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."
Project 12 has collaborated with Total Composite Solutions (TCS), the UK partner of Microtex, on automotive OEM projects for bespoke carbon parts.
Haydale has supplied graphene enhanced prepreg for Juno, a 3 m wide composite-skinned unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which was revealed during Futures Day at the 2018 Farnborough Air Show.
Rhodes Interform has recently completed the installation and testing of a composite forming facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), University of Sheffield, UK.