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Innovate UK Aerospace Competition topic: through-life aspects of aircraft composite structures

By Catherine Joce

The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) working in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Innovate UK is to invest up to £25m in collaborative research and development that supports the delivery of the priorities set out in the joint industry and Government industrial strategy for aerospace.

One of the topics in scope for this competition is through-life aspects of aircraft composite structures including:

  • concepts for inspection, monitoring, maintenance and repair in-service of composite materials
  • recovery, reuse and recycling of composite parts
  • improved modelling for prediction of composite fracture and delamination
  • through-life residual stress modelling

To download the competition brief, including full details of other topics included in scope for this competition, click here.

Key dates

  • Competition opens 20 October 2014
  • Competition briefing 30 October 2014
  • Registration deadline 21 January 2015 noon
  • Expressions of interest (EOI) deadline 28 January 2015 noon