Centre for Advanced Composite Materials

Composite performance

Advanced composites and manufacturing technologies are put to use in real-life products. Research at the Centre involves testing both theoretical and physical constructs for performance under real-world conditions.

Research areas

Failure prediction for stress concentrations

  • Localised loads associated with inserts, fittings and joints/transitions
  • Develop and validate analysis methods that account for uncertainty


Performance of complex sandwich structures

  • Boat hulls, decks and aircraft components
  • Improve accuracy and efficiency of design
  • Effect of curvature on performance of panels
  • Dynamic loading from crash and water impact
  • Strength and fatigue of foam cores
  • Material deformation and failure


Product design and applications

  • Marine, aeronautical, sporting, energy applications
  • Synthetic and biocomposite materials