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Reference Number EP/P029922/1
Title Structural Composites Research Facility (SCRF)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Ocean Energy) 75%;
Not Energy Related 25%;
Research Types Equipment 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 75%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor C O'Bradaigh
No email address given
Sch of Engineering and Electronics
University of Edinburgh
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 June 2017
End Date 30 November 2020
Duration 42 months
Total Grant Value £1,399,781
Industrial Sectors Aerospace; Defence and Marine; Energy
Region Scotland
Programme Manufacturing : Manufacturing, NC : Engineering, NC : Infrastructure
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor C O'Bradaigh , Sch of Engineering and Electronics, University of Edinburgh (99.995%)
  Other Investigator Dr LA Bisby , Sch of Engineering and Electronics, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Dr TJ Stratford , Sch of Engineering and Electronics, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Professor S A Karamanos , Sch of Engineering and Electronics, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Dr ED McCarthy , Sch of Engineering and Electronics, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Dr L (Lesley ) Yellowlees , College of Science and Engineering, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Scotrenewables (Marine Power) Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , DNV GL (UK) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Suzlon Energy Ltd, India (0.000%)
Project Contact , EireComposites Teo, Ireland (0.000%)
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Abstract It is proposed to establish an innovative Structural Composites Research Facility (SCRF) for faster fatigue or cyclic load testing of large structures. This will initially be focussed on fibre-reinforced composite material structures, such as stiff tidal turbine blades (e.g. fabricated from carbon fibre and glass fibre reinforced polymer resins). The facility will be the first of its kind in the world, and will use a brand new, ultra-efficient digital displacement regenerative pumping hydraulic system.For fatigue testing of tidal turbine blades, the novel hydraulic actuation system will only use 10-15% of the energy input required by conventional hydraulic testing systems, and will test structures 10 times faster than possible with existing hydraulic systems (test frequency increase from 0.1 Hz to 1 Hz). This will enable more and faster impact-led academic research into fundamental engineering options for new materials technology and accelerated evaluation of tidal turbine blades leading to more rapid certification and deployment to market. Such a capability is critical to the success of this emerging composite materials technology for renewable energy and will accelerate the conversion of available tidal marine energy, which is currently under-exploited at a time of increasing national demand for energy.Nationally, the facility will also underpin fundamental research in composite materials across all sectors, to be targeted at applications in high value manufacturing sectors such as aerospace, automotive, and civil engineering applications (e.g., structural health monitoring in bridges and buildings subject to ongoing fatigue under cyclic loading).Academics will benefit by access to a state-of-the art accelerated fatigue testing facility, opening new research opportunities on fundamental materials and process topics. Industry will benefit by reduced design risk from better testing data and by reduction of product testing time, within the product development cycle times needed in the renewable energy, aerospace, naval defence, marine and infrastructure sectors
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