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The High Performance Ductile Composite Technologies (HiPerDuCT) £6M programme grant is a collaboration between the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS) and The Composites Centre at Imperial College London. It was funded through the EPSRC call for ‘Creativity in Composites Engineering’ in 2010 to address longer-term challenges to fully realise the potential of composite materials. Composites have become established as very high performance materials and continue to expand rapidly into new markets and applications but a fundamental limitation of current composites is their inherent brittleness. Failure is usually sudden and catastrophic, with little warning or residual load carrying capacity.