Advanced Composite Structures Australia, Smart Fibres sign cooperation agreement

ACS will work with Smart Fibres' Fibre Bragg Gratin technology to develop high-quality process control systems for composites manufacturing.

Advanced Composite Structures Australia (ACS, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) and Smart Fibres Ltd. (Bracknell, Bershire, U.K.), a company that provides optical fiber sensing technology, have announced the signing of a Heads of Agreement that begins a cooperative relationship regarding the use of sensing technology in composites applications worldwide.

Andrew Gunnion, operations and sustainment program manager at ACS Australia, notes, "With the increased use of composites in remote and critical applications such as off-shore wind turbine blades and oil and gas pipelines, the ability to monitor the health of the structure is proving to be of significant value for the end-user."

Leveraging the broad experience and global presence of both companies, this agreement reportedly will allow the composites community to take advantage of a unique service in a variety of markets and applications.

ACS Australia provides engineering products, services and technical expertise to companies looking for a competitive advantage in a variety of markets including aerospace, defence, automotive, renewable energy and oil and gas.

Smart Fibres offers Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG)-based monitoring systems and has a range of FBG fibre-optic sensor and interrogator products and a wealth of applications knowledge,