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Advance Composites Manufacturing facilities

One of the largest dedicated composite materials manufacturing and testing facilities in Australia.
Filament winder equipment


Spearheaded by its Centre for Future Materials, the University of Southern Queensland boasts one of Australia’s largest dedicated composite materials manufacturing and testing facilities.

Key equipment includes:

  • Australia’s most advanced 8-axis filament winder to support pressure vessel and ultra-high temperature oxide processing research and development. See it in action.
  • Dual layer robotic braiding facility capable of manufacturing high performance complex tubular composite structures for aerospace, defence, and space applications.
  • Resin infusion composite manufacturing: Aerospace grade composite manufacturing and characterisation equipment.
  • Process and in-service sensing systems including the only system in the world for 16,000 node pressure sensor mats for monitoring pressure evolution in vacuum and autoclave processing (0 to 12 bar).
  • A Dielectric Analysis to monitor internal laminate cure progression and a full field digital image correlation strain mapping system.
  • Industrial size pultrusion machine, capable of processing via resin bath or resin injection techniques, also able to be paired with the dual ring braider to enable pull-braided structures to be manufactured.

Centre for Future Materials also specialises in fire and thermal performance with a full fire testing and analysis suite, including a blast furnace which reaches 3500° to simulate harsh rocket exhaust environments.

  • Cone Calorimeter – FTT iCone Classic
  • Limited Oxygen Index – FTT Oxygen Index
  • Horizontal/Vertical Burning Chamber – FTT UL94 Chamber
  • Smoke Density and Smoke Toxicity – Govmark Smoke Chamber
  • Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry – Shimadzu Py-GC/MS

To learn more, contact the Centre for Future Materials.