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Novel Applications for Composite Materials

Webinars 03 November 2021

Novel Applications for Composite Materials

Composite materials are still relatively new compared to their traditional metals counterparts, and there is there is a lack of public domain information, not only regarding constituent material properties, but also to joints, which can make it difficult for industry to have confidence in, and truly exploit, the benefits of, composite materials.

As composites are being sought for use in increasingly challenging applications, such as the hydrogen storage economy, it is important that the performance of materials and joints is understood in order to deliver reliable and safe solutions.


Dr Chris Worrall - Consultant – Polymer Composite Technologies

Dr Chris Worrall

Consultant – Polymer Composite Technologies

Chris is responsible for delivering composites joining, manufacture, processing and testing services to TWI’s Members and through public funded projects. He has spent 10 years in Japan working in the automotive, aerospace, renewable energy and rail transport industries. Before leaving the UK, he worked in a research laboratory on the processing of novel thermoplastic composite materials, improving the toughness of composites, and developing test methods for composite materials.

His 35 years of composites expertise covers; mechanical testing of composite materials (including impact, fracture and toughness), composite-metal joining, thermoplastic composite welding, microstructure characterisation, finite element analysis (FEA), design, and manufacturing technology for composite materials.

Chris was a participating member of ESIS TC4 and worked on the development of the protocol for Mode I DCB ISO standard between 1994 and 1999.Chris holds a PhD in the field of impact of composite sandwich structures in addition to a BSc in metallurgy and materials science. Chris was the lead author of the Composites UK’s ‘Good Practice Guide to composite joining’ publication, and was part of the SurFlow™ team at TWI that recently won a Composites Association Innovation award.

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