CIMComp aims to:
- Create innovative and co-ordinated multi-institution research base for the fundamental understanding and development of composites manufacturing processes.
- Strengthen research capability in the UK by researching next-generation composites manufacturing processes based on low cost, reduced cycle times, efficiency and sustainability.
- Focus on underpinning fundamental composites manufacturing science.
- Link to the Technology Centres (NCC, MTC, AMRC, NIACE) supported by major composites producers and users.
CIMComp is the focus for fundamental innovative composites manufacturing research in the UK, underpinning the development of next-generation composites manufacturing processes based on low cost, short cycle times, efficiency and sustainability. Operating across a number of the leading academic centres of excellence in the field, linked to the National Composites Centre (NCC) and supported by major composites producers and users, CIMComp provides a platform for developing fundamental composites manufacturing science and promoting its rapid exploitation by industry.
CIMComp, led by the University of Nottingham, delivers a co-ordinated programme of research at four of the leading universities in composites manufacturing, namely the Universities of Nottingham, Bristol, Cranfield and Manchester. The programme of research will be delivered over a period of five years through a combination of a major research programmes, comprising two themes addressing long term composites manufacturing challenges related to processing science and technology, and platform funding to employ key research staff in activities that underpin the Centre, promote innovation through feasibility studies and competitive fellowships, and disseminate and network with the UK composites manufacturing industrial and academic communities. The research themes operate across partner universities to facilitate collaboration and work to the strengths of the consortium as a whole. Additional academic and industrial partners with specific expertise relevant to the aims of the Centre will be recruited to support specific research projects.