Pioneering research centre near Rugby to launch future of aviation - The Rugby Observer

Pioneering research centre near Rugby to launch future of aviation

Andy Morris 25th Jul, 2017   0

THE FUTURE of aviation is taking shape at a new research centre near the town where Frank Whittle developed the jet engine 80 years ago.

Junior Business Minister Richard Harrington and Rugby MP Mark Pawsey officially opened the new High Temperature Research Centre (HTRC) at Ansty Park.

Home to over 100 researchers, technicians and associates, the HTRC will work on the next generation of pioneering aero-engine development.

The facility, based alongside the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), is a joint venture between the University of Birmingham and Rolls Royce.

HTRC has already secured what it described as ‘substantial funding’ for research, including investment by Rolls-Royce and a government grant through the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s UK Research Partnership Investment Fund.

Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, said: “This critical partnership provides an unparalleled opportunity to accelerate manufacturing research in the UK.

“Our bold and ambitious approach in the construction of this facility builds on the University’s long-standing track-record in casting, materials, engineering and manufacturing to develop next generation technologies.”

Mr Harrington said: “This Centre, supported by government funding of £20m, provides a unique opportunity for collaboration between researchers, designers and manufacturers to develop and adopt novel and advanced manufacturing technologies for high temperature materials.

“As well as helping companies like Rolls-Royce develop greener and more efficient aero-engines in the future, it will assist companies more widely across manufacturing sectors.”

Mr Pawsey added: “Investments such as this in the future of high tech manufacturing are key to retaining Britain’s status as a leader in engineering innovation.

“Many of my constituents don’t realise we have this fantastic facility on our doorstep, building on the West Midlands’ proud history of engineering and manufacturing.

“Investment such as this will help to deliver the technological breakthroughs of tomorrow.”


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