Innovate UK Project 104320 (IDP14)
– Lightweighting of Structural Panels (LIST-P) (1st July 2018 to 31st December 2020)
Partners: Omnia (CS), Tata Technologies, National Composite Centre, RDM, Foresight and University of Exeter.
Overview LIST-P is developing cost effective lightweight structural panels, with new material formulations, innovative design and a semi-automated continuous manufacturing process, to provide a key enabler for zero emission journeys for both light/medium/heavy goods and passenger vehicles. Lightweight, high compression strength which can withstand pallet trucks (ideal replacement floor for plywood).
Project status – The project has progressed to plan – manufacturing processes have been designed and proven as proof of concepts. These are now being scaled up to prototype systems which can produce panels of sufficient size for the trials. The manufacturing process is expected to have global impact due to the low cost of manufacture (cost competitive with Plywood).
Innovate UK Project 105217 (Agricultural productivity)
– Innovative Thermostatic Composites for Hyperthermic Eradication of Varroa Mites from HoneyBee Colonies Team
Partners: Foresight (Lead) and Nottingham Trent University (1st June 2019 to 31st August 2020)
Overview – Varroa mites live off the body fluids of adult honeybees, their larvae and pupae. The presence of Varroa are also associated with many viruses and especially the deformed wing virus in bees, and the combination of these two are associated with colony losses and the greatest current threat to modern beekeeping the so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). It is believed that there are now no wild honeybee colonies in the UK leading to a drastic reduction in pollinators.
Project status – The project has progressed to plan – A prototype treatment system has been developed and will be tested in beehives at Nottingham Trent University. IP has been identified and a patent applied for.
“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man”. – Albert Einstein
DASA Contract No. DSTLX1000134705
– A reliable method to join mismatched composite components – Soni-Join
Overview – Composites offer the best of each component material from which they are comprised. Defence asks challenges of armour composites: An emphasis on ballistic performance at the expense of mechanical and bonding performance raises practical difficulties in integration and use.
A team of experts in armour and composites offer a novel joining process allowing ballistic strikeface materials to become intrinsic to composite backings themselves rather than a conventional adhered afterthought.
Project Status PHASE 1 Contract This disruptive technology has produced Proof of Concept armour suitable for cross domain use without requiring current labour-intensive and expensive processes whilst offering potential for field deployment allowing in-service repair of damaged composites.