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Exploring a dark art
Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has invested ?150,000 in an FT Dornier rapier loom, especially designed to weave composites without the risk of the highly electrically-conductive carbon fibres causing it to short circuit.

The loom takes the composites team into a whole new area ? in the past, it has been limited to using commercially available woven reinforcing materials and now will be able to design and weave its own materials, specifically for resin transfer moulding (RTM).