NCC News




Monday, September 15, 2014 - 13:26

Mattia Di Francesco, Research Engineer at the National Composite Centre, joined the SAMPE SETEC 14 Tampere Conference & Table Top Exhibition at the Vapriikki Museum Center in Tampere (Finland) on 10th and 11th September.

The conference was set up around more than 35 papers and included a mix of both industrial and academic subjects. The presentations were complemented by two company visits to local Cargotec and Patria Aerostructures.

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 07:56

The Technology Strategy Board has today announced the opening of a new automotive competition: Adapting cutting-edge technologies. The competition has in scope both lightweight vehicles and power train structures.

Investment of up to £7m is available for collaborative R&D projects that encourage technologies for road-vehicles that will deliver singnificant reductions in CO2 emissions. The competition is open for applicants to register from today until midday on 22nd October 2014, with the application deadline set at midday on 29th October 2014.

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 12:11

On Wednesday 10th September and Thursday 11th September 2014, Mattia di Francesco, Research Engineer at the National Composites Centre, will be attending the SAMPE (Society for the advancement of Material and Process Engineering) Europe Technical Conference and Table-Top Exhibition in Tampere, Finland.

This year, the event theme is Efficient Composite Solutions to Foster Economic Growth. Companies from across the globe will gather to hear sessions on thermoplastics, new materials, design, characterisation, processing and hybrids and nanocomposites.

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 11:10

The NCC is absolutely delighted to have been able to contribute towards B9's success in becoming a finalist for the One to Watch at the inaugural Ship Efficiency Awards 2014.

The Ship Efficiency Awards 2014 will be hosted by Lloyd’s Register and take place on 2nd October in London, straight after Ship Efficiency: The Event 2014, held in association with Inmarsat.
B9 Shipping was selected from an international pool of nominees to become one of the six finalists for the One To Watch award.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 15:00

On Monday 15th September and Tuesday 16th September, the University of Bristol would like to welcome guests to the fourth international symposium on Nanoscience, organised by the Bristol Centre for Nanoscience & Quantum Information Centre. The symposium will bring together the international scientific community - from students to senior academics - to discuss new and exciting advances in the field of nanoscience.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 14:56

The 7th Annual ACCIS Conference will be held on Friday 19th September 2014 in the Queen's Building at the University of Bristol. We are pleased to invite our industrial and academic colleagues and collaborators to join and discover the range of composites research and teaching activities currently ongoing within the Centre. The event will showcase work from across ACCIS, with contributions from ACCIS academic staff, as well as Postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.

Attendance is free of charge and will remain open until midnight on Monday 15th September 2014.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 11:54

We, at the NCC, are proud to say that we have completed the Ice Bucket Challenge. Thanks to NetComposites for our nomination! To see the video, click here.

Cash donations so far have raised over £200 for two very worthwhile causes.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 09:53

The NCC were delighted to feature in the Knowledge Centre Materials Chemistry Newsletter last month.

Composites - an exciting growth industry

"The composites industry is enjoying rapid growth, driven by the functionality and light weight properties of composite materials, and has a current global compound annual growth of ca7.5%. The UK has been a major player in the development and application of composites across many industry sectors and has had a strong track record in aerospace and automotive components since the 1930s.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 09:45

On Tuesday 16th September 2014, the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS) will be hosting Dominic LeBlanc from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University in Quebec, Canada.

Dominic LeBlanc will be delivering a seminar on Compression Moulding of Complex Parts Using Randomly-Oriented-Strand Thermoplastic Composites.

More information can be found in the downloadable abstract below.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 09:18

The NCC is interested in receiving any pre-meeting responses (by midday Monday 8th September) for the upcoming Smart, Hybrid and Multiple Materials Funding Scoping Workshop (arranged by TSB) that Dr. Kalyan Hazra will be attending next week.

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