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EPSRC Reference: EP/M005607/1
Title: Strategic Partnership in Structural Metallic Systems for Gas Turbines
Principal Investigator: Stone, Dr H
Other Investigators:
Lancaster, Dr RJ Johnston, Professor RE Preuss, Professor M
Bache, Professor M R Clegg, Professor WJ Rae, Professor C
Dye, Professor D Birosca, Dr S Prakash, Dr L
Perkins, Dr KM Whittaker, Dr MT Tsakiropoulos, Professor P
Bhadeshia, Professor H Reed, Professor RC Bowen, Professor P
Quinta da Fonseca, Professor J
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr N Jones
Project Partners:
Rolls-Royce Plc
Department: Materials Science & Metallurgy
Organisation: University of Cambridge
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 October 2014 Ends: 30 September 2019 Value (£): 7,939,564
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation Materials Processing
Materials testing & eng.
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy Manufacturing
Aerospace, Defence and Marine
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The UK aerospace industry is the largest in Europe and, worldwide, second only to the US. The aerospace sector directly

supports more than 3,000 companies and provides 230,000 jobs in the UK. Importantly, most of this employment falls

outside the south-east and the average wage is above the national average. In the UK, the manufacture of gas turbine

engines represents 32% of the aerospace business and is dominated by Rolls-Royce, with 114,000 jobs supported by

Rolls-Royce and its supply chain.

This research programme brings together the universities of Birmingham, Cambridge, Imperial College, Manchester,

Oxford, Sheffield and Swansea, to perform the fundamental research required to realise new materials technologies that

will provide step-changes in the efficiency of gas turbines. This will help secure the commercial competitiveness of much of

the UK aerospace industry whilst simultaneously serving to reduce UK CO2 emissions, thereby satisfying international

legislation and decreasing the likelihood of irreversible climate change.

The research will focus on the development of the new, high performance steels, nickel, cobalt, titanium and niobium-based

alloys required for the most demanding applications with gas turbine engines. It will also seek to obtain the

fundamental understanding of the performance and degradation of these materials needed to ensure that they may be

used safely, without compromising engine performance. It will also include additional activities investigating key enabling

technologies, such as advanced joining methods and materials for turbine blade seals.

These materials technologies will be developed in close collaboration with the industrial partners to ensure that they are

matched to industrial need and that a route for commercial exploitation is available.
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