Doctoral Training Partnership(DTP) in Structural Metallic Systems for Gas Turbine Applications-universities of Cambridge,Swansea and Birmingham.

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: Metallurgy and Materials


This Doctoral Training Partnership is between the universities of Cambridge,Swansea and Birmingham.Dwindling resources and climate change are forcing engineering designers to utilise materials and energy supplies with ever-greater efficiency. It is argued that cuts in CO2 emissions of between 60-90% must be achieved if irreversible climate change is to be avoided. At present, almost all aircraft propulsion and over 1/3 of the UK's total generating capacity rely on gas turbines. Their flexibility and efficiency compared with the alternatives mean that their use in power generation is predicted to dramatically increase for the foreseeable future. Similarly, a substantial growth in air travel is also predicted with passenger numbers forecast to double or triple by 2050. Achieving drastic reductions in the emissions from gas turbines, without bring national economic activity to a standstill, requires urgent activity on a very wide number of fronts. This is particularly important for the UK. It has Europe's largest gas turbine industry, second only to the US, including major engine makers, such as Rolls-Royce, Alstom and Siemens, together with approximately 3,000 companies supplying alloys, high integrity components, such as discs, blades and shafts, as well as coatings and seals. The industry as a whole employs over 400,000 people and generates 2 billion in exports in the power sector alone.EPSRC and Rolls-Royce plc have established a Strategic Partnership in the field of Structural Metallic Systems for Gas Turbine Applications with two key aims:i) To undertake the fundamental materials research necessary to improve the efficiency and environmental sustainability of gas turbine engines.ii) To train the next generation of world-class materials scientists and metallurgical engineers in structural metallic systems that will be critical to the future health of the discipline in UK academia and industry. Both these aims meet key UK needs in research and training as identified in the International Review of Materials 2008, the RAE Recommendations and the EPSRC EngD Review 2008. They also form an integral part of the propulsion roadmap of the Materials and Structures National Technical Committee of the Aerospace and Defence knowledge transfer network.


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