TWI and London South Bank University have teamed up to create a new centre of excellence for polymer research.
Named PolyMERIC (Polymeric Materials, Engineering, Research and Innovation Centre), the facility will carry out R&D investigations into polymer use for industry applications.
This will include creation of new polymeric materials, including associated testing and inspection techniques.
The research will be targeted at a range of industries, including petrochemicals, energy, automotive, aerospace, and construction.
Amir Khamsehnezhad, newly-appointed director of PolyMERIC, said: “This centre will advance innovation in polymer materials, techniques and applications at technology readiness levels (TRLs) 1-3, building the base, and providing new knowledge, for the use of non-metallics across the industry as well as a route to market for new technologies and products.
“Our aim is to make a high impact amongst the engineering community and to raise the profile of polymers, leading to their wider adoption by different industry sectors,” he added.
PolyMERIC is the latest in a series of innovation centres hosted by Cambridge-based TWI.
The centres share research and technology capabilities and undertake joint research programmes to develop the next generation of technologies and engineers in selected research disciplines.
Each links closely with the National Structural Integrity Research Centre, which carries out industry-led postgraduate research on structural integrity technologies.