The NCC and the Dstl in the UK have partnered to launch a competition to improve composite combat aircraft structures.
The NCC and the Dstl in the UK have partnered to launch a competition to improve composite combat aircraft structures.

The National Composites Centre (NCC) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in the UK have partnered to launch a competition to improve composite combat aircraft structures.

According to the organizations, this could cover structural layout, manufacturing and assembly, detailed features and material selection. According to Steve Simm, air systems program manager at Dstl the aim is to reduce mass and through-life cost, and to increase performance, availability, adaptability and modularity.  All intellectual property owned by individual organizations will be protected and tracked with any engagements involving the steering group.

Plans are for the competition to attract organizations and companies in the UK to pitch their design and research ideas in order to influence the content of the Advanced Design of Composites Structures for Future Combat Aircraft (ADCoSCA) project. A steering group will then develop these ideas into a coordinated series of funded research projects, the NCC said.

 ‘We are launching an open call for the brightest and most innovative ideas from a range of organisations so we can work together to equip our Armed Forces with the next generation of high tech, resilient and efficient defence capabilities,’ said Richard Oldfield, chief executive of the NCC.

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This story uses material from NCC, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.