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The Center for Advanced Polymer and Composite Engineering (CAPCE)

 

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Center for Advanced Polymer and Composite Engineering (CAPCE), an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, aims to build a base of research that will significantly advance polymer and composite manufacturing technologies. The research focuses on the manufacturing of polymeric materials via reactive liquid processing (e.g. resin transfer molding, pultrusion), melt processing (e.g. injection molding, gas-assisted injection molding, co-injection, injection-compression molding, fiber and film making, single screw and twin screw extrusion), powder molding (e.g. ultrasonic molding), and forming from sheet and bulk materials (SMC and BMC compression molding, thermoplastic stamping, fiber mat preforming). Key concerns are the interactions among materials, the design of parts, processing conditions, and product properties.

NSF's I/UCRC program features high-quality research, strong industry support, and the direct transfer of research results to U.S. industry, improving its competitive posture in world markets. With industrial and other support totaling 10-15 times the NSF investment, I/UCRCs are a premier example of how to leverage federal funding to synergize the research and development process. CAPCE fosters collaboration among researchers in industry and universities to enable rapid and continuous modernization of the industry and commercialization of new ideas, helping to maintain the United States' strong leadership position in the rapidly growing polymer industry.

 Education & Outreach

The National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program is effecting positive change in the performance capacity of the U.S. industrial enterprise. I/UCRCs feature high-quality, industrially relevant fundamental research, strong industrial support and collaboration in research and education, and direct transfer of research results technology to U.S. industry to improve its competitive posture in world markets. With industrial and other support totaling 10 to 15 times the NSF investment, I/UCRCs are a premier example for how to cost-effectively synergize research and development.

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