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Reference Number EP/R004951/1
Title Cornerstone: Mechanical Engineering Science to Enable Aero Propulsion Futures
Status Started
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Transport) 50%;
NOT ENERGY RELATED 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor S (Seamus ) Garvey
No email address given
Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Nottingham
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 November 2017
End Date 30 April 2023
Duration 66 months
Total Grant Value £6,143,615
Industrial Sectors Aerospace; Defence and Marine; Manufacturing
Region East Midlands
Programme Business Partnerships Fund
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor S (Seamus ) Garvey , Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham (99.981%)
  Other Investigator Professor D Nowell , Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor N Hoffmann , Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr M Vahdati , Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr C Schwingshackl , Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr L Renson , Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr N Petrinic , Engineering Science, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Professor D Hills , Engineering Science, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Professor CR Siviour , Engineering Science, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Dr D Eakins , Department of Physics (the Blackett Laboratory), Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor PH Shipway , Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr W Sun , Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr CN Eastwick , Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr TT Robinson , Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen's University Belfast (0.001%)
Professor A Murphy , Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen's University Belfast (0.001%)
Dr C Hyde , Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr K Simmons , Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr H Morvan , Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr C J Bennett , Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr R J Jefferson-Loveday , Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Rolls-Royce PLC (0.000%)
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Abstract This partnership between the University of Nottingham, Rolls-Royce, Imperial College London and the University of Oxford will undertake research in order to advance six key areas of mechanical engineering science which will enable Rolls-Royce in particular (and the UK more generally) to remain at the forefront of aircraft propulsion throughout the transition to all-electric flight.Across all modes of transport, the twin challenges of climate change and decreasing fossil fuel reserves has resulted in a concerted effort to find alternatives to traditional internal combustion engine technology. In transport sectors such as rail and automotive these challenges are increasingly being addressed through the introduction of new electric vehicle technologies which is revolutionising the market through new technologies, new market entries and new business models. Several estimates indicate that within 15 years the majority of new cars will be either all-electric or electric-hybrids with range extenders. The aerospace sector faces much greater challenges in moving towards low carbon propulsion, due in large part to the greater distances that must be covered between refuelling opportunities and the fact that battery technology has not yet developed significantly enough to address the challenges of long range travel. There is however a clear recognition across the aerospace industry that a transition to all-electric flight is both desirable and essential to the future of human mobility.Rolls-Royce recently announced their commitment to a long-term future business model underpinned by hybrid-electric and all-electric flight and this partnership will undertake some of the critical, underpinning research which will enable this step-change. In order to meet the roadmaps set out by the Aerospace Growth Partnership and the Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe dramatic progress must be made in a number of technology areas in order to achieve a transition to all-electric flight.CornerStone will advance six areas of mechanical engineering science:1. High power-density contacts2. Impact and Intelligent Failure Management3. Advanced Static & Dynamic Load Management4. Exploiting Aero-structural Interactions5. Innovations in Thermal Management6. Electro-Mechanical InteractionsThe underpinning scientific developments and their integration into aerospace engine applications will equip Rolls-Royce to lead the global aerospace industry in the journey up to and including all-electric flight. Cornerstone will enable Rolls-Royce and subsequently other UK machine manufacturers to achieve a step-change increase in the value of their products and to shift the proportion of added-value away from pure manufacturing towards intelligent design.
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