Research chair to focus on using AM in aerospace industry

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GKN Aerospace is sponsoring a five year Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) research chair, based at the University of Sheffield. The chair is focused on harnessing and developing the potential of additive manufacture (AM) for aerospace and other high value industrial sectors.

The GKN Aerospace RAEng chair in Additive Manufacture and Advanced Structural Metallics will have three fundamental aims: to assist in the industrialisation of the current state-of-the-art technology as GKN moves towards production; to develop the required technology to enable the integration of materials and processes, extending the application of AM in the short term; to create entirely innovative processes and materials that will carry industry well beyond what is currently possible.

On being appointed to the chair, Professor Iain Todd, University of Sheffield's Mercury Centre, said: "I'm delighted and honoured to be appointed to this prestigious role and look forward to working with GKN Aerospace and the Royal Academy of Engineering in promoting, researching and helping to drive this hugely exciting and disruptive manufacturing technology forwards. This is a very exciting time for advanced manufacturing and materials research in the UK."

GKN Aerospace, the University of Sheffield and the RAEng will make a combined investment worth £1m to support the chair over the five years, with the GKN Aerospace investment including funding for an additional 10 PhD students to support Prof Todd and the team of over 20 senior research staff already operating at the University.