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Advanced manufacturing

Exploiting composite materials

Providing confidence in composite performance

Advances in composites promise significant advantages for infrastructure such as bridges and products such as cars, offering desirable properties like reduced weight or increased strength for lower cost. The opportunity for the UK is significant, with the potential to grow its current £2.3 billion composite product market to £12 billion or more by 2030. Yet uptake of these exciting new materials is limited due to a lack of standard data and thorough testing capabilities, which prevent industry from having the confidence that they will perform as claimed.

NPL’s expertise in material characterisation and evaluation will ensure that testing is traceable and reproducible, providing industry with full confidence and assurance in the suitability and performance of new composite materials and enabling their real-world application. NPL will also help to develop ever-more comprehensive testing techniques and lay the groundwork for new regulations, codes and standards, ensuring that the benefits these materials offer are realised as soon as possible.

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