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MASCoTS Project Update

Tue, 26 April, 2022

TWI has successfully performed large-scale bend test applying 3D Digital Image Correlation (DIC).

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

TWI’s advanced composites and adhesives section is managing the testing activities and applying 3D digital image correlation (DIC) to two components that are used to validate the benefits of the composite tow shearing technology.

The bend test on a typical wingbox structure has been successfully performed and 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.

A video describing the wingbox test can be seen below:


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 utilises fibre steering for 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.


The MASCoTS project has received funding from Innovate UK under No 113298.

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