A partnership between

University of Sheffield University of Sheffield

Facilities

The AMRC with Boeing Composite Centre hosts world-class design, manufacturing and machining facilities for all types of composite materials. The CSI Centre's state-of-the-art composites research laboratories are located at the centre's premises in the Sheffield BioIncubator, with further active access to the laboratories of the Polymer Centre, and its parent departments in the Faculty of Engineering. Please read more here about our equipment and instruments located at both sites.

The Composite Systems Innovation Centre

Synthesis
Mixing (high shear, ultrasonic), organic
chemistry, Plasma polymerisation for surface modification.

Glass formulation

Manufacturing
Autoclave, vacuum processing, liquid resin processing, hot pressing, pre-preg making.

Glass melting and drawing

Analysis
Rheometry, DMA, Microscopy

Mechanical testing, impact testing, creep testing

Thermal imaging, x-ray analysis

Full-sized testing of railway sleepers: Fatigue (280 KN) and Lateral resistance

DCS, FTIR, UV-Vis-NIR, TGA, TMA

Nanoindentation, AFM

ToF-SIMS, XPS, wetting analysis, ellipsometry

X-ray diffraction

Sorby Centre

Analysis
SEM, TEM, FEGSEM
EPMA

Polymer Centre

Synthesis
Pilot scale organic synthesis

Analytical
NMR
SAXS

 

AMRC with Boeing
Composite Centre

  • ADC robotic fibre placement system with thermoplastic tape/tow, thermoset tape and multi-tow thermoset capability, 1.2m diameter x 2.75m.
  • MF Tech robotic filament winding machine with wet/dry and prepreg capability, 1.2m diameter x 4m.
  • LBBC autoclave, 3m x 5m, 10 bar, 210°C.
  • LBBC autoclave, 1m x 2m, 20 bar, 400°C
  • Caltherm curing oven, 3m x 3m x 3m, 230°C.
  • Vötsch microwave curing facility, 1.8m x 2.2m, 450°C.
  • Isojet Combi RTM equipment.
  • CMS 5 axis machining centre.
  • Eastman NC ply cutter, 2m x 4m.
  • WardJet GCM waterjet/milling centre, 1.5m vertical x 4m cross-beam x 8m horizontal travel.
  • Mega 5 tooling capacity.
  • ISO class 8 clean room, 900 sq m with integral freezer.
  • Patran and Nastran FEA software.
  • Modelling, design and simulation software, including WiseTex, Catia V5 and PolyWorks.
  • SimaPro life cycle assessment software.