Center for Composite Materials - University of Delaware

NASA University Leadership Initiative (ULI)

Using newly developed TuFF material to address technology barriers in manufacturing of complex geometry composite parts for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and commercial air platforms, meeting aerospace performance at automotive-like production rates, and to transition technology to our industrial partner followed the US industrial by base.

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A Composite Legacy

A founder of CCM in 1974, Prof. Tsu-Wei Chou’s pioneering approach of coupling mechanics with materials has played a key role in the advancement of composite materials in the last half century.
Congratulations Prof. Chou on receiving ASME’s highest honor.

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Director of CCM

The University of Delaware (UD) seeks exceptional candidates who are dynamic and visionary leaders for the position of Director of the Center for Composite Materials (CCM).

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UD-CCM and NASA Johnson Space Center

are working together to develop components of the next-generation Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) spacesuit.

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Congratulations

to our 2022 Summer Symposium Poster winners:
1st Place – Fynn Saenger,
2nd Place – KJ Olsen, and
3rd Place – Bhavana Palla

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Congratulations Dr. Sauerbrunn

On receiving the NATAS Fellows Award to be presented at the 48th Annual NATAS Conference in August.

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The MEDE CRA – 10 Years Toward the Future

Capstone Event Highlights Accomplishments in Materials by Design for Protective Materials
Jan 20, 2022

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Additive Manufacturing at UD-CCM

Services for our Manufacturing and Composites Industry Partners: process development and optimization, materials development & characterization, mechanical & impact testing and product design & development.

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May 2022: ARPA-E Innovation Summit

internal Wound Rapid Automated Placement (iWRAP) system, delivers and places new high stiffness-strength composite multilayer feedstock inside existing legacy pipeline.

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UD-CCM & NASA'S IMAGINAVIATION Q & A

Listen to our TuFF Material Q&A session with Taka Kubota & Steve Crimaldi at NASA’s IMAGINAVIATION event to learn how TuFF technology is inspiring, invigorating, and impacting the aviation community.

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UD-CCM Awarded $7.8M

Air Force Research Laboratory awards UD-CCM $7.8M to demonstrate manufacturing techniques of highly aligned short fiber, multi-functional and damage tolerant thermoset composites (TuFF) for low cost attritable aircraft components.

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CMEDE Capstone Student Video

Paul Samuel, Ph.D.M.E. student, presents a brief insight on his research with Center for Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments.
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TuFF Technology is Taking Off

This core technology to revolutionize high-speed composites manufacturing to enable the flying taxis of the future, repair our nation’s infrastructure and improve manufacturing capabilities.

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$13.6M received from Army Research Lab

Program to create new composite materials, processing & manufacturing methods and/or use existing materials & manufacturing methods in novel ways to achieve new levels of lightweight, affordable, durable & multi-functional composites

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U.S. Dept. of Energy awards UD-CCM $2.5M

UD-CCM project “Circular Economy of Composites enabled by TUFF Technology” selected to tackle challenges in plastic waste - Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills.

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Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments Awards UD-CCM $1.9M for 2020-2021

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UD-CCM partners with Mikrosam

Great things happening in Automated Composite Manufacturing at the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials! We’ve selected Mikrosam & their US representative Composite Automation LLC to deliver an integrated ATP machine for automatic placement of dry, thermoset and thermoplastic tape.

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TuFF Material

World’s strongest short fiber composite material for metal replacement achieves aerospace properties, metal-like formability in zero-waste, fiber-to-parts pilot plant.

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CCM Capabilities

21st Century Design & Manufacturing

  • Basic Research
    Six research thrust areas describe Center interdisciplinary research in composites. Find out more
  • Product Development
    Provide products and services to the industry using state-of-the-art computer-aided technologies and leveraging our expertise in design and product development practices. Find out more
  • Engineering Services
    Four state-of-the-art laboratories for test and evaluation of advanced materials for a wide range of environments and conditions.
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  • TUFF Innovation
    The TuFF (Tailored Universal Feedstock for Forming) feedstock consists of a highly aligned discontinuous carbon fiber preform in thin-ply format, which can be combined with thermoplastic or thermoset resins for prepreg, or used in dry form for infusion-based manufacturing processes.
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Current Industry Consortium Members

302-831-8149 • info-ccm@udel.edu