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Developing new approaches to enable lighter, more cost and fuel efficient composite aero-structures.

CerTest is a 5 year multidisciplinary project with £6.9m funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research council (EPSRC) programme grant scheme, led by the University of Bristol with partners at the University of Bath, University of Exeter and University of Southampton.

The overarching aim of CerTest is to develop the scientific foundation that enables lighter, safer and more cost efficient composite aerostructures. The research will result in a new approach for integrated high-fidelity structural testing and multi-scale statistical modelling through Design of Experiments (DoE) and Bayesian Learning.  The efficient exploitation and optimisation of advanced composite aero-structures is fundamentally prohibited by current test, simulation and certification approaches, and CerTest seeks to break this impasse by holistically addressing the challenges that are preventing step-changes in future engineering design by reshaping the ‘Testing Pyramid’.

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Research Challenges

The vision of the Programme Grant is realised through 4 flexible and highly interlinked and interdependent Research Challenges – utilising a multi-scale approach drawing on the expertise from the different project partners.


We’re working with leading Industry experts

The Programme Grant is supported by 4 industrial partners from the UK aerospace industry. It is also supported by the HVMCs though the NCC and collaboration with The Alan Turing Institute.