He now leads a world-class team of 12 researchers working on design and modelling of textile composites and technical textiles, with around £2million funding from government and industry. Activity here continues to grow, with recent awards EPSRC and DTI on modelling and development of 3D reinforcements, in partnership with several leading companies including Rolls Royce, Dowty Propellers and BAE Systems.

Research Fellow Dr Tom Turner was awarded the IoM3 Rowbotham Medal for outstanding contribution to the development of materials for automotive applications. This new award commemorates the career of the late E M Rowbotham, formerly of Ford Motor Company. Rowbotham initiated a strong research partnership between Ford and Nottingham, leading to ground-breaking research on economic manufacture of composites by Resin Transfer Moulding. Rowbotham was later appointed a Special Professor at Nottingham, so it is fitting that the first award in his honour should be made to a Nottingham researcher.

Under the supervision of Dr Nick Warrior, Dr Turner has made a considerable contribution to materials and manufacturing research around the topic of lightweight body structures. In particular his work on automated, net-shape preform manufacture using discontinuous carbon fibre has helped to develop a unique facility, attracting interest across the automotive and aerospace sectors.





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