Alongside our main conference programme and keynote presentations, day two of the conference will feature a series of themed breakout sessions – offering delegates an opportunity to attend two sessions each.

Breakout sessions 1-5 will run in the morning, and sessions 6-10 will take place in the afternoon.

Delegates will need to choose one session from breakout sessions 1 – 5 and one session from breakout sessions 6 – 10, and register their choices by 3rd November. Details on the breakout sessions are below.

The full agenda for the conference, which is now sold out, is available here.

Breakout Session 1
Theme: Propulsion of the Future
Title: Delivering the Next-generation Aero Engine

Delivering Ultra-High Bypass Ratio turbofan by 2025 is critical to capturing the next wave of major propulsion opportunities. The ATI’s R&T portfolio supports significant developments in new propulsion architectures, technologies and manufacturing capabilities to improve competitiveness and accelerate introduction of new turbofan engines. This propulsion themed breakout session will bring together speakers from a range of industrial organisations and academia to explore related ATI project case studies and new opportunities for next generation aero engines.

Breakout Session 2
Theme: Aerostructures of the Future
Title: Factory of the Future

Looking ahead, with the rise of digital manufacturing and step change technologies will impact OEM core technologies and disrupt the supply chain, challenging the UK competitiveness in the global market place.

This session will aim to explore key technologies that are considered to be ‘disruptive opportunities’ within a future materials and manufacturing industrial environment. The focus of the discussion will be on how:

  • Future Factory concepts will define an Industry 4.0 future that facilitates the seamless connection of the entire end-to-end value chain that is enabled through an integrated vertical and horizontal supply chain
  • Composites technology solutions will be developed to meet industry challenges through the evolving adoption of new materials and higher rate demands
  • Innovation within the motorsport industry that could be applied to the aerospace sector
  • Additive Manufacturing technology challenges need to be addressed to ensure that the sector is best placed to introduce substitution components and next generation platform primary components
  • Analysis of Process and Product Verification challenges and solutions could enable significant improvements in productivity and performance, and enable digital supply chain integration

Breakout Session 3
Theme: Smart, Connected and More Electric Aircraft
Title: More Electric Systems

Complex aircraft systems will play an increasing role in ensuring affordable, safer and more efficient air transport. More electric technologies are progressing within current and planned R&T projects, although the overall roadmap for more electric aerospace technology in the UK still needs to be articulated and delivered. Over the next 20 years, the large aircraft market is expected to drive significant demand for new and upgraded systems. The UK systems community is world class, with capabilities widely spread across the sector and beyond.

This session will bring together a diverse set of speakers from a variety of industrial organisations and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, to explore related ATI project case studies, and realise new opportunities for more electric systems – building on the support the Institute provides in connecting the technologies, facilities and capabilities of industry and academia.

Breakout Session 4
Theme: Aircraft of the Future
Title: Whole Aircraft Operations

The UK’s whole aircraft capabilities are essential to the sector’s overall success. The ATI is working to build a more strategic approach to sustaining and developing these capabilities.

In the development of technology there is a strong need to think about the implications affecting other parties that are involved in the full life-cycle of the product. Focusing on technology development, this diverse session will delve into the role of the regulator and airline operator, and explore how enhanced and innovative technology could improve flight deck interaction with crews, and the potential impact of reduced flight crew on larger commercial aircraft.

Breakout Session 5
Theme: International Collaboration
Title: What are the Challenges and Opportunities Associated with International Collaboration?

The development of aerospace technology is an international endeavour: the aerospace supply chain is global in nature, and both UK-headquartered aerospace companies, and major global companies with a presence in the UK, provide a route to the global aerospace market for a diverse and extended supply chain of innovative SMEs. By collaborating internationally, organisations can gain access to partners with skills and experience not readily available in the UK; strengthen relationships with major overseas companies to position themselves for future opportunities, and allow organisations to gain access to facilities and infrastructure not accessible in the UK.

This session will consider the challenges and opportunities associated with international engagement, focussing on the rationale for international cooperation, the potential impact of Brexit and opportunities for collaboration that are on the horizon.

Breakout Session 6
Theme: Propulsion of the Future
Title: Future Propulsion Systems

Efficiency improvements will require more radical propulsion architectures, including world class capability in propeller systems technology and critical technology infrastructure to enable future propulsion architectures to be developed and matured. This session will bring together a diverse set of speakers from a variety of industrial organisations and academia, to explore ATI technology case studies relating to propulsion and consider new challenges in future propulsion systems.

Breakout Session 7
Theme: Aerostructures of the Future
Title: Enhance and disrupt future architecture concepts

The UK is a world leader in the design, manufacture and integration of wings and also provides components and sub-assemblies for nacelles, empennages and fuselages. In the next decade, opportunities are expected for improved wing tips, nacelles and other structural and aerodynamic updates that enable installation of new, larger engines onto existing narrow and wide-body aircraft.

The session will review current aerostructures capabilities, ATI structures portfolio highlights and future disruptive architecture concepts, including:

  • Wing of Tomorrow Programme portfolio analysis of key challenges and case studies of existing project activities
  • Portfolio of work that delivers into several platform opportunities, levering disruptive technologies, process and tools, and architecture concepts, demonstrated through several key ATI case studies
  • Nacelle capabilities for next generation aircraft platforms focussing on architecture development, verification and validation, and aerodynamic performance
  • Defence industry technology developments for current and next generation platforms that are adopting innovative technology breakthroughs to deliver enhanced capability.

Breakout Session 8
Theme: Smart, Connected and More Electric Aircraft
Title: Intelligent Systems

Embedded sensors and software are making aircraft more intelligent, leading to improved platform availability, reduced crew workload and an overall enhancement of aircraft safety. Intelligent systems deploying System-on-Chip, multi-core processors or safety critical software will be critical for securing and growing UK systems capability in aerospace. In addition, these technologies are applicable across other sectors. This session will bring together a variety of industrial organisations to explore the challenges in developing complex systems and how the UK can become grow as a of centre of excellence amongst the systems community.

Breakout Session 9
Theme: Aircraft of the Future
Title: Smarter, Greener, Cleaner Aircraft

There is a need for future aircraft to be quieter, greener and more fuel-efficient. This will require a step-change in design and technology developments. Major drivers for technology development within the ATI strategy has been, and will continue to be, fuel burn and the environment.

The topics discussed during the session will explore the overall environmental imperative, including a more detailed look at community noise.  In the same context, a particular new UK air vehicle concept will be addressed, as well an opportunity to see the online tool developed by the ATI to help the sector understand how changes in technology will affect aircraft attribute.

Breakout Session 10
Theme: Market Opportunity
Title: Aerospace Market Trends & Key Market Disruptors

The Aerospace Technology Institute maintains a market aligned technology strategy based on a view of potential future aircraft development opportunities over the next 20 years. There are many factors driving the outlook for aircraft development both on the demand and supply side of the market. On the demand side, industry is forecasting strong growth with new passenger aircraft worth US$6.2 trillion to be delivered between 2016 and 2035. However, disruptive market forces and technology trends for e.g. Digital, are reshaping the aerospace sector, forcing companies to reconsider how they operate and innovate. Whilst some of these disruptors offer exciting opportunities, others present clear challenges.

This session will consider key market trends and the major disrupters that would shape the aerospace sector over the next 20 years. Experts from consultancies, airlines and airports will share their views on key market disruptors in the aerospace market followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.