EPSRC supports a broad portfolio of research relevant to the aerospace sector. For example, research includes computational and experimental aerodynamics to improve efficiency and reduce fuel consumption, non-destructive testing of components and a range of materials research for improved gas turbines and next generation aerostructures. Priorities for future research include advanced materials, robotics, power electronics and manufacturing research.
EPSRC’s current portfolio (as of 01 April 2014) of direct relevance to the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (now the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy [BEIS]) Aerospace sector is £176 million, with an additional £92 million cash and in-kind support from collaborative partners.
The top five EPSRC Research areas of relevance (by value) are:
- Performance and inspection of mechanical structures and systems
- Materials engineering - composites
- Materials engineering - metals and alloys
- Fluid dynamics
This sector portfolio forms part of the EPSRC Aerospace defence and marine sector portfolio that you can explore using the sector tab on Visualising our Portfolio (VoP).