University of Nottingham's Chinese aero engine research centre

The University of Nottingham is developing a new University Innovation Centre (UIC) with Chinese aerospace company ACAE (AVIC Commercial Aircraft Engine Company Limited).

Research will include investigating impact damage on composite materials, as well as research into thermal barrier coatings to help improve the performance of engine components such as turbine blades.


The University of Nottingham is developing a new University Innovation Centre (UIC) with Chinese aerospace company ACAE (AVIC Commercial Aircraft Engine Company Limited).

Research will include investigating impact damage on composite materials, as well as research into thermal barrier coatings to help improve the performance of engine components such as turbine blades.

The University Innovation Centre being developed with ACAE follows on from a framework agreement which was signed with ACAE and their parent company, AVIC, earlier this year. AVIC is already sponsoring a group of around 20 of its own employees, who are undertaking postgraduate and masters studies at The University of Nottingham.

Dr Victor Wang, the R&D Director of ACAE, visited Nottingham to witness the contract being signed by the University and to take the documents back to China for signatures. Dr Wang said: “This really is an historic moment for ACAE, as it is the first time we have collaborated with a British University. The University of Nottingham has an excellent reputation for its work in engineering and aerospace, and I am confident that our work with them will enable us to further develop our products and help to give us a competitive advantage in our market.”

Professor Andy Long, who is the executive director of the Innovation Centre, said: “The partnership with ACAE is a very exciting development for the University. We have significant expertise in the aerospace sector, and this agreement means that we will be able to further enhance our understanding of composite materials and thermal barrier coatings in this area, leading to the development of new technologies.”

The University of Nottingham is also building a new Aerospace Technology Centre, to strengthen links with global aerospace firms and increase the amount of industrial research undertaken by the University in the sector. The Centre aims to consolidate The University of Nottingham’s position as an internationally leading institution for aerospace research.

Speaking about the University’s work in the aerospace industry, Professor Chris Rudd, the University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor for Business Engagement and Knowledge Transfer, said: “China, together with other Asian economies will drive global civil aerospace growth over the next decade. We recognise that there is a tremendous opportunity for us to build close partnerships with ACAE and AVIC, to help develop innovative new solutions for them. I am sure that this will be just the start of a long and mutually beneficial collaboration between our two organisations.”