TWI congratulates the Brunel Composites Innovation Centre (BCC) for its first EPSRC funded project: “Microwave (MW) heating through embedded slotted coaxial cables for composites manufacturing (M-Cable)”
The project will focus on novel microwave processing of composites and will propose a new way of implementing MW heating in tools, utilising slotted coaxial cables. The concept enables delivery of MW heating to many processing environments, such as autoclave, infusion, RTM and pultusion. The energy used for processing can be adjusted according to the shape/geometry and size of the part, enabling considerable energy savings over conventional heating methods, while benefiting from the high heating rates (cure cycle reduction) that can be achieved using instantaneous volumetric MW heating.
The Composite Centre is the second Innovation Centre to be established by Brunel University London in collaboration with TWI. The Centre aims to create a shared research and technology capability specialising in novel composites processing and joining technologies applied to industrial environments.
The centre director, Dr Mihalis Kazilas, who has over 15 years of industrial experience in composites processing, modelling, process monitoring and control and optimisation of composites manufacturing said: “This is an excellent opportunity for the Composites Innovation Centre” to interact with the best academic centres for composites processing in the UK”.