The National Physical Laboratory, located in south-west London, has released a new report outlining the need for improvements in the regulatory framework covering composite materials.
While the UK is a leader in the development and use of composite materials, codes and standards are not relevant to composites and sometimes explicitly recommend more traditional materials.
This can hinder the application of composite materials which can help to improve operational efficiency. The knock-on effect of this results in a failure to realise the related benefits to the UK economy.
The report outlines how these issues can be resolved, allowing the UK to gain from future composite innovations. This includes an advanced materials assurance centre providing a platform for regulators and the supply chain to work in cooperation.
Further, a 10-year roadmap is outlined covering the adoption of missing specifications and standards.
The composite product market is forecast to reach £12.5bn by 2030.
‘Increasing UK competitiveness by enhancing the composite materials regulatory structure’ can be downloaded here (requires free registration).