Aerospace Academic Focus
Wales produced 18,075 science, engineering and medical graduates in the 2017/18 academic year. Within our eight universities there is a wealth of academic expertise applying itself to the aerospace industry.
Welsh Universities and Colleges in Wales are developing their capabilities and linking together to offer world class expertise and training.
8 Welsh Universities Supporting Aerospace
The 2015 state of the art Swansea University Bay Campus provides world class R&D in areas such as Computational Engineering which includes aerodynamic design for Airbus Wings and the Bloodhound supersonic car. The Finite Element method and Computational Fluid Dynamics, allow engineers to model structures with increasing complexity. The Institute of Structural Materials and Centre for Printing & Coating further complement expertise in this area.
The Innovation Campus retains their position as a renowned research centre of excellence. The aerospace and defence expertise includes aerodynamics research, stress evaluation, lightning protection at the Morgan Botti Research Centre, and Propulsion performance research at the Gas Turbine Research Centre (GTRC). Also at Cardiff University is the National Software Academy, located at Innovation Point, increasing Wales’ digital capability.
Wrexham Glyndŵr University
Leading the way in research into adoption of carbon fibre composites in aircraft manufacture, using microwave technology to bring significant reductions in curing cycle time. This research complements the Advanced Composite Training and Development Centre, in partnership with Airbus, Coleg Cambria and the Welsh Government. Also, Glyndŵr Innovations, based at the OpTIC Centre, is a focus for a cluster of Photonics activity including design and manufacture of large optical telescopes and light‐weight optics for satellite and airborne imaging systems.
University of South Wales
The Aerospace Centre in the School of Engineering specialises in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering. The facility has two aircraft hangars housing Jetstream and Provost aircrafts and Rolls Royce Spey engines.
University Wales Trinity Saint David
Demonstrate considerable expertise in the area of Non Destructive Testing, and work closely with TWI.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
This university has expertise in design, through PDR (International Centre for Product Design & Research) as well as a modern School of Art & Design, housing a Perceptual Experience Laboratory (PEL) to emulate human perceptual experience.
Active within the Wales Academic Space Partnership, they have supported Beagle 2 through its Intelligent Robotics Group. The University also offers an Earth Observation Research Centre, providing expertise in both upstream and downstream Space research.
Home to CLARET, Centre for Lifetime and Reliability Testing, which provides support to companies involved in aerospace technologies and Space electronics through design, manufacture or integration of opto-electronic and material technologies with reliability testing facilities.
There are also a number of colleges providing specialist vocational skills that the aerospace industry is demanding.
The International Centre for Aerospace Training
Part of Cardiff and Vale College and located at Cardiff Airport and St Athan Enterprise Zone, this is an iconic centre delivering training for CAA licence requirements for Parts 147 and 66 for aircraft maintenance.
This institute has aerospace facilities at both its Nantgarw and Ystrad Mynach locations, providing apprentice programmes in aeronautical engineering.
This is also a centre of excellence in aerospace engineering, providing apprenticeship training for Airbus and other aerospace companies in North Wales, for both manufacturing and maintenance. Its campus at Deeside in particular has a strong focus on aerospace activity.
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