A team of engineers from Morson Projects will be supporting the new Advanced Design of Composites Structures for Future Combat Aircraft (ADCoSCA) programme as a select group of businesses come together to explore the art of the possible for the next generation of lightweight, strong and resilient combat aircraft utilising the advantages of composite materials.
The NCC and the Defence Science Technology Laboratory (Dstl) are leading the programme through their joint steering group and wider community, which brings together the greatest minds from academia, leading defence primes, SMEs and other parties outside of the traditional defence sector.
There are two primary aims of this joint ADCoSCA programme:
- To develop airframe design concepts through trades studies and worked examples
- To systematically collate and develop the underpinning data upon which the airframe design trades are built, including the performance of composite materials and features, and to identify and mitigate those features that are constraining performance and cost.
Syd Carson, Director at Morson Projects shares:
“Morson Projects have over 40 years’ experience delivering composite designs for the aerospace industry in the UK and overseas.
“We are delighted to have been selected as a trusted partner to support the NCC and Dstl as they seek to innovate, improve and deliver the next generation of UK aircraft capability.
“Our team have a real breadth of experience and knowledge built across many years of providing aerospace engineering consultancy and solutions for clients. This programme provides a fantastic platform for a group of our industry-leading engineers to look back at what we have previously achieved and apply our learnings from these projects to enhance the future of UK aircraft design.”
Stuart Donovan-Holmes, Head of Defence & Space at The National Composites Centre:
“The NCC has selected Morson Projects, due to its wealth of expertise and clear ambition in supporting the vision of the ADCoSCA programme. Supporting our partner Dstl with delivering step changes in the technology used to enhance the military capability for our Front Line Commands.”
More about the programme:
The UK needs to be at the forefront of cutting-edge technology with its defence and combat capabilities to support our national security interests, to protect our people, and to safeguard our prosperity. Investing in advanced research across the range of potential combat aircraft concepts is essential to ensure the defence and security needs of our front-line commands are met. This spans next-generation manned combat aircraft, unmanned adjuncts, and the associated range of development and procurement approaches.
Composites are used in all areas of modern society to make things lighter, stronger, smarter, more durable, and more sustainable. High performance vehicles including modern fighter jets and Formula 1 cars are 80% made from composite materials, which equates to 40% of the total weight for the jet and just 25% for the Formula 1 car. This proves just how effective composites are, however, we know that composite technologies still have a lot more to offer. The NCC and Dstl will innovate, push boundaries and exploit composite technologies for combat aircraft even further through this new partnership.