TWI has acquired an enhanced composites manufacturing and testing capability as part of a UK funded collaborative project. A new thermoplastic composites press (Fontijne Grotnes the LabPro 600) will significantly improve TWI’s ability to manufacture 600mm x 600mm thermoplastic and thermoset composites. A suite of new composites test fixtures has also increased TWI’s structural integrity capability.
TWI is part of a 15-partner cluster, led by Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group and supported by Axillium Research, which includes SMEs, Mid-Tier and Primes from industry working alongside academic institutions. This new £10 million jointly-funded project between government and industry will back the best new technologies and research that can have a “dual-use” in defence and civil sector businesses.
The Dual Use Technology Exploitation (DUTE) cluster will help boost growth by linking UK manufacturers, particularly SMEs, from the civil and defence sectors to draw on the best technologies of both to deliver game-changing solutions for customers.
The project is split into four ‘use cases’ investigating different approaches to the dual use theme: ACCSE, DUALMAT-EVOS, KESTREL II and LightArmour.