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The project will create a ''Materials, Process Selection and Design for Manufacture Guideline Tool'' to assist with the design and development of new composite component applications.
PROSEL, one of the 15 projects within the Composites Innovation Cluster funded by the Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI), aims to develop a software tool for composite component design and manufacturing, which provides recommendation of materials and process selection, as well as design and manufacturing guidelines, depending on product application and requirement specifications.It will create a ‘Materials, Process Selection and Design for Manufacture Guideline Tool’ to assist with the design and development of new composite component applications.Currently in the UK composites industry, there is a vast array of both well-established and emerging materials forms and process techniques for the manufacture of advanced composite components, but outside niche sectors there is insufficient understanding of their applicability and limitations for component shape and affordable manufacturing.Project partners Cranfield University (Lead), Axillium Research and the National Composites Centre (NCC) have completed compiling the first stage of information needed for the knowledge base. This information is currently being authenticated through discussions with UK supplier and designer specialists. The collated knowledge is also being built into a software tool to guide the selection of materials and process technology with manufacture guidelines.The NCC will be contributing information on capability of the UK high-performance composites supplier community.More information:www.the-cic.org.uk