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NanoKTN has announced details of a one-day event, hosted in partnership with CEMMNT, to look at the challenges facing the development of integrated sensor technologies for the aerospace industry.

The event, entitled ‘Aerospace sensor technologies; ensuring nanoscale manufacturing integrity,’ will see presentations from companies such as BAE Systems, Southside Thermal Sciences and Coventor.

The event will bring together manufacturers from within the aerospace supply chain and will see presentations covering key issues.

Dr Ian Sturland, BAE Systems, will look at the applications of micro and nano technologies in the defence industry.

The features of MEMS devices will be described and some of the challenges in finding commercial routes for exploiting MEMS technology will be discussed.

Advantages of MEMS in areas including aerodynamic control, optical and RF systems and health monitoring will be looked at, and Sturland will analyse how BAE Systems has filled this niche by recognising the system-level advantage of MEMS devices.

BAE Systems manufacturing capabilities will also be discussed with examples covering IR testing, inertial, RF and corrosion sensor health monitoring.

Dr Joerg Feist will highlight the new sensor technology being developed by Southside Thermal Sciences (STS), namely the Thermal Barrier Sensor Coating, which will help improve efficiency and reduce maintenance costs by accurately measuring temperatures and predicting the service of components.

Feist’s presentation will briefly introduce phosphorescence technology and will review the application on a Rolls-Royce Viper engine.

Other speakers include Ametek Taylor Hobson, Qudos Technology, Alicona, Ultra Electronics Electrics, Coventor and the Precision Manufacturing Centre, University of Nottingham.

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