This Centre, headed by Andrew Day has brought together a team of experts in the School of Engineering, Design, & Technology with a broad range of knowledge and experience in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering and a track record of industrial collaboration covering over 20 years.
We have a strong track record of successful industry partnerships with major companies including Jaguar LandRover, Cummins, and Ford. We help Manufacturing Industry and other organisations improve designs, systems, products, and processes to enhance their competitiveness and sustainability, focussing particularly on efficiency improvements and CO2 reduction in the road transport sector.
The Centre's 3 main areas of operation are:
Hybrid and Powertrain Engineering Research (HyPER-C),
Engineering Quality Improvement (BEQIC),
Advanced Engineering Systems Optimisation (AESOp).
In 2010 we completed phase 2 of an extensive investment programme to provide a unique set of world class experimental facilities with associated instrumentality, Design, Modelling, Simulation, and Manufacturing.
Since 2010 the Automotive Research Centre has started 2 major industrial collaborations; a partnership with Cummins Turbo Technologies of Huddersfield, and a Technology Strategy Board funded consortium project led by Ford and Jaguar LandRover with 6 other industry partners and 2 university partners. In addition Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) have started with BAE Systems and Jaguar LandRover, who are also sponsoring a CASE PhD studentship. These projects include advanced turbocharger technology and design, CO2 reduction by emissions optimisation, high value manufacturing, and brake design, and have a combined grant value of £1.3m.
Recent news from VALX, another industrial collaborator with whom Andrew Day was seconded to work on brake design during 2008-09 with financial support from the Royal Academy of Engineering, has confirmed that VALX has now also gained European type '0' approval for commercial vehicles fitted with both disc and drum-brakes. The VALX axles with the brakes which Andrew helped design now comply with all European Type Approval requirements for semi-trailers with different axle configurations.