Innovation Institute

Skills for Composite Materials

Date: 10 December 2013 : 09:30 - 15:30

The National Composites Centre (NCC) is an independent, open-access national centre that delivers world-class innovation in the design and rapid manufacture of composites and facilitates their widespread industrial exploitation. This event, held at the NCC in Bristol, will provide an excellent opportunity to hear first-hand about the design and rapid manufacture of composites. It will also offer a chance to get an insight into the sophisticated state-of-the-art manufacturing processes associated with the production of different composite materials.

In November 2009 the Government launched the UK Composites Strategy. This highlights the importance of composites to the future of UK manufacturing and the Government's plans for ensuring that the UK has the means to succeed in intensely competitive global markets. A key part of this strategy is the establishment of the National Composites Centre (NCC), which will bring together dynamic companies and enterprising academics to develop new technologies for the design and rapid manufacture of high-quality composite products. The combination of academic and business strengths will speed progress from laboratory to design to factory and into products

This Masterclass, held at the NCC in Bristol, will provide an excellent opportunity to hear and see first-hand about the design and rapid manufacture of composites.

Who is this Masterclass suitable for?

The session is ideal for:

  • Curriculum leaders in engineering, in particular material sciences; and
  • Lecturers and assessors engineering.

About The Host

The National Composites Centre (NCC) is an independent, open-access national centre that delivers world-class innovation in the design and rapid manufacture of composites and facilitates their widespread industrial exploitation.

The NCC has the following key objectives:

Provide manufacturing facilities at an industrial scale and rapid manufacturing processes capable of building prototypes to validate design concepts;

  • Be the hub of the UK's effort to develop and implement rapid composite manufacturing technologies and systems;
  • Lead the co-ordination of a strengthened network of regional centres of composites excellence;
  • Provide direction and focus for fundamental research and collaborative links with UK universities;
  • Help to develop and co-ordinate training to support the skills base necessary for applying advanced and specialist composite technologies.

What the day will look like

Presentations to include:

  • Policy background - the UK Composites Strategy, Catapult
  • The role of composites in today's engineering applications
  • Composite manufacuring processes
  • Pverview of work undertaken at the NCC

Site tour - Safety rules apply which will be brought to delegates’ attention and which NCC ask to be follow for delegates’ own benefit. Please wear suitable footwear for this. Suitable footwear is sturdy, enclosed shoes; not sandals, pumps or high heels. Photos are strictly not permitted.

Open Discussion - Key skills requirements; Skills issues and Implications for colleges and teaching & learning; Discussion on apprenticeships

BENEFITS

  • Visit a site not often open to lecturers and teachers;
  • Meet experts in training for the engineering materials industry;
  • Be updated on the latest manufacturing processes for composite materials;
  • Link to industry to learn of their skills issues;
  • Network with colleagues from other colleges; and
  • For lecturers, to return to your teaching refreshed and enthused

LOCATION

National Composites Centre (NCC),

Faraday Room,

Feynman Way Central,

Bristol & Bath Science Park,

Emersons Green,

Bristol,

BS16 7FS

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