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The Cluster’s organised small delegation visit to the Advanced Manufacturing R&D Centre in Sheffield as well as the Composites Centre in Bristol is around the corner.

With the view to establish deeper ties and  business opportunities, the Cluster has arranged to take a small delegation – as guests of the British High Commission –  to the UK from 19 June.

The visit will include The AMRC Composite Centre in Sheffield – a state-of-the-art facility for advanced composite manufacturing research and development, based in a dedicated extension to the AMRC Factory of the Future.

In parallel to the AMRC’s legacy expertise in metallic component manufacture, the AMRC Composite Centre is looking at using cutting edge methods to produce ultralight weight components from the newer composite materials. These materials are increasingly used in aerospace, marine, automotive and other high-value industries because they offer high strength and light weight, but they also present a host of manufacturing challenges.

Research focuses on producing and machining composite components, including hybrid parts combining high-performance metals and composites in a single structure. These structures can provide significant weight savings while maintaining the highest material and structural performance, offering improved fuel efficiency for aerospace and other transport applications.

Main research area themes are:
Automated production, Composite machining, Advanced curing and Novel materials and processes

In October last year The University of Sheffield opened three new multi-million pound research centres in the region, with the aim to further boost the city’s reputation as a hub for advanced engineering.

The centres will allow businesses to gain access to university research expertise and test out 4IR technologies such as AI, sensor technology, big data and robotics.

The centres – the Royce Translational Centre (RTC), the Laboratory for Verification and Validation (LVV), and the Integrated Civil and Infrastructure Research Centre (ICAIR) –  are located within the Sheffield City Region’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District.

Working with companies to help develop new technologies, the centres will use research to cut costs and lead times which could potentially transform industrial processes and businesses.

The three facilities form part of a £47m investment, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the University of Sheffield.

The site is already home to the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Factory 2050 – the UK’s first advanced factory, dedicated to conducting collaborative research, component manufacturing and developing machining technologies.

Royce Translational Centre (RTC)
•    The RTC has been set up to evolve novel materials and processing techniques developed by research teams and make them accessible for trial by industry.
•    The Royce Translational Centre is home to [email protected] and the metals research group of AMRC, the National Metals Technology Centre (NAMTEC).
Metron Advanced Equipment Limited, based in Derbyshire, is working with the RTC to produce parts for aerospace and automotive applications from Titanium Aluminides (TiAl) using additive manufacturing.

Laboratory for Verification and Validation (LVV)
•    This facility will enable research into the design and operation of advanced engineering structures when exposed to real-world vibration and environmental conditions. This will allow testing of both full structures (such as automobiles) and substantial components of for example, aircraft and wind turbines.
•    Experimental data, computer modelling and machine learning will allow industry to produce lighter, safer designs for a range of industrial sectors.
LVV has partnered with Sheffield-based Magnomatics, through the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Dynamics Research Group (DRG), this focuses on testing the vibration performance of their magnetic gear components.

Magnomatics will now be able to use the environmental chambers at the LVV to test under extreme conditions such as temperatures of plus and minus 50 degrees.

Integrated Civil and Infrastructure Research Centre (ICAIR)
•    This facility will enable experimental tests for investigating both underground and above ground constructed infrastructure.
•    It can integrate data, AI, robotics and advanced manufacturing techniques to the field of infrastructure.
ICAIR has worked with Sheffield’s Environmental Monitoring Solutions (EMS) to manage the increased risk of urban flooding caused by climate change.

The AI-based technology called CENTAUR means that sewer flow control systems can be managed at a local level, providing better protection using the same infrastructure.

Source | AMRC