It’s important to remember that this is a research project, exploring very novel materials and techniques. However, in common with much university research these days, we have a big focus on practical applications and creating real-world impacts.
One of the big things we’re trying to achieve with ductile composites is more gradual failure, which could lead to safer products that fail with plenty of warning.
Another way we are hoping to make a difference to safety is through our patent pending composite overload sensor. This gives an immediate indication of whether the thing the sensor is attached to has been subject to a high load that could lead to it failing.
We are also developing a technology to make recycled carbon fibres back into useful products. As the use of carbon fibre becomes more and more common in things like cars, this will become even more important.