Advanced composites provide unique opportunities to create structural materials with added functionality e.g. for sensing, or self-repair, and new material architectures incorporating novel fibres and nanomaterials.
Fundamental experimental studies yield understanding of physical and mechanical behaviour that provides the foundation for analysis methods to predict performance, and tools to design and manufacture optimal structures.
Composites enable integration of the traditional disciplines of materials science, mechanical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, numerical modelling and optimization to create high performance intelligent structures.
Knowledge of material microstructures and processing characteristics enables enhanced and novel approaches to be developed for manufacturing composite components.
Bristol Composites Institute was established in March 2017, building on the work of ACCIS, the Advanced Composites Collaboration for Innovation and Science. It brings together composites activities across the University of Bristol, based in the Faculty of Engineering and linking to the Science and Medical Faculties.
Our vision is to be a world-leading institute for composites research and education, combining cutting-edge fundamental science with strong industrial links for exploitation and technology transfer. ACCIS is a focus for collaboration internally, nationally and internationally.
More information is available in the ACCIS 2017 brochure.
Director, Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS)