New technologies for the aero engine supply chain

Rolls-Royce, Derby

This event will showcase new technologies being developed for aero engines (and other applications) by UK companies supported by NATEP, a national programme in which aerospace supply chain companies are developing more than 100 new technologies for the UK and global aerospace industry.

These projects encompass new product and process technologies and span the whole product lifecycle from design to manufacturing and to MRO.

Rolls-Royce is the end user on 12 of the projects and has kindly agreed to host this event at its superb Learning and Development Centre in Derby. The day will be opened by Simon Burr, Director, Engineering & Technology - Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce.

The event will provide a forum for aerospace supply chain companies that are working on one of the 100+ NATEP projects related to aero engine technologies (and other applications) to present some of their new ideas to the wider world in a supportive environment that includes potential customers, other NATEP companies and other aerospace industry stakeholders. There will be formal presentations, and NATEP project companies will have stands where they can talk to you about what their companies and their new technologies can offer. 


To download the full agenda click here.

Abridged agenda

8:00: Registration and coffee

Introductions and welcomes. Dr. Andrew Mair, Chief Executive, Midlands Aerospace Alliance
Future engine concepts at Rolls-Royce. Simon Burr, Director, Engineering and Technology - Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce.
Why a National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) for aerospace suppliers? Dr. Andrew Mair
Failure modelling of high strength aluminium alloy
Reducing the weight of aircraft seats with novel miniature actuators
Understanding distortion and residual stress in manufacturing
Automating the translation to new ILS (integrated logistics solutions) standards
How the primes and tier 1s have supported NATEP. Bridget Day, Deputy Programme Director, NATEP
Towards integrated support for the UK aerospace supply chain. Andy Page, Chair, NATEP National Steering Board and Chief Executive, Sharing in Growth

11:00: BREAK

11:30: PARALLEL SESSION 1: NATEP projects with actual or potential application in aero engine supply chain
Reducing the cost of software verification through test automation
Improving safety with control system software verification tools
Better reliability, performance and cost with configurable double-sided cooled power electronics modules
Better aero engine efficiency applying novel piezoelectric materials to engine controls

11:30: PARALLEL SESSION 2: NATEP composites projects (some with actual and potential application in aero engine supply chain)
New ways to process continuously reinforced advanced composite thermoplastics
How to inhibit delamination in CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastic) composites
New weight-saving fasteners for composites
Designing and manufacturing low-mass composite mould tools

12:30: LUNCH

Reducing size, weight and cost by writing electrical circuits onto 3D aerospace structures with lasers
Digital closed-loop systems for smaller, more accurate, more responsive flight controls with less internal leakage
Improved yield and quality in manufacture of multi-chip module electronic devices through plasma cleaning
Measuring temperatures in extreme aerospace environments using optical sensors

Keynote: Developments in Composites at GKN Aerospace. Ben Davies, Composites Research Engineer, GKN Aerospace
Innovative fusion welding of thermoplastic composites for aerospace
Repeatable, cost-effective bending of composite pipes

Using thermal history paints to measure engine temperatures
More design scope for aluminium investment castings using water soluble ceramics
Improving consistency and throughput of measurement in manufacturing by automating gauge-block calibration
Designing "smart" hydraulic hand tools for aerospace manufacturing
Future technology directions and requirements in aero engines for the supply chain. Robin Hill, Engineering Fellow - High Integrity Electronics, Head of Strategy and Innovation, Rolls-Royce, Steve Dennison, Head of Research and Technology, Control Systems, Rolls-Royce
How Rolls-Royce acquires new capabilities by working with the supply chain. Chris Bradford, ‎Chief of Externals - Centre of Competence, Rolls-Royce

16:00: END


NATEP in brief

NATEP is a £40million programme supported by £23m of Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative funding. The MAA designed a programme to work across UK aerospace clusters based on its own previous very successful ATEP programmes (2006-12) run in the Midlands. NATEP runs from October 2013 to September 2017. It supports aerospace supply chain companies to develop innovative technologies, working in collaboration with others and supported by higher tier companies. It is equipping them to win new business with existing companies and to diversify their customer base, including in export markets. It also injects R&D capabilities that will contribute to a company’s long-term competitiveness and sustainability.

Book your place now

All bookings are being made via this Midlands Aerospace Alliance website. The event is free and you do not have to be a member of the MAA or another aerospace organisation to attend. If the event is over-subscribed we may have to restrict the number of attendees per company.