Rolls-Royce UTC in Combustion System Aerothermal Processes
Mission statement: To provide Rolls-Royce with advances in understanding and design capability in the field of Combustion Aerodynamics and Aerothermal Technology"
The Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Combustion System Aerothermal Processes represents a strong strategic partnership between academia and industry. The core aim of research conducted in the Loughborough UTC is to understand the complex aerodynamic processes occurring within gas turbine combustion systems and other related engine components. In line with this the research provides enhanced knowledge of the fundamental physics, the development of new and innovative methodologies (both computational and experimental), equipment, technologies, and cross-disciplinary approaches. Ultimately the research enables Rolls-Royce plc. (and the UK aero engine industry) to develop new and improved gas turbines engines that will meet future economic and environmental targets.
Officially established in 1991 it has continued to grow and now has an annual research income of circa. £2M, roughly distributed between the EPSRC, EU, TSB and Rolls-Royce. In 2008 the UTC opened a new state-of-the-art £3m Unsteady Fluid Mechanics laboratory which provided enhanced capability and capacity. Over 12 test facilities are now available providing researchers with the opportunity to operate test rigs of various sizes and over a range of temperatures and pressures. Led by Professor Jon Carrotte the UTC consists of 7 permanent University academic staff members (including 1 sponsored Rolls-Royce post), 1 Research Fellow, 1 Senior Experimental Officer, 4 Technicians, 1 Business Manager (with part-time Administrator), 10 post-doc and 2 pre-doc researchers, and 10 PhD Students. The core staff have over 90 years of experience in the UTC between them, and many more in their own fields of research. In total the group has supervised in excess of 50 successful PhD candidates and the group's combined research activities has led to over 180 journal publications, 260 conference papers and the award of 6 worldwide patents (with a further 5 active patent applications).