The ACSL is conducting innovative research to develop carbon fiber composites that are safe, reliable and efficient.

With some of the world’s top composite researchers and state-of-the-art facilities, research performed at the ACSL includes :

  • Damage Tolerance
  • Crashworthiness
  • Certification Methodology
  • Out-of-clave Materials & Processes
  • Multifunctional Structures
  • Conceptual Design & Rapid Prototyping


The ACSL works in close collaboration with the Advanced Composite Research Center (ACRC) in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy for the development of all carbon fiber components in the Lamborghini vehicle line-up.

To learn more about the ACRC, visit:

Capabilities of the ACSL in Seattle

  • Material system evaluation
  • Allowables generation
  • Impact testing
  • Damage tolerance testing
  • Non-destructive inspection
  • Assessment of repair quality
  • Advanced dynamic analysis
  • Compliance methods for certification
  • Advanced concept design
  • Rapid prototyping



The manufacturing area focuses on the development of out-of-autoclave composite technologies using advanced equipment and techniques


  • Hot press for prepreg and compression molding
  • Liquid resin infusion station for VaRTM
  • Autoclave for prepreg
  • Waterjet cutting machine
  • Automated prepreg cutting table
  • KUKA robots for automation
  • Hot bonder with heat blankets for repair
  • FDM 3D Rapid Prototyping machine

The static testing area provides a laboratory environment in which new carbon fiber materials and processes can be characterized and assessed.


  • Static universal test frame
  • FLIR thermo-videocamera
  • Fume hood
  • Microscopy stations
  • Ultrasonic C-scan immersion tank
  • Portable utlrasound devices
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter
  • Surface profilometer

The dynamic testing area contains state-of-the art equipment designed to test the reliability and safety of carbon-fiber materials:


  • Subsonic gas guns for impact testing
  • Lightning strike generator
  • Custom 14-foot drop tower
  • 1 Mfps Phantom high-speed camera

Academic Publications

Published work by the ACSL has had an impact on many fields of composites research, from manufacturing and testing to analysis and design. Click on the following categories to view publications: