CFPR Ceramics Lab Experiments

An insight into the AHRC funded research experiments carried out at the Centre for Print Research Ceramics Lab.

Training the pipe: extruding curved ceramic fibre composites

A few images of recent experiments in the CFPR ceramics lab where the team are producing curved Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) pipes. Extruded ceramic pipe or profiles can generally not be bent after extrusion, it will just kink or break. But it is possible to bend or curve an extruded profile during the very moment of extrusion. The technique is known as training an extrusion and is done by hand skills in certain factories producing drainage clay-pipes. The technique is based on handling the extrusion in a particular way to restrict flow of material on one side while encouraging flow on the other. The experiments with the CMC pipes seem to work quite well using this approach, particularly when using little ‘breaks’ in the shape of half tube profiles. 

These experiments are part of an AHRC funded research project focused on exploring new approaches with ceramic extrusion. One of the objectives in the research is to draw knowledge from the manual approach of training extrusions to create a novel robotic system to curving extruded ceramic profiles from digital design data – we are still working on this concept….

Photos: T Jorgensen
Videographer: M Joyce-Badea

Robotic 3D Printing with Geopolymers

A session of experimenting with robotic 3D printing with geopolymers at the Civil engineering department at UWE. The work is part of Fahad Jamali MSc project supervised by Tanvir Qureshi.

We are currently advertising for applicants for a PhD studentship to investigate this approach further. See details here.

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