Derby’s Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE) celebrates its first birthday on 22nd June, with the launch of the very latest 3D printer, a UK first. This printer will not only produce high quality, high strength, lightweight 3D components from computer generated designs, but will additionally enable the development of smart systems through embedded sensor technology, and strengthens the Institute’s capabilities in R&D for Aerospace applications including the mechanics of composite materials, advanced structures and nano-engineered hybrid design.
Further R&D support for the Aerospace Sector includes facilities and expertise in multi-domain, multi-physics analytical, numerical and modelling, simulation and design experimental verification for components, structures and systems from airframe to propulsion.
IISE further supports the sector, for example, with activities in Electrical Machines, Drives and Systems, and Power architectures for more-electric and all electric aero applications, and the application of Artificial Intelligence and Control Systems design in areas as diverse as Low Carbon airport operations, novel propulsion systems, energy recovery and aero system prognostics and diagnostics.
The Director of IISE Prof Hall says: “ It’s a most exciting time for us all in Engineering with technologies moving at a high pace. We are working closely with industry to ensure we keep up-to-date, supporting regional and national competitiveness in the market place, promoting low carbon, energy efficient design and production so that our manufacturing base is supported in meeting the global challenge of sustainability”.
The Institute was created in response to regional industrial and commercial needs, and is supported by Rolls Royce, Toyota and Bombardier. IISE has some of the best and most innovative advanced manufacturing and R&D facilities in the region for product and process development, delivering cutting-edge solutions. For more information, go to derby.ac.uk/iise.