Monday, October 17, 2016

News: Prepare for take-off at the AMRC

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Top aerospace companies will be landing at University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing this week as the Sheffield Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) hold their 150th anniversary celebrations.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham and a partner in the HVM Catapult (the Government's strategic initiative that aims to revitalise the manufacturing industry), the AMRC focuses on advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other high-value manufacturing sectors. It is a partnership between industry and academia, which has become a model for research centres worldwide.

The RAeS exists to further the advancement of aeronautical art, science and engineering around the world. Celebrating the society's formation in 1866 as the world's only professional body dedicated to the aerospace community, the Sheffield branch will be looking back 150 years, and forward up to 50 years with events on the theme of "innovative firsts" in aerospace.

Members of the public are invited to check into the arrivals lounge of the pop-up airport at the AMRC and check out the two "hangers" of demonstrations, exhibits and information stands telling the rich history and future of aviation and the aerospace industry in the local area.

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Guests such as Boeing, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, the Royal Air Force, South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, the Vulcan to the Sky Trust and Avian Hang Gliders will be on site, showcasing the technologies and innovations in aerospace technology that have defined the progression of aviation.

There will be outdoor displays about heritage aircraft and engines to enjoy, including display engines such as a sectioned Merlin Mk3 and Adour jet engine from Rolls-Royce Heritage, a replica 1916 Blackburn seaplane, a fully restored Westland Whirlwind cockpit and more.

The AMRC has worked on research projects including developing the "Wing of the Future" with Airbus, helping GKN to create lighter aircraft structures, and making a £7m+ investment in large scale titanium castings. The AMRC and the University of Sheffield are amongst a number of partners who carry out research and development to reduce carbon emissions by using lightweight composite materials to make Rolls-Royce engines.

Craig Atkins, a development engineer at the AMRC, is a committee member of the Sheffield branch of RAeS and will be presenting on the evening.

Atkins said: "The event will bring together engineers and non-engineers to celebrate aviation history and achievements. They will have an opportunity to talk with representatives from industry, tour and learn more about the AMRC and discuss local aviation with museum staff, volunteers and members of the aviation community in the Sheffield region."

The celebrations open to the public from 5pm on Tuesday October 18.

AMRC website

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