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EPSRC Reference: EP/S018034/1
Title: Future Electrical Machines Manufacturing Hub
Principal Investigator: Jewell, Professor G
Other Investigators:
Zhu, Professor Z Tiwari, Professor A Mecrow, Professor BC
Scott, Dr R Wang, Professor J Ward, Professor M
Atkinson, Dr GJ Purshouse, Dr R C McDonald, Dr A S
Morgan, Mr B
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Aerospace Technology Institute Airbus Group Limited Dyson Limited
GKN High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult Hoganas AB
Lanner Group McLaren Applied Technologies National Physical Laboratory
Protean Electric Limited Rolls-Royce Plc Romax Technology Limited
Siemens TRW Limited UTC Aerospace Systems (United Tech UK)
Department: Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Organisation: University of Sheffield
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 April 2019 Ends: 31 March 2026 Value (£): 10,306,217
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Design Engineering Electric Motor & Drive Systems
Manufacturing Machine & Plant Optoelect. Devices & Circuits
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Manufacturing
Electronics Retail
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
12 Nov 2018 Manufacturing Hubs 2018 - Interviews Announced
29 Oct 2018 Manufacturing Hubs 2018 - Sift Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
We are witnessing huge global shifts towards cleaner growth and more resource efficient economies. The drive to lower carbon emissions is resulting in dramatic changes in how we travel and the ways we generate and use energy worldwide. Electrical machines are at the heart of the accelerating trends in the electrification of transport and the increased use of renewable energy such as offshore wind. To address the pressing drivers for clean growth and meet the increasing demands of new applications, new electrical machines with improved performance - higher power density, lower weight, improved reliability - are being designed by researchers and industry. However, there are significant manufacturing challenges to be overcome if UK industry is going to be able to manufacture these new machines with the appropriate cost, flexibility and quality.

The Hub's vision is to put UK manufacturing at the forefront of the electrification revolution. The Hub will address key manufacturing challenges in the production of high integrity and high value electrical machines for the aerospace, energy, high value automotive and premium consumer sectors.

The Hub will work in partnership with industry to address some common and fundamental barriers limiting manufacturing capability and capacity: the need for in-process support to manual operations in electrical machine manufacture - e.g. coil winding, insertions, electrical connections and wiring - to improve productivity and provide quality assurance; the sensitivity of high value and high integrity machines to small changes in tolerance and the requirement for high precision in manufacturing for safety critical applications; the increasing drive to low batch size, flexibility and customisation; and the need to train the next generation of manufacturing scientists and engineers.

The Hub's research programme will explore new and emerging manufacturing processes, new materials for enhanced functionality and/or light-weighting, new approaches for process modelling and simulation, and the application of digital approaches with new sensors and Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

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