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1 Rolls-Royce in partnership with Academia Presented by Phil Ruffles Engineering Professors Congress, Cardiff University 6 th April 2004

2 Why do research in academia ? Industry benefits - Access to high intellectual capability Continuity and independence of thought Cost - partially funded overheads/leverage Academia benefits – Opportunity to work on technically challenging, real problems across a broad data base Attractive cross-cultural working environment for University staff and students

3 Academy - Industry collaboration - Why a better approach was needed Pre-1990 –>80 Rolls-Royce / university links in the UK (different departments / research teams) –Largely based on personal links, with no security of future funding –Few with real critical mass - staff or investment –Supporting infrastructure / facilities limited - difficult to argue for priority investment in any one academic group –Duplication between research teams…inevitable ? –Additional - but low - level of activity in mainland Europe and USA (critical mass taken to mean a minimum of 6 researchers involved in a single field of relevant study preferably co-located)

4 Strategic Research –Emerging or as yet unproven technologies –Beyond scope of current business plans –Often applicable to range of products and services Applied Research –Development of generic capability –Product focused research –Testing of real components Technology Validation –Validation of integrated packages of technology –Aims to provide off-the-shelf capability Blended Wing Body ANTLE Demonstrator Types of research Fuel Cells

5 RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMME Technology Validation Generic Project Specific Research and Technology Management Product Realisation Full Concept Definition New Product Planning Production Service Support Disposal New Capability Realisation Facilities People/skills Supply Chain Infrastructure R&T Strategy Planning Rolls-Royce Strategic Intent UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY CENTRES Applied Research Global Academic Network Strategic Research

6 Rolls-Royce University Technology Centres Centres of Excellence in specific technology fields –Concentration of activity into fewer, larger centres –Based around groups with proven track records –May be a partnership between institutes 5 year rolling contract covering business and technical goals –Security of funding enables recruitment of high quality staff –Formal IPR agreement to meet needs of both RR and UTC –Formal performance review by joint RR / UTC group Close working enables effective technology transfer –Staff exchanges / secondments / recruitment –UTC staff involved in RR training courses and staff development activities …a case study model for the benefits of effective Industry/University collaboration. – Richard Lambert

7 North America UTC at Purdue Strong links to MIT, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Penn State Developing Canadian relationships Asia China - NPU, BIAM, BUAA, SEDRI, Tsinghua Japan - NAL Singapore - iHPC Europe 20 University Technology Centres (UTCs) in the UK 1 UTC in Sweden, other Nordic links being developed 1 UTC and 1 Prime Partnership in Germany 1 UTC in Italy strong links in other countries Global research base

8 What has been necessary to make it work well ? Central control - policy and direction and budgets –Advisory boards –Annual Conference Cessation of involvement with some research teams –Breaking of personal links Acceptance of lead time to get to useful output –Up front agreement on IPR, publication, etc –Establishment of new teams –Industry commitment to fund in advance of results Flexibility - on both sides –Mutual acceptance that long term research may be deflected - temporarily - to work on immediate, production issues –Feeds back into research areas Focus - ensuring research targeted at real applications –Validation and production vehicles

9 University Technology Centres Imperial College Vibration Imperial College Vibration Loughborough Combustion Aerodynamics Loughborough Combustion Aerodynamics Cambridge Design Partnership (with BAE) Materials Partnership University Gas Turbine Partnership (UGTP) Cambridge Design Partnership (with BAE) Materials Partnership University Gas Turbine Partnership (UGTP) Cranfield Performance Cranfield Performance Birmingham Materials Partnership Birmingham Materials Partnership Sussex Aero-Thermal Systems Sussex Aero-Thermal Systems Strathclyde Electrical Power Systems Strathclyde Electrical Power Systems York Systems & Software Engineering York Systems & Software Engineering Southampton Design Partnership (with BAE) Noise Southampton Design Partnership (with BAE) Noise Oxford Computational Fluid Dynamics Solid Mechanics Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics (Osney lab) Oxford Computational Fluid Dynamics Solid Mechanics Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics (Osney lab) Nottingham Manufacturing Technology Gas Turbine Transmission Systems Nottingham Manufacturing Technology Gas Turbine Transmission Systems Surrey Thermo-Fluid Systems Surrey Thermo-Fluid Systems UMIST Electrical Systems for Extreme Environments UMIST Electrical Systems for Extreme Environments Sheffield Control & Systems Engineering Materials Damping Technology Advanced Electrical Machines and Drives Design Partnership (with BAE) Sheffield Control & Systems Engineering Materials Damping Technology Advanced Electrical Machines and Drives Design Partnership (with BAE) Swansea Materials Partnership Swansea Materials Partnership Purdue, USA High-Mach Propulsion Purdue, USA High-Mach Propulsion Cottbus Turbomachinery Cottbus Turbomachinery Chalmers, Gothenberg Hydrodynamics Chalmers, Gothenberg Hydrodynamics

10 Rolls-Royce Research & Technology funding UTC Funding today: Rolls-Royce – PV Money guaranteed for a number of years EPSRC – paid directly to the University DTI – paid into a holding account and matched approx. 50% by Rolls-Royce European – 100% funded by EC, paid directly to the University MoD – paid directly to the University, some contribution from Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce funding geared by 2 or 3 times Overhead rate similar to Research council levels Good Value …however = Significant increase in overhead rates DTI move away from sectoral funding Since 1992 Rolls-Royce R&T expenditure has doubled with all of this increase occurring outside the UK Future challenges…

11 University Technology Centres Cambridge Sheffield Swansea

12 Engineering perspectives Some specific examples of success… AU3D model JSF LiftSystem Combustion technologies Cambridge

13 Summary Rolls-Royce is proud to recognise that the companys success in the market place today can be directly linked to our close relationship with academia


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