AMRC signs agreement with National Research Council of Canada to develop novel composites for aerospace

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The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has signed a collaborative research agreement with the National Research Council of Canada in a ceremony that took place at the Canadian High Commission in London.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement is to develop novel composites for aerospace and is the first project under the broader CAN-UK science, technology and innovation research partnership.

The objective of the complete two-phase research project is to develop the analysis methods and manufacturing knowledge required to design and produce optimised curvilinear variable stiffness laminates fabricated by Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) and demonstrate application of the technology on a representative civil aircraft structure

Professor Keith Ridgway, Executive Dean of the AMRC, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with our academic colleagues in Canada and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”

As well as the AMRC and NRC, additional project partners will be required for phase two onwards. Industry partner involvement will ensure the technology and specific applications being developed are directly relevant to near-future aero-structures.

Fran?ois Cordeau, Vice President of the Transportation and Manufacturing Division of the National Research Council of Canada, said: “Manufacturing makes up nearly half of Canada’s aerospace sector. The NRC is excited to work with the global aerospace industry by collaborating with the University of Sheffield on advanced manufacturing methods for cost-effective and environmentally-friendly aircraft.”

It was announced in the same week as the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and NRC signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate the delivery of collaborative, jointly-funded research and innovation programmes.

Composites materials will increase in the oil and gas industry market

According to a recent report”Composites materials in the oil and gas market:Resin type (epoxy, polyester and phenolic resin), fiber type (glass fiber and carbon fiber), application areas (pipes, tanks and advanced applications) and areas ——Global Forecast to 2021 “,The market size of composites materials in the oil and gas industry is expected to reach $ 1.98 billion in 2021,From 2016 to 2021 , the compound annual growth rate up to 5.05%.The rising demand for corrosion and light materials in the oil and gas industry and the low maintenance costs of composite materials are key drivers of global composite materials in the oil and gas industry market.

Due to the larger demand for pipes, tanks, fracturing balls, fracturing and other applications, fiberglass-based composites account for the major share of the oil and gas industry composite market.The low cost of glass fiber and its superior performance, such as strength, flexibility, durability, stability, light, heat resistance, temperature, moisture resistance and other factors to promote the growth of glass-based oil and gas composite materials.

Epoxy resin based oil and gas composite materials have the largest market share, is expected to be the fastest growing resin type of composite materials in the oil and gas industry market,This is because epoxy-based composites provide a variety of thermal and mechanical properties, such as corrosion-resistant liquids, excellent electrical insulation, good high temperature performance, compared with polyester resin, lower styrene emissions, As well as good bonding strength with different types of reinforcing materials.
Pipes, standpipes, downstream pipelines and oil pipelines dominate the composite materials in the oil and gas industry market.This is due to the growing demand for high-strength, high-performance, cost-effective, non-corrosive lightweight materials for deepwater offshore oil and gas exploration and production activities. In addition, the use of composite pipes reduces overall maintenance costs, thereby reducing maintenance costs for the entire plant.

The Brazilian composites market is about to return After the storm

The Brazilian composites market has gone through a much worse year,The sales of 2016 is decline than the sales of 2015 year.
Infrastructure and wind energy should be the first to restart.
However, the country’s economy should rebound in year 2017,
so we can expect local businesses to rebound.

The Brazilian World Cup and the Summer Olympic Games are not enough to hide 
Brazil’s economic depression and political unrest,Or 13.67% less than in 2015.
Sales should also be reduced to 13.6 million tons, down 16.05%. Latin American Composites Association (Almaco) and the chemical industry market consultant ,Brazilian composites market in 2016 estimated sales will decline to 7.2 billion US dollars.Or 13.67%, less than in 2015. Sales should also be reduced to 13.6 million tons, down 16.05%.


The bus and truck sector has led to the transportation sector being hit by a national crisis. Spared from the wind power sector has recently felt the impact.

Fresh air of year 2017
The Chairman Gilmar Lima of Almaco has confidence in year 2017,He has hopes for infrastructure, construction and wind energy,And there may be heat in the Olympic Games, the sports and leisure areas also have hope,The world’s major players like the International Monetary Fund, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United Nations and the World Bank, the prospects for the development of Brazil’s GDP seems to be optimistic.Although they give different percentages.They all agree that in 2017 the Brazilian market may recover from the downward spiral after a depression in 2014 and a sharp decline in 2015 and 2016.