My main research focus is on the long-term lifetime behaviour of polymers and polymer based composites. Most of this research is industrially-linked with companies including Airbus, Tata, Fiberweb, Rolls Royce and TWI. Projects are funded by EPSRC, ERDF, Welsh Government and Industry, amounting to over £1million in the last four years.
Specific research projects include:
Modelling of the effects of water ingress into carbon-fibre / epoxy composites
The effects of graphene-nanoparticle reinforcement on thermoplastic performance
Outdoor lifetime prediction of polymer-coated steels
Weathering of polymers and biopolymers used for tree shelters
The effects of impact damage and repair methods for carbon-fibre composites
In addition, I also have a research activity in the environmental impact assessment of polymer-based materials through their lifetime, including the effects of recycling and biopolymers.
Through my involvement with the Welsh Composites Centre, the Astute project and the ATM scheme, I undertake significant smaller-scale collaborative R&D projects with companies across the local region.