South Korea tie-up with Sheffield University

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South Korea’s leading composites research institute has signed a collaboration agreement with Sheffield University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

The Jeonju Institute of Machinery and Carbon Composites is part of a world-leading cluster of carbon composite industry and research, based in Jeonju City.

The AMRC has its own Composite Centre, which focuses on areas which include automated production, machining and advanced curing technologies and is due to move into expanded facilities in a new extension to the AMRC’s own Factory of the Future in April. The collaboration between Jeonju and the AMRC will cover a range of work, including using giant microwave ovens to cure of composite materials instead of the usual autoclave – which acts like a massive pressure cooker.

Using microwaves could result in significant time and energy savings in use, but controlling temperature across the composite assembly and maintaining material properties are major challenges.

Carbon fibre composite materials are increasingly used in aerospace, marine, automotive and other high-value industries because they provide a valuable combination of light weight and high strength.