AIT is an academic partner in the University of Limerick based, Irish Centre for Composites Research (ICOMP). This centre carries out extensive research in the area of modelling and testing of composite materials and structures, with AIT contributing expertise in the field of thermoplastic composites. Thermoplastic composites research is an enormous field and covers areas such as automotive, biomedical and general commodity plastics components.
Dr Declan Devine has recently been awarded funding to investigate continuous fibre reinforced composites. These ultra-strong, lightweight materials are commonly found in high end engineering applications such as wind turbine blades and high end electric vehicles.