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."
Attwater has invested £100,000 in two new CNC machines.
Sharp & Tappin has installed and commissioned one of its Compcut 200 advanced composite saws at SHD Composites in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, UK.
EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub is inviting applications for up to two postdoctoral Innovation Fellowships, which will be for a period of up to two years and is aimed at early stage researchers looking to take the first step towards an independent research career.