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Reference Number EP/I009876/1
Title TAILORED COMPOSITES FOR TUNED DEFORMATION RESPONSE TO UNSTEADY FLUID LOADING
Status Completed
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Transport) 5%;
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Wind Energy) 5%;
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Ocean Energy) 80%;
NOT ENERGY RELATED 10%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr SW Boyd
No email address given
School of Engineering Sciences
University of Southampton
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 23 May 2011
End Date 11 December 2014
Duration 43 months
Total Grant Value £424,754
Industrial Sectors Aerospace; Defence and Marine
Region South East
Programme Manufacturing: Engineering
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr SW Boyd , School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Dr SR (Stephen ) Turnock , School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Dr A Wright , School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , IT Power Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Moog Insensys Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Albany Engineered Composites Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , CJR Propulsion (0.000%)
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Abstract The main motivator for the proposed research is performance improvement of energy capture or hydrodynamic efficiency of propulsion systems. In particular, the application requirements of passively adaptive underwater tidal turbine blades and marine propellers. However, the investigators believe that application of passively adaptive composites structures could extend to include passively adaptive race car aerodynamics, aircraft control surfaces, surface ship and underwater vehicle control surfaces, and wind turbines. In order to achieve this goal it is proposed to employ composite materials with their inherent ability to create a coupled response to in-service loads. Design of such a structure which is tuned to a dynamic load environment will result in improved efficiency of the two main applications of this research, energy capture devices and marine propulsors.The aim of the proposed research is to challenge the existing design philosophy from one whereby a tailored passively adaptive composites is designed to mimic a conventional isotropic structure into a paradigm that allows the ability to tune a geometry and it's internal architecture to deform in a known and controlled manner as the load regime changes. Such an approach requires fundamental research into the modelling of interwoven, 3D fibre structures and novel approaches to design of the internal architecture that can identify fibre stacking/weaving strategies that give tuned deformations across multiple loading/operational conditions. To develop this paradigm shift in structural performance we will explore how lifting surfaces, be they control surfaces, propulsors or turbines are designed using such smart materials. The main focus will be the maritime sector where there has been a much slower take-up in such technology but where the potential benefits are large (see impact plan). To the authors knowledge this has not been conducted anywhere before and is therefore a challenging and exciting programme
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