The AMRC offers a full range of advanced manufacturing technology capabilities for the aerospace sector. We offer open-access to the latest industrial scale equipment, leading expertise and an environment of collaboration between industry, academia and government.
Working with businesses of all sizes, we help to turn ideas into commercial applications by accelerating the activity between technology concept and commercialisation.
By taking a structured approach to innovation, customers can de-risk and accelerate the introduction of new technologies, materials and processes, and improve existing ones.
We offer a range of capabilities to the aerospace sector, including:
- Additive manufacturing
- Composite manufacturing
- Design and prototyping
- Integrated digital manufacturing
- Manufacturing intelligence
- Structural testing
Achieving Jet Zero means transforming all aspects of aerospace manufacture and supply chain. We're helping to do just that, by developing new concepts with industry, scale up production and deploy globally competitive new methods of manufacture.
Lightweighting & minimising life cycle impact
We’re utilising advanced materials and technologies to take the weight out of planes, trains and automobiles to improve efficiency and reduce costs as the UK makes the transition to a low carbon economy. We are addressing ‘upstream’ emissions by minimising use of high energy content virgin materials by optimising their 'buy-to-fly' ratio and designing them so that they can be repaired, remanufacturing, de-manufacturing & recycled.
We’re developing whole product lifecycle capabilities for future hydrogen fuels cells and combustion engines and biofuel propulsion systems.
Our research into the smart applications of robotics and automation have led to partnerships with the leading names in aerospace. A collaboration with BAE Systems has de-risked a major robotics investment for the company and is now on the way to achieving significant, six figure cost savings for the company.
We have developed a virtual simulation model of the new Boeing Sheffield facility. The model will help to validate the opportunities Boeing has to increase productivity by up to 50 per cent.
Developing innovative techniques and optimized processes for machining high-performance materials, the AMRC’s Machining Group has been the engine room of some of our most transformative improvements in productivity and quality, with truly step change advances in aerospace machining for the likes of Rolls-Royce and Boeing. We achieved 50% productivity increases in the manufacture of Rolls-Royce’s discs, which made it economic for the company to invest in excess of £200 million in an advanced production plant in the North of England.
The AMRC has one of the most advanced titanium melting facilities in Europe. We broke new ground recently with the largest ceramic shell titanium casting ever created from a single pour in Europe. The news sent a clear message that the UK is now open for business for large-scale titanium casting.
Our composites team are working to find new ways of using robots to work with novel materials in a way that has never been done before. As we move rapidly towards fully electric vehicles, the lightweighting talents of the AMRC will be critical to the motor and – in time – the aerospace industry.
CERCOMP UK is a collaborative project, funded through the ATI Programme, that aims to drive the development of a UK ceramic matrix composites (CMC) supply chain to increase the use of CMC materials technology in aircraft propulsion and other UK industry sectors.
Led by the National Composites Centre with fellow High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres, the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), CERCOMP UK is an Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) funded Sprint project
For more information relating to our work in the aerospace sector, please contact Stuart Dawson, Chief Technology Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org