06 October 2015
06 October 2015
Haydale has recently been awarded a number of research grants, totalling over £450,000.
The projects relating to each grant are expected to run for a period of between 18 to 24 months and include:
A consulting assignment to review and advise on the transfer of aerospace led materials research into non-aerospace applications. This has been awarded as part of the Dual-Use Technology Exploitation (DUTE) Innovation Cluster.
Commenting on the grant awards, Ray Gibbs, Haydale Chief Executive said, "The support of government is vital in accelerating the commercialisation of graphene based composite products and through our unique plasma treatment functionalisation process we will be at the forefront of developing and commercialising a whole new range of graphene enhanced composite materials. The awards also enable us to engage directly with prime OEM's in the significant aerospace, automotive, rail and marine markets as well as enabling us to expand our technical team and capabilities in this area."
Gerry Boyce, Managing Director of subsidiary Haydale Composite Solutions added, "We have a well-defined product development strategy and are committed to developing graphene enhanced polymer and polymer composite products in targeted markets including Aerospace, Automotive, Rail and Marine. Being awarded these research contracts underpins this strategy. The ability to radically improve the mechanical, electrical and thermal characteristics of polymers, resins, coatings and adhesives through the incorporation of functionalised graphene is probably one of the most step changing and exciting enabling technologies for a generation and could lead to a whole range of new materials."
One of the most respected and successful names in motorsport is working with lightweighting and materials researchers at the AMRC to advance its processes for manufacturing recyclable composite components that extend useful lifetimes and reduce tooling costs.
Shape Machining is today launching the Shape FastForm process developed specifically to drastically reduce the time it takes to manufacture thermoplastic carbon composite parts.
The National Composites Centre (NCC) is currently supporting Surface Generation (Rutland, UK) in the application of their PtFS technology with a thermoplastic composites injection overmoulding process.