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INNOVATIVE
PROJECT
SUPPORTS
composites AND
ADDITIVE LAYER
RESEARCH.
The Composites & Additive Layer Materials
Engineering Research & Innovation Centre
(CALMERIC) is a specialist project being run by
the University of Wolverhampton’s School of
Engineering.
CALMERIC is funded by the European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF) and is currently
supporting SMEs based in Staffordshire and
Shropshire.
The project has invested in high-spec equipment
including a compression moulding machine, a
non-destructive testing machine and an ANSYS
high-spec simulation machine to carry out research
and innovation projects in the field of advanced
engineering materials.
A team of academic specialists including PhD
research graduates, a Knowledge Transfer specialist
and a post doctorate and senior engineering
technician will work alongside companies, utilising
specialist materials for manufacturing and testing
equipment.
The CALMERIC project manager, Palo Kaur, said:
“CALMERIC has already gained excellent ambition
in the geographical areas stipulated, interest is
high, the project is not heavily output orientated
and is focussed on quality rather than quantity.
The project will support the local economy by
working in the manufacturing sector to develop
high performance components that are lightweight
and make efficient use of materials. The research
collaborations will focus on key technical
challenges, following feasibility studies showing an
overall impact on products and the environment.
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Pictured: Professor Andrew Pollard - Calmeric
Project Director, Professor Geoff Layer –
University of Wolverhampton Vice Chancellor and
Dr Syed Hasan – Head of School of Engineering.
“Our research team will look to build the
innovation capacity of Staffordshire and Shropshire
manufacturing companies by offering them access
to specialist skills and resources. The team has
an international reputation in composite and
additive layer materials through our current and
historical research activities as well as experience in
managing ERDF projects.
“Our ultimate aim is to improve the performance of
regional and national businesses operating within
advanced manufacturing supply chains.”
CALMERIC is linked to the University’s School
of Engineering, which has established an
internationally renowned capability in additive layer
manufacturing at its Telford Campus and over the
last year has invested a further £10m in buildings
and facilities including a wind tunnel, autoclave, 3D
printing and laboratories dedicated to metrology
and materials.
CALMERIC works in collaboration with companies
that do not presently have full in-house capability to
develop advanced components manufactured using
composite or additive layer technologies. Research
Collaborations typically involve high level design
and engineering analysis, prototyping, testing and
material or microstructure analysis.
The CALMERIC project will run until December
2021. Any business in Staffordshire or Shropshire
interested in collaborating can contact us:
01902 323298

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