Research & Development

At the heart of what we do is a commitment to the continuous development of innovative, advanced products

Developing the right product for your project

We work closely with our customers to provide the right product for every application, by offering technical support and expertise before, during and after product usage.

With a technical centre housing a test laboratory and autoclave, we can ensure that this commitment is taken to the next level. Not only working to continually improve our existing range of products, we work to develop new and exciting products through our recognition of an industry need, and through project consortiums.

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“With a technical centre housing a test laboratory and autoclave, we can ensure that this commitment is taken to the next level.”

READ OUR CASE STUDIES

Punch Powertrain Solar Team

SHD Composites were asked to help with the supply of materials for the Punch Powertrain Solar Team

SHD Composites were asked to help with the supply of materials for the Punch Powertrain Solar Team from the University of Leuven to build a car for the 2015 Solar Challenge race from Adelaide to Darwin across some of the most demanding terrain of the planet. To meet this challenge, the team needed...

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EXAMPLES OF RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

Rapi Comp

Together with GBS (Great British Sportscars), the aim of the project was to support the manufacture of automotive body panel and structural components without the requirement of standard composite processing technology by the use of autoclave, oven and press curing.

NATEP

Lower Cost, Higher Performance, Composite Tooling

The aim of the project is to develop lower cost, higher performance composite tooling for use in aerospace part manufacture, evaluated through multiple manufacturing cycles.

Internship Focus

Characteristation of composite materials using natural fibre reinforcements

This project was run by one of our technical interns, with a focus on the development of Flax materials in partnership with Bcomp and their Amplitex range. Testing included mechanical testing and DMA testing

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

Evaluating ongoing process conditions for increased laminate construction

As an ongoing support activity for our customer base, this project aimed to achieve optimum conditions and investigate how materials perform by gaining performance data through various testing processes.

NATEP

Low Cost FST Compliant Composite Solutions

The 18-month project, beginning September 2018, will focus on the development of low cost, lightweight FST compliant materials with ‘hot-in, hot-out’ press moulding processing for aircraft interior parts. 

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