Germany’s University of Dresden is to investigate lightweight materials for use in engines following its appointment as a Rolls-Royce university technology centre (UTC).

Studies will analyse the properties of hybrid structures, research mechanical test facilities for fast design iterations, and develop expertise in manufacturing processes for hybrid materials.

“Future research in the area of lightweight structures will result in better fuel and environmental performance from our next-generation engines,” says R-R engineering director Colin Smith. Dresden is R-R’s 25th UTC and its second in Germany, after the Brandenburg Technology University of Cottbus.

Dresden has produced sub-elements for the EU’s Vital engine research programme, in which R-R is involved. The university will work with Rolls-Royce Deutschland in Dahlewitz, near Berlin.

Source: Flight International