Technology Transfer and Innovation
The main aim of the Technology Station is to provide companies within these sectors with subsidised services and assistance in product design, prototype development and tooling design, development and manufacture.
The main objective is to ultimately assist these companies to become more competitive via technology transfer. The rate of subsidisation involved depends on the size of the company, turnover, ownership and the particular project.
Within the Technology Station there are three operating units.
Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory
In the moulded plastics arena, the AML is equipped with CNC machine tools and focuses on:
General machining can also be undertaken.
Within the Centre are four highly qualified and experienced professors of mechanical engineering, who interact with industry via the Technology Station.
CNC turning center
3 axis CNC machining center
Universal & turret mills
Gibbs CNC software
200T Injection Machine
Blow Moulding Machine
Coordinate Measuring Machine – NEW
PC DMIS software
The TS Industrial Design Unit specialises in conceptual design and design verification of metallic and non-metallic fabrications and systems and makes use of some of the most sophisticated design analysis software and techniques (like finite element analysis – FEA) available. The Unit focuses on conceptual design, design analysis, optimisation and verification of non-metallic (and metallic):
Aerospace and other advanced structures
Pressure and vacuum vessels
Process tanks and vessels
Specialised process equipment
Caesar II (pipeline flexibility analysis)
FibreSim (laminate analysis)
Prototyping and Testing Unit
The PPT Unit specialises in the fabrication of prototypes and tooling for the composites sector. Materials and structural testing can also be undertaken.
Oven (1m x 0.5m)
Autoclave (1.5 m diameter, 3m length)
Cold-storage (for prepreg materials)
Computer controlled Lloyds universal testing machine (30 kN capacity)
Test grips for ASTM testing of composite materials (in-Plane properties)
Real-time strain capture and monitoring capability
Acoustic emission unit
Digital ultrasound unit
Microscopy capability (including SEM)
Ignition loss testing
We provide companies within the fibre-reinforced plastics and moulded plastics sector with subsidized services and assistance in product design, prototype development and tooling design.
Subsidized services include: