The Regulations, Codes & Standards Working Group is chaired by Graham Sims of the NPL. Graham has 50 years experience, drafting 20+ international standards, in composites. The RCSWG works across the Sector Groups to identify specific areas that would benefit from RCS development.
Aim: “to facilitate the entrance of composites into the market through education, forming testing methodologies and the development of appropriate regulations, codes and standards that support composite use and remove existing roadblocks”
Recent and ongoing activity
The RCSWG has recently reviewed UK – led ISO standardisation including a Standard Qualification Plan (SQP) resulting in a standardised database; along with a BEIS funded study of existing standards in all sectors, particularly auto / aero / construction, which will lead to a Good Practice Guide that can support the use of composites in existing and new applications.
- Gaps and barriers identified by reviews undertaken by Southampton U., NPL, and BSI
- Need for design codes for composite structural usage clearly identified for light-weighting (Auto. Const.)
- Clear need for standardised composites qualification and data procedures (UK led ISO 20144:2019)
- Standards needed for key topics such as process related measurements (reviewed by NPL/NCC)
- Guidance needed on through-life aspects, including maintenance, repair, end-of-life and recycling etc
- Composites UK
Graham Sims, NPL Ltd
Katerina Busuttil, BSI