UWE Bristol academic wins grant to conduct research on “Predicting Forming and Failure of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics Sheet Molding Compound”

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Fig. Modelling of CFRTP-SMC materials

UWE Bristol academic Dr Xiaodong Xu has had a successful grant application from the Royal Society to conduct research on “Predicting Forming and Failure of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics Sheet Molding Compound”. His successful grant is part of 5 successful bids between the UK and Japan in the Royal Society International Exchanges 2021 Cost Share (JSPS) scheme.

The project will run from March 2022 till March 2024. This project will foster a new collaboration with the prestigious University of Tokyo. Within the 2 years, Dr Xiaodong Xu will visit Professor Jun Takahashi, The University of Tokyo at his lab to conduct experiments and discuss modelling progress. Professor Jun Takahashi’s team will visit the UK during the 20th European Conference on Composite Materials (ECCM20) and the 23rd International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM23).

There has been exponential growth in composite materials used in the automotive and aerospace sectors. The need for recycling of composites has also become urgent in order to achieve a sustainable society. Carbon Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics Sheet Molding Compounds (CFRTP-SMC) have both excellent properties and can be recycled. Hence, they have great potential in the automotive industry.

As part of the project, Dr Xiaodong Xu aims to extend the fundamental understanding of CFRTP-SMC materials in collaboration with the world leading Takahashi lab. The proposed joint project for the light-weight sustainable CFRTP-SMC materials will contribute significantly to the composites research communities in Japan and the UK, and the outputs can be applied in the automotive sectors in both countries.

We look forward to sharing more on this project as it develops.

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