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Lifelong Learning

The Bath Composites Research Unit (CRU) investigates the mechanical behaviour of composite materials and lightweight structures and exploits this understanding for use in design and manufacture.

The CRU has close regional links with the aerospace industry: GKN Aerospace, Airbus, Agusta-Westland and Rolls-Royce, and with the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS) at the University of Bristol. 

The Centre's Director, Professor Richard Butler, was recently awarded a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering - GKN Aerospace Chair in Composites Analysis. Richard was appointed the five-year Research Chair to carry out work that will have a significant impact on the design and manufacture of composite structures for future aircraft. 

There is a range of key research topics covered at the CRU.

  • Manufacture and test
  • Topological optimisation and stiffened panel sizing
  • Damage tolerance
  • Optimised laminates and fibre placement
  • Buckling, post-buckling and kink banding
  • Aeroelastic tailoring
  • Morphology and detection of impact damage and manufacturing defects
  • Fatigue and compressive strength of damaged composites
  • Natural materials and biomimetics
  • Smart materials
  • Shape control and morphing
  • NDE and Structural Health Monitoring Impact and crashworthiness
  • Modelling and simulation of non-linear transient phenomena
  • Manufacturing process modelling - waviness, folding, wrinkling, consolidation

The CRU is an excellent opportunty to carry on learning after graduating. Three types of research programmes are offered at the centre at University of Bath:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - typically takes three years full-time or five years part-time
  • Engineering Doctorate (EngD) - typically takes four years full-time and based mainly in industry
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) - typically takes two years full-time or four years part-time

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