Dr Tim Swait
MEng, CEng, MRAeS, PhD
Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)
Technical Lead - Advanced Curing
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Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)
Factory of the Future, Advanced Manufacturing Park
Wallis Way, Catcliffe
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.
- Development and implementation of direct electric cure of plain weave CFRP composites for aerospace. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing.
- Novel composite curing methods for sustainable manufacture : a review. Composites Part C: Open Access, 9.
- The effects of absorbing materials on the homogeneity of composite heating by microwave radiation. Materials, 14(23). View this article in WRRO
- Double diaphragm compression moulding, comparing thermoset prepreg with dry fabric and liquid resin. SAMPE journal. Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, 2021(Mar/Apr), 22-32.
- Structural health monitoring for woven fabric CFRP laminates. Composites Part B: Engineering, 174. View this article in WRRO
- Damage detection and location in woven fabric CFRP laminate panels. Composite Structures, 220, 168-178. View this article in WRRO
- Tooling materials compatible with carbon fibre composites in a microwave environment. Composites Part B: Engineering, 163, 769-778. View this article in WRRO
- In situ consolidation of thermoplastic prepreg tape using automated tape placement technology: Potential and possibilities. Composites Part B: Engineering, 66, 255-267. View this article in WRRO
- Smart composite materials for self-sensing and self-healing. PLASTICS RUBBER AND COMPOSITES, 41(4-5), 215-224.
- Modelling damage evolution in composite laminates subjected to low velocity impact. Composite Structures.
- Modelling damage evolution in composite laminates subjected to low velocity impact. Composite Structures, 94(9), 2902-2913.
- A practical structural health monitoring system for carbon fibre reinforced composite based on electrical resistance. Composites Science and Technology, 72(13), 1515-1523.
- Damage detection and amelioration by electrical resistance for smart composites. ICCM International Conferences on Composite Materials.
- Optimisation of interfacial properties for tensile strength by plasma polymerisation. COMPOS SCI TECHNOL, 68(12), 2302-2309.
- Self-sensing and self-healing in composites In Li G & Meng H (Ed.), Recent Advances in Smart Self-healing Polymers and Composites (pp. 243-261). Woodhead Publishing
Conference proceedings papers
- 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
- Fabrication of self-ameliorating microphases between composite plies by inkjet printing. ICCM International Conferences on Composite Materials, Vol. 2013-July (pp 7430-7431)
- 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
- 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)
- 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.