SMARTPACT aims to provide revolutionary research, while also laying the foundations for long-term innovation. It has six main themes: aircraft electrical power system design, including modelling; heat transfer technologies; power conversion; actuation systems; advanced semiconductor switching technologies; and system diagnostics and prognostics.
‘Investment in research and technology for future aerospace programmes is vital to our industry,’ said Dr John Ferrie, president of systems for GE Aviation. ‘Strategic partnerships with the universities enable GE to develop the talents of our young people, while cultivating advanced integrated technology.’
The research will be led by Nottingham, with Warwick supporting. GE’s involvement in problem definition and research aims to put the work in context with industrial and global issues such as green flight.
GE plan to build a centre of expertise at Nottingham to enhance its research capacity, generate intellectual property and be a link to the business’ education, training and recruitment efforts.
UTSP was set up in 2005 with an investment of £1.25m from GE and the EPRSC.