Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering


Collaborative research programmes with Rolls-Royce, Caterpillar, Lotus, Jaguar / Land Rover

The Department has excellent links with some of the world’s top engineering companies.

Rolls-Royce UTC

For over 20 years we have worked in partnership with Rolls-Royce developing advanced technology. Research projects are focused on solving a range of combustion system and gas turbine internal aerodynamic problems.

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.

Full details of the UTC's people and activities can be found at our dedicated website.


We collaborate with Caterpillar UK Ltd on research to investigate new technologies for future Caterpillar products. This has led to the creation of an Innovation and Research Centre at Loughborough University, the first collaboration of its type with Caterpillar in Europe.

Read more about our collaboration with Caterpillar


We have a long term collaborative research partnership with Lotus Engineering to develop engine combustion technologies. This allows us to focus on the important issue of increasing fuel economy and reducing emissions with acceptable system costs.

Read more about our collaborative partnership with the Lotus Group

Jaguar / Land Rover (JLR)

We are established as a principal research partner with JLR in a number of technology areas. We also have a role in the training and development of JLR engineers through the Technical Accreditation Scheme at JLR.

Read more about our research partnership with Jaguar Land Rover.