New aerospace centre opens

The University of Nottingham confirms its position as a global leader in aerospace research with the launch of a new Institute for Aerospace Technology.

The Institute was officially opened by MAA chairman Clive Snowdon, chief executive of UMECO plc (right, with Professor Andy Long).


University of Nottingham Institute for Aerospace Technology opening

The University of Nottingham confirms its position as a global leader in aerospace research with the launch of a new Institute for Aerospace Technology.

The Institute was officially opened by MAA chairman Clive Snowdon, chief executive of UMECO plc (right, with Professor Andy Long).

The Institute is being established with funding from the European Regional Development Fund. This will support a major infrastructure investment, and a business engagement and knowledge transfer programme supporting regional small to medium-sized enterprises.

Nottingham has a substantial research portfolio related to aerospace applications and technologies, with projects valued in excess of £35million, including more than £20million in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Aerospace research at Nottingham involves more than 50 academic researchers working in internationally recognised research groups, often in partnership with leading aerospace companies including Rolls-Royce, GE, Airbus/EADS, Boeing, BAE Systems, Bombardier, GKN, and Goodrich.

Professor Andy Long, Director of the Institute, said: “The Institute for Aerospace Technology provides a strategic focus for our research and knowledge transfer activities, and will enable us to ensure that our world leading basic research is developed and applied to solve some of the key technological challenges faced by the industry.”

Current research themes for aerospace which will become a key focus for the Institute include:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Advanced materials
  • Applied optics and non-destructive evaluation
  • Electromagnetics
  • Polymer composites
  • Power electronics, machines and control
  • Satellite navigation technologies
  • Structural integrity and dynamics
  • Thermodynamics and fluid dynamics

The University’s commitment to this area of research will be underlined with the building of a large new Aerospace Technology Centre at The University of Nottingham Innovation Park, adjacent to Jubilee Campus.

The Centre, due for completion in early 2012, will be a dedicated research and knowledge transfer facility which will support development and demonstration of advanced prototype technology. Suggestions and proposals are now being invited from potential industry partners, to populate the facility.

Nottingham University Aerospace Technology Centre

Artist's impression of the new Aerospace Technology Centre