The Future Electrical Machines Manufacturing Hub, led by the University of Sheffield's Faculty of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), will work with industry on key manufacturing challenges, designing new electrical machines with higher power density, increased efficiency and improved reliability for the aerospace, energy, automotive and premium consumer sectors.
The hub is backed by £10m award from the UK's research agency, the EPSRC and includes Newcastle University and the Advanced Forming Research Centre in Strathclyde. Industrial partners include Rolls Royce, Airbus, Siemens Gamesa, GKN Aerospace, McLaren and Dyson.
“The Hub will play a crucial role in addressing key challenges around the manufacture of electrical machines and we’re delighted to be part of a strong, collaborative team whose combined talents and capabilities are at the very cutting edge of advanced technologies and digital manufacturing research," said Professor Keith Ridgway, founder and Executive Dean of the AMRC. “Electric machine design, performance and manufacture is an exciting area to work in and one which requires the strength of each of the partners if UK industry is to overcome these challenges and deliver on increasing electrification in UK manufacturing.”
“'The rapid move towards the electrification of transport and the surge in renewable energy generation is making this an exciting time for the manufacture of electrical machines in the UK. This is the first activity to combine electrical machines expertise with a broad range of manufacturing research expertise in a long-term programme of research at scale,” said Professor Geraint Jewell, Director of the EPSRC Future Electrical Machines Manufacturing Hub
The Hub will also play a role in addressing the skills shortage in electrical machine design and their manufacture, with some 30 allied PhDs projects sponsored by a combination of the host universities and industrial partners dovetailing with the Hub’s seven-year research programme.