Our research benefits from and contributes substantially to technology transfer between academia and industry. Several national centres, industrial units, interdisciplinary research centres and spin-off companies are operating under the umbrella of Engineering and the Environment.
The Airbus Noise Technology Centre (ANTC) was opened in 2008 as a result of a long-standing collaboration between Airbus and the University. The Centre's goal is to try to meet the industry's target of cutting perceived aircraft noise in half by 2020 and to eliminate all noise nuisance outside airport boundaries, as set out by the Advisory Council for Aeronautical Research in Europe. This requires advanced research and development across a range of new technologies, and at double the rate of progress than previously.
The Performance Sport Engineering Laboratory (PSEL) works in partnership with the Research and Innovation team at the English Institute of Sport. Olympic GB athletes, leading motorsport and sailing teams have benefited from new insights into the performance, thanks to the University's specialist engineers.
The work under the LRF UTC comprises three principal themes, namely:
- in better understanding the effects of the hull shaping on the loads and motions of the vessel, e.g. hydrodynamics;
- towards optimal use of materials in safe and reliable structural topologies, e.g. structural mechanics; and
- through better integration of different systems within the ship to enhance functionality.
All the three themes will of course be aimed at increased awareness of environmental issues that are likely to affect ship operations in the future.
Established in 2005 as the only one of its kind in the UK, the Microsoft Institute for High Performance Computing works to push state-of-the-art technologies to tackle real-world scientific and engineering problems in the aerospace, automotive, bioengineering, marine and telecommunications sectors.
The Network Rail SUP for Future Infrastructure Systems focuses on railway track and the civil engineering assets that support it. Fundamental research and a linked understanding of the engineering, economic and environmental performance of railway infrastructure are being applied to increase railway infrastructure resilience and reduce maintenance. Science based but practically applicable work on new and existing materials and techniques, consideration of whole life cost and improved, efficient design all lead to greater safety, cost efficiency and reliability. The ultimate aim is a sustainable asset contributing to an overall reduction in carbon emissions and cost, and improved capacity and user experience.
The Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) for Computational Engineering applies modern computational tools, methods and environments to problems in aerospace engineering and related fields for the benefit of Rolls-Royce. It has particular expertise in the fields of design search, robustness, optimisation, cost-modelling and the use of advanced geometry manipulation schemes.
The Rolls-Royce UTC in Gas Turbine Noise is supported by Rolls-Royce to develop and improve noise technology, products and processes of application to Rolls-Royce turbofan engines. This includes work on the generation, propagation and acoustic treatment of fan noise and the integration of noise reduction technology into the design of nacelles, fundamental studies of broadband fan and jet noise, and the development of innovative measurement techniques to characterize the noise generated by turbofan engines in the far and near field. Much of the research is undertaken in partnership with Rolls-Royce as part of larger UK and European research projects. The Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Gas Turbine Noise is part of the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research
Royal National Lifeboat Institution Advanced Technology Partnership on maritime engineering and safety (RNLI ATP)
Set up in 2001, the Partnership aims to develop research and education on subjects of common interest, and to raise the profile of the engineering sciences as an essential function in the design, build and operation of high-performance marine craft such as those used by the RNLI.