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The IAT: Enabling Aerospace Research and Innovation for the Aerospace Sector in the UK

The global aerospace market is buoyant, to say the least. Over the next 20 years, the original equipment market is forecast to exceed $5trn globally, with services exceeding over $2trn. It is predicted that by 2033, 57,000 new fixed wing aircraft and 40,000 new helicopters will be required. The UK is at the forefront of …

Helping Creativity and Developing New Ideas and Perspectives in Support of Innovation

I heard recently that ‘innovation was often the result of the work of one or two men on their own’ -or something to that effect. There is no doubt that great individuals can have great ideas and deliver great innovations. Take Frank Whittle and the jet engine in my own area of research, aeroengine propulsion, …

TEDx – Inspiring People: Aerospace Research with Impact

I was recently invited to give a talk at a University of Nottingham TEDx event. It was a great honour but also a great pleasure to deliver such a talk on my experience of leading the development and coordination of a multidisciplinary research agenda within the field of aerospace and in support of its industry… …

Electrifying Aerospace: The Move towards a More Electric Aircraft

Last month, a large group from the University of Nottingham’s Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT) attended the More Electric Aircraft Conference (MEA 2015) in Toulouse. It was an exciting event bringing together a range of skills and individuals to discuss the future of (commercial) aerospace and the forthcoming challenges and opportunities afforded by the use …

Industry Insight: AGP Technology Showcase

This week (February 25th-26th) the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP) held its first ever Technology Showcase – “a unique event to articulate the plan to grow both the UK economy, and the UK share of the global aerospace market through investment in technology” (www.theengineer.co.uk). The University of Nottingham’s Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT) was well represented …

Industry Insight: UK Government Backs Winning Industry

Newspaper headlines have long sounded the death-knell of British manufacturing. Nevertheless, recent government announcements are testimony to how wide of the mark these headlines have been. The aerospace industry of the United Kingdom is the second- or third-largest national aerospace industry in the world, depending upon the method of measurement. The industry employs around 113,000 people directly …