New method to model blast resistance of composites

Engineers at the University of Sheffield have developed a robust and efficient computational model to calculate the behaviour of glass-fibre-reinforced laminate (GLARE) panels subjected to blast loadings. GLARE is commonly used in aerospace and automotive applications and the new model will inform the design of lightweight, blast-resistant structures. Galal Mohamed and colleagues created a numerical […]

Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2012 in Publications.

New facilities for AMRC Composite Centre

The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) reported on June 6 that its Composite Centre is now open for business in a new facility. The facility hosts a growing range of state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment for use in collaborative research. Previously based in the original AMRC building on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, the Composite […]

Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2012 in News.

Switchable permeability for polymersomes

Research at the University of Sheffield demonstrates a new strategy for controlling the permeability of the walls of tiny polymer capsules or polymersomes. Switching the rate at which the polymersomes take up or release their contents means that the new systems could find application as synthetic bio-nanoreactors. A team of researchers from Dresden, led by […]

Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2012 in Publications.

Polymer Centre research highlight 2 – April 2012

Engineers at the University of Sheffield have developed a method of assisting nerves damaged by traumatic accidents to repair naturally, which could improve the chances of restoring sensation and movement in injured limbs. In a collaborative study with Laser Zentrum Hannover (Germany) published today (23 April 2012) in the journal Biofabrication, the team describes a […]

Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2012 in Publications.

Sheffield scientist wins thesis prize

Dr. Kate Kirkham (nee Thompson) has just been awarded the inaugural Macro Group prize for the best PhD thesis in the field of polymer science in the UK. Her thesis was entitled “Covalently Cross-linked Colloidosomes” and her PhD supervisor was Prof. Steve Armes, the Director of the Polymer Centre. Kate’s PhD degree was part-sponsored by […]

Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2012 in News.