Composites Group

The Composites Group is a vibrant research team with expertise focuses toward the science and engineering of polymer composite materials, with a close alignment with the UNNC’s advanced material and manufacturing research theme. The group involves in multidisciplinary projects, which include advanced polymer composite manufacturing and design, biomaterials, multifunctional advanced composites, textile modelling, 3D printing, polymer composite recycling and reuse. The group also works actively with both Nottingham New Material Institute (NMI) and Ningbo Nottingham International Academy for the Marine Economy and Technology (IAMET) in several collaborative projects to develop new composite materials and applications for aerospace, automotive, marine/shipbuilding and biomedical industries.

The group works closely with local, national and international project partners, such as AVIC Composite Corporation Ltd, Sinoma Co.,Ltd, ARKEMA(France) and Technical Fibre Products (UK). The group also provides composite materials related services for external enterprises, such as products R&D and talent training as well as potential student internships to the enterprises. The Composites Group aims to work with industry together to promote commercialization of scientific research.


Research Themes

  • Novel carbon fibre composite in aerospace functional application

  • R&D of lightweight high-strength SMC molded composites

  • Bioresorbable polymer composites for medical application

  • 3D printing of polymer composite

  • Composite recycling and reuse

  • Fire retardant composites for aviation application

  • Long fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites

  • Liquid moulding technique of thermoplastic composite molding

  • Simulation of composite performance and manufacture process




Processing and Manufacturing

  • Resin Transfer Molding (ISO-JET)
  • Polymer Injection Machine
  • Autoclave
  • Twin-screw Extruder
  • High Temperature Furnace (1200°C)
  • Ultimaker® 3D-Printer
  • RMH-F2510 Hot-Presser
  • ZG-50T Hot-Presser
  • 315 Ton Hot-Presser
  • XLB-50T Plate Vulcanization Press
  • ZK-1212 Engraving Machine
  • ZG-0.5L Internal Mixer
  • HSTS-2000 Curing Oven
  • Vacuum Oven
  • Drying Oven
  • Robotic Arm
  • FF500 Milling Machine
  • PD 250/E Lathe Machine
  The Composite Group has facilities in both Nottingham New Material Institute (NMI) and Ningbo Nottingham International Academy for the Marine Economy and Technology (IAMET). The key facilities have been listed below.

Mechanics and Analysis

  • PerkinEImer® DMA 8000 Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer
  • TA® Q20 Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • TA® Q600 Synchronous Thermal Analyzer
  • MTS® E42 Universal Testing Machine
  • MTS® E45.105 Universal Testing Machine
  • Instron® 250KN Composite Fatigue Test Machine
  • Brookfield® DV2T Viscometers
  • Ultrapyc 1200e Automatic Density Analyzer
  • Dio-Stran LEX820 Fibre Tester
  • TTech-GBT2406-1 Limited oxygen Index Tester
  • CCAR-25 Aviation Vertical Flammability Tester
  • VEKA Softening Point Tester
  • Melting Index Detector
  • Impact tester
  • C-Scan



Design and Modelling

  • Composite Structure Design
  • Predictive Modelling
  • Fabric Texture Modeling


  • Aircraft Thermoplastic Composite
  • Flame Retardant Composite
  • Bio-Composite Medical Devices
  • Light-weight automotive

Manufacturing and Processing

  • Compression Moulding
  • Liquid Moulding
  • Carbon Fibre/Glass Fibre Recycling and reusing
  • Long fibre thermoplastic
  • Polymer Modification
  • 3D Printing
  • Autoclave processing


  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Material Mechanical Properties
  • Composite Interface Performance
  • Flame Retardant Capabilities
  • Cytocompatibility




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