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National Physical Laboratory conducts survey on composite processing measurements

National Physical Laboratory is working on a project that aims to help improve the embedded quality of composites during the production processes.

10th March 2015

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Teddington

Industrial, Civil Engineering, Construction

This project aims to help improve the embedded quality and durability of composite materials during the production processes.


The objective will be to consider the standardisation and control of production processes using on-line, offline and post production measurement techniques.

These include ply/fibre placement, resin characterisation (assessment of the degree of cure, cure shrinkage), preform characterisation (compressibility, waviness, drape, fibre volume fraction, porosity), prepreg characterisation (tack, drape, volume fraction, waviness), permeability measurements and process parameters in order to improve embedded quality.


At this stage, feedback is required to help define the current and future challenges in measurements and monitoring methods. The progress of the project, results and output will be disseminated via the Industrial Advisory Group meetings and other events.

Industrial Advisory Groups act as focal points for open discussion and views in support of current research projects. You can hear about the aims and progress of the National Measurement System (NMS) funded core research at NPL through joining an Industrial Advisory Group. It is an opportunity to interact closely with NPL influencing direction, dissemination routes and further work, and offer materials for testing and research targeted on your own requirements.

The Composite processing measurements survey is available at to complete.

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