Dr Terry McGrail
Dr Terry McGrail
Director, Technology Leader
Irish Centre for Composites Research (IComp)
Dr Terry McGrail has been Director and Technology Leader of the Irish Composites Centre (IComp) since 2010. He has strong industrial R&D experience with ICI plc and Cytec Engineered Materials Ltd focused on fibres, polymers and composites for aerospace and F1.
He was visiting professor in Materials Engineering from 2002 to 2010 at the University of Sheffield as well as Director of Strategic Technology for Composites at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC) from 2006 to 2008, also at Sheffield. From 1998 to 2004 he was visiting professor in Polymer Chemistry at the University of York. For his outstanding contribution to the science and technology of composites, he was awarded the Burchall Medal by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2009, the Leslie Holliday Prize by the Institute of Materials in 2018 and the Cytec Certificate of Excellence for Leadership in Innovation in 2005.
Terry was a member of the EPSRC peer review college until 2015. From 1985 to 2009 he initiated, obtained funding for and participated in PhD and Postdoctoral projects at 35 different universities across the UK, Europe, the USA and Japan. His publications include over 20 international conference papers, 47 peer-reviewed literature publications and 48 patents which have ring-fenced areas of science and technology for ICI, Cytec Engineered Materials and the University of Limerick. A number of his patents have been very successfully exploited commercially, resulting in the creation of major new industrial products and processes revolutionising aircraft construction as well as creating many jobs worldwide. These patents include:
- Cycom 977 range of industry standard composite prepregs used in the construction of, for example, the US Navy F15 plane, the USAF F22 Raptor and the F35 Joint Strike Fighter, Airbus A380, Boeing 787 and many Formula 1 cars
- Cycom 970 composite prepreg used for cladding honeycomb structures on the tail section of the Boeing 777 and 787
- Cycom PriformÔ 3D fibre preforms, based on unique soluble thermoplastic fibre toughening technology, for the manufacture of damage resistant composite structures using Resin Transfer Moulding – currently used on the Airbus A330 and A340 and the Boeing 787