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May 2007 edition

Rolls-Royce celebrates double boost for next generation aircraft research

Rolls-Royce has further increased its capabilities to develop next generation aircraft with the opening of two new technology facilities in the U.K. to boost research into electrical systems and into composites.

The University of Manchester has unveiled a £1 million experimental facility, which will boost the development of high tech electrical systems for aeroplanes, ships and energy generation. It will complement the existing Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) and will develop and evaluate ultra-compact and intelligent electrical networks for use in a range of products including Uninhabited Autonomous Vehicles (UAVs).

The Manchester initiative follows the opening of a new UTC in composites at the University of Bristol to further develop this technology for future products across the aerospace, marine and energy markets.

Since 1990, Rolls-Royce has established a global network of 29 University Technology Centres. Initially UTCs were established mostly in the U.K., but in recent years they have been founded in the U.S., Norway, Sweden, Italy, Germany and Singapore. Each addresses a key technology; but collectively they tackle a wide range of engineering disciplines, from combustion and aerodynamics to noise and manufacturing technology.

Rolls-Royce’s research links with Germany include work programmes with several universities and with DLR, the national aeros....

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