Work on thermoforming advanced composites and joining such parts form the core of a project at Queen’s University Belfast, UK, that investigates sustainable materials and manufacturing techniques in transport. Dr Saul Buchanan explains.
Composites that can store electrical energy while also performing a structural function could offer dramatic weight savings for devices and vehicles. Dr Emile S Greenhalgh outlines the progress of research into such materials.
Although unmanned aerial vehicles save lives, their development and manufacture can be costly. Andrew Mills, Principal Research Fellow in Composites Manufacturing, from Cranfield University, UK, proposes solutions.
Bill Broughton and Triantafillos Koukoulas from the UK’s National Physical Laboratory in Teddington highlight optical techniques for measuring nanoparticle content and dispersion in polymeric matrices.