Dr Thomas Corden

MEng, PhD

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)

Technical Lead

Dr Thomas Corden
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Dr Thomas Corden
Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)
Factory of the Future, Advanced Manufacturing Park
Wallis Way, Catcliffe
S60 5TZ

Tom completed an undergraduate degree in Engineering at the University of Sheffield  and was later awarded a PhD in Composite Materials from Nottingham University. He continued his career as a postdoctoral researcher  at the same institution, researching bio-absorbable composite fracture fixation plates from 1996-1999.

Over the last 18 years, he has worked for companies including Umeco, Cytec, and Solvay. He currently works at the AMRC Composite Centre and is experienced in a vast range of composite materials and processing techniques. He has worked on numerous projects, including developing autoclave prepregs for aerospace; marine tooling; the building of America’s Cup yachts; ceramic matrix composites; double diaphragm forming; High Pressure Resin Transfer Moulding (HP-RTM); novel prepreg formats for rapid lay-up; and automation for high volume manufacture.

In the last 3 years, at Cytec/Solvay he was the applied R&D Manager, supervising a team working mainly on Out-of-Autoclave (OOA) prepreg technology and rapid manufacturing techniques for high volume automotive applications. His current work looks at high speed processing, automated forming, high volume manufacturing and design for the manufacture of composite materials.


MEng, PhD

Research interests

Tom’s research interests include: Composite Processing; Out of Autoclave Processing of Prepreg; Large Scale Composite Tooling; Additive Manufacture for Composites; Compression Moulding of Thermoset Prepregs; Composites for High Temperature Applications; Recycling of Composites


Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Gibbs A, Steele M & Corden T (2011) The development of out-of-autoclave composite prepreg technology for aerospace applications. 2011 SAMPE Spring Technical Conference and Exhibition, 23 May 2011 - 26 May 2011. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Corden T & McCrea J (2011) Carbovar Nanovate-NV Surfaced Composite Tooling. SEICO11 Conference Proceedings, 28 March 2011 - 29 March 2011. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Corden T & rudd C (1997) Permeability Measurements and Modelling Techniques for Vacuum Infusion. ICAC 97, Conference Proceedings RIS download Bibtex download
Research group



Tom has been involved in a number of research projects, spanning various TRL’s, during his time at the AMRC.