Cranfield University joins Royce as an Associate Partner

The Henry Royce Institute for advanced materials (Royce) is delighted to announce that Cranfield University has joined the Institute as an Associate Partner.

Cranfield joins forces with Royce to share state-of-the-art equipment and world-class expertise across combined national networks, offering facilities to make, test and characterise materials, components and systems in game-changing research areas. The Associate Partnership with Cranfield will further boost Royce capability to develop high performance coatings for use in key strategic sectors such as aerospace and power generation.

Professor Dame Helen Atkinson DBE FREng, Pro-Vice-Chancellor – School of Aerospace, Transport Systems and Manufacturing, at Cranfield University said:

“Cranfield University’s innovative facilities and track record in developing advanced materials have a key role in addressing the evolving materials challenges that many sectors face.  We’re delighted to join Royce and bring our capability to furthering research, and developing systems for a sustainable society.”

Royce CEO, Professor David Knowles added:

“Cranfield University is joining Royce as an Associate Partner thanks to its world-leading capabilities across both research and facilities, and a clear alignment with our Research Areas in the development of materials systems for demanding environments. Cranfield will contribute significant expertise in the development of advanced materials and support our core facilities offer to industry and academia.”

Cranfield joins forces with Royce’s Founding Partners – the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London, as well as the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), and will benefit from a direct link to the institute’s academic and industrial community, supporting national R&D requirements and readiness.

About the Cranfield University facilities

The National High Temperature Surface Engineering Centre (NHTSEC) at Cranfield University is a world-leading centre of excellence in design and manufacture of high temperature coatings and assessment of materials performance. The core competencies of NHTSEC include high temperature coatings design and manufacture (PVD, EB-PVD, CVD, Thermal spray and electroplating), materials performance assessment (oxidation, corrosion, stress-corrosion, corrosion fatigue and erosion) in tailored environments (including hydrogen) and oxidation and corrosion life modelling.

These capabilities have enabled NHTSEC to undertake a wide range of national, European, and international research and development work for aerospace, power generation and other industrial sectors over many years as well as supporting future generations of engineers and scientists with PhD and Masters’ projects.

These world-leading capabilities complement University of Manchester facilities which house Technology Platforms for advanced coating technology and performance, high-temperature coating deposition, High Pressure High Temperature (HTHP) degradation environments and In-situ ageing characterization, all aligned to the Royce Materials Systems for Demanding Environments Research Area.


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