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MASCoTS Project Testing Performed

Tue, 01 March, 2022

TWI has successfully performed compression testing applying 3D Digital Image Correlation (DIC).

Testing activities for the Manufacturing and Advanced Simulation of Composite Tow Shearing  project, also known as MASCoTS, are currently in progress.

TWI’s Advanced Composites and Adhesives section is managing the testing activities and applying 3D digital image correlation (DIC) to two components, which are used to validate the benefits of the composite tow shearing technology.

The compression test on the first component (structural panel) has been successfully performed.

We are delighted to be able to contribute to this project by applying our extensive expertise in bespoke structural testing and interpretation of the behaviour of advanced composite structures.

The MASCoTS project focuses on the development of hardware as well as design and analysis tools for the commercialisation of the innovative technology of rapid composite tow shearing developed by iCOMAT.

This patented manufacturing method uses fibre steering for the placement of carbon tapes along curved paths in order to create composite parts with minimal defects, thus ensuring their increased structural performance.

The MASCoTS consortium is composed of iCOMAT, MSC Software, Dapta and TWI.

You can see footage of the testing taking place, below:


MASCoTS is an Innovate UK funded project under reference number 113298.

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