National Physical Laboratory

Functional Materials Composites, Adhesives and Polymeric Materials

The Composites, Adhesives and Polymeric Materials Group at NPL develop and use a broad range of measurement technology to understand the processing and performance behaviour of materials through the full life cycle. Our work supports businesses ranging from small enterprises to some of the largest automotive, aerospace and power generation multi-nationals.

We undertake a wide range of research activities from confidential research and testing through to collaborative research towards innovative measurement solutions or international standards development.


The winners of NPL's annual Science Poster Fair were on smart antenna technologies and an improved method for the measurement of polymer composites.

A fond farewell to Susan Martin - Working at NPL for nearly 60 years, Susan Martin is potentially the longest-serving computer programmer in the world.

The NPL Product Verification team has recently completed a successful Nadcap Gap Analysis with Aeromet International Ltd

NPL and University of Surrey win three collaborative research awards

New Good Practice Guide on monitoring deformation and damage in fibre-reinforced plastics

New books published which showcase NPL research - NPL has contributed to the three chapters of two new books:

Revised ISO Standards on Melt Flow Rate (ISO 1133) published.

New European Metrology Research Projects on nanoindentation of polymeric materials.

Standardisation Activities and Good Practice Guides

NPL provides input into the development of ISO standards for composites and polymer testing:

  • Composites
  • Rheology
  • Thermal properties

NPL Good Practice Guides, often a pre-cursor to standardisation, are available here

Click here for Measurement Notes.


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