Construction of the new National Centre for Combustion and Aerothermal Technology (NCCAT) is now well underway on the Loughborough University campus. The multi million-pound development, approved for funding by the Aerospace Technology Institute, and supported by Rolls-Royce plc and Loughborough University is set to open its doors in early 2019.

NCCAT will act as the UK’s primary hub for research and development of future low-emission aero gas turbine combustion technologies, strengthening the UK’s ability to benefit from the predicted growth in the civil aerospace market, and will not only provide access to state-of-the-art facilities and leading research expertise for UK industrial partners, but will act as a training ground for current and future aerospace engineers in a critical skill area for the UK. Beyond aerospace applications NCCAT will also provide wider exploitation potential in the automotive and energy sectors, as well as areas such as power generation, marine propulsion and thermal management applications.

As the boundaries between research, design and development become increasingly blurred, NCCAT will support activities over a range of Technology Readiness Levels (TRL 1-6) through the alignment of early research activities with future commercial goals. This will promote multi-disciplinary and integrated design methodologies which will ensure the fast and efficient pull through of new technologies.

NCCAT builds on the experience of a large, well-established research group whose activities span more than a quarter of a century, with its original roots traced back to the 1960s. NCCAT will allow industrial problem-owners to visit and work closely with world-class academic researchers, and when coupled with state-of-the-art facilities, offers a truly unique environment in which to support commercial research and development needs to boost productivity.

The development includes; a new 850m2 purpose-built laboratory incorporating eight new test cells, specialist plant and equipment which provides the infrastructure to support single-phase and two-phase, non-reacting and reacting flow experiments over a range of condition, access to a range of instrumentation of various levels of fidelity, a 100m2 state-of-the-art workshop to support the new laboratory, and 700m2 of top specification office space. NCCAT will be located on the Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park, one of the UK’s largest science parks host to 70+ companies on a 53-hectare site.
Enquiries about the National Centre in Combustion and Aerothermal Technology should be directed to nccat@lboro.ac.uk.