Dr Tim Swait

MEng, CEng, MRAeS, PhD

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)

Technical Lead - Advanced Curing


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

Tim received a First Class Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a PhD in Composite Materials, both at the University of Sheffield and started working in the Composites Centre of the AMRC in 2011, initially as a Research Engineer before being made Technical Lead. He enjoys the challenge of finding simple and practical ways to apply complex theories to make real world products.

Research interests

Tim has interest in the full range of composite manufacturing and design processes across the full range of sectors, however the majority of his experience is within the aerospace sector and he takes a particular interest in curing processes and reducing the time and energy required from this stage of manufacturing. Recently he has become more interested in engineering and control software and in particular the opportunities created by Open Source.


Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers

  • Nuhiji B, Bower MP, Swait T, Phadnis V, Day RJ & Scaife RJ (2020) Simulation of carbon fibre composites in an industrial microwave. Materials Today: Proceedings. Sorrento, Italy, 8 May 2019 - 10 May 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zhang Y, Smith PJ, Hodzic A, Stringer JE, Swait T, Soutis C & Grainger R (2013) Fabrication of self-ameliorating microphases between composite plies by inkjet printing. ICCM International Conferences on Composite Materials, Vol. 2013-July (pp 7430-7431) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Photjanataree P, Swait T & Jones FR (2012) The locus of failure of the interphase in glass fibre composites with plasma polymer sizings. ECCM 2012 - Composites at Venice, Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Composite Materials RIS download Bibtex download
  • Swait TJ, Whittle T, Soutis C & Jones FR (2010) Identification of interfacial and interphasal failure in composites of plasma polymer coated fibres. COMPOSITES PART A-APPLIED SCIENCE AND MANUFACTURING, Vol. 41(9) (pp 1047-1055) RIS download Bibtex download
Research group



H2020, Intelligent Bulk Materials for Smart Transport Industries (MASTRO), (Technical Lead), January 2017 - August 2021, €539,076.25 (to AMRC). Grant reference: 760940

CleanSky2: Green Airframe Icing Novel Systems (GAINS) July 2015-December 2021.Approx €380,000 (to AMRC). Grant reference 671398

CleanSky: Electro-thermal Laminar Wing Ice Protection System Demonstrator(ELWIPS) October 2012- December 2016, €1,498,446 total (approx €500,000 to AMRC). Grant reference 307869

Professional activities and memberships

Member of Royal Aeronautical Society.