Research Group Leader
Cranfield University & EPSRC National Centre for Innovation Composites
After studying Materials Science at Nottingham University, Andrew has 28 years’ experience developing advanced composite structures and enabling manufacturing technology. Initially joining British Aerospace, for the development of ailerons for the Airbus A320; the first UK designed commercial aircraft carbon fibre structures.
Andrew joined Cranfield in 1991 to lead the Airbus UK composite wing research project AMCAPS which developed novel materials and process technology for large carbon fibre wing manufacture; now certified and flying on the Airbus A380.
Andrew leads the Composites Manufacturing Research Group within the Enhanced Structures and Composites Centre. This is focused on the investigation and development of cost effective manufacturing technology for lightweight composite structures in partnership with industry. One of his current application research projects is with McLaren Automotive developing sports car bodies.
With the launch of the EPSRC CIMComp Innovative Composites Manufacturing Centre he is leading the research on CFRP to metallic structures joining and software tools for materials and process selection and design for manufacture of CFRP applications. Within the new Composites Industry Cluster (CiC) supply chain initiative AMSCI programme, he is leading the development of software tools for design using carbon fibre composites, involving materials and process selection and component detailing to enable low cost manufacturing.