The Institute is committed to producing high-quality research and analysis for the benefit of UK aerospace. Here you can find all our current publications: Raising Ambition, the UK aerospace technology strategy; our series of INSIGHT papers; other reports and documents; and details on Elevation, our bimonthly eNewsletter.
Please note that some reports are restricted and can only be provided to people working within the UK aerospace sector, and so will require registration before they can be downloaded.
Building on the Institute’s first UK aerospace technology strategy, published in July 2015, the Technology Strategy & Portfolio Update 2016 provides additional insight into the ambitious long-term plan to maximise the UK’s share of the global commercial aircraft market. It brings further clarity to the technology imperatives facing UK aerospace and the measures needed to tackle them.
INSIGHT_12 Single Pilot Commercial Aircraft
This INSIGHT paper explores the aerospace industry's journey towards single pilot operations. The paper reviews the roles of technological automation and autonomy in enabling the concept of a single pilot airliner to become operational, while also recognising other, potentially more significant, factors: economics, demand, the projected shortage of pilots and the potential impact on aviation training. Nonetheless, innovation and developments in flight-deck technology are integral to realising the effective and safe single pilot operations, and the paper concludes that it is imperative that the human continues to sit at the heart of the conversation around reducing the number of crew onboard.
INSIGHT_11 Global Aerospace Patents
To support the aim of securing the full economic potential of the UK civil aerospace sector, the ATI has undertaken an extensive and detailed review of international and UK aerospace patents. Patents contain a wealth of technology data that is relatively standardised across industry, making them a strong candidate for meaningful analysis. Patents are associated with innovation and value, however, their potential for insight is far wider. This investigation of global aerospace patents aims to understand their economic value and subsequently use the data to assess international capabilities and developments that might be of strategic importance to the UK. Across national and corporate entities technology themes are analysed in the context of varying policy, culture and incentive. Policy, culture, commercial strategies and incentives can significantly influence patent statistics and these all play an important role in this study.
INSIGHT_10 The Evolving Aerospace R&D Landscape
This INSIGHT provides an overview of the Institute's study of the aerospace R&D landscape and how it has evolved. It includes an extensive and detailed review of UK and international aerospace company accounts to identify global trends and understand which companies are growing their international and UK R&D footprint. More than 3,000 relevant company accounts were scanned to identify how many are conducting and reporting self-funded R&D investment. The 30 most significant companies were selected for more detailed time series analysis. The paper then aims to understand the detailed trends in global and UK aerospace R&D investments.
INSIGHT_09 Composite Material Applications in Aerospace
This paper has been compiled to disseminate the findings of an aerospace sector consultation enabled through a collaboration with Composites UK, the trade body for the UK composites industry. The consultation aimed to identify the priority technologies needed for composite material exploitation, as well as the priority product areas for which composites are of interest across aircraft, structures, systems and propulsion components. The paper builds on work undertaken as part of the Composite Leadership Forum’s 2016 Composites Strategy “Lightening the Load” which analysed the cross-sector opportunity for composites, with the outcomes of this paper identifying the priority technology challenges for the aerospace sector relevant to that strategy.
INSIGHT_08 Additive Manufacturing
This INSIGHT paper has been compiled to disseminate the findings of an aerospace sector consultation enabled
through a partnership with Additive manufacturing UK. This INSIGHT paper looks at the opportunities and challenges
associated with the implementation of additive manufacturing technologies and how the benefits can be recognised
across the aerospace structures, systems and propulsion communities.
The paper gives an aerospace specific focus which builds on Additive manufacturing UK’s 2017 multi-sectorial
national strategy paper “Leading additive manufacturing in the UK”. Recommendations are provided for the civil
aerospace sector to develop and exploit opportunities for a highly disruptive technology that has the potential to
transform future aircraft platforms.
INSIGHT_07 Electrical Power Systems
This INSIGHT document is intended to enable wider consultation on electrical power systems in support of future updates to the Aerospace Technology Institute’s technology strategy, Raising Ambition. This paper highlights the increasing importance of electrical power systems in current and future commercial aircraft and identifies new market sectors that are dependent on enhanced technologies for such systems. Four possible applications of advanced electrical power systems are considered, and the requirements derived from these market applications. An outline view of potential market opportunities is provided to support investment in electrical power systems in these sectors. Initial technology roadmaps have been established to explore technology development opportunities in electrical power systems for UK aerospace in advance of a future review of the ATI’s Aerospace Technology Strategy. The UK industry is well placed to take advantage of the more electric, or all electric aircraft and novel electric propulsion systems, with appropriate investment in technology development.
INSIGHT_06 Graphene Exploitation
This paper has been compiled to disseminate the findings from an aerospace sector consultation enabled
through a partnership between the Aerospace Technology Institute and the National Graphene Institute to identify applications of two-dimensional materials, specifically graphene, that can be incorporated into structures, systems and propulsion
components. The paper analyses the sector perspectives from academia, research organisations and
industry to propose opportunities where investment in graphene could result in significant positive impact
on productivity, product performance and fuel efficiency.
INSIGHT_05 Product Verification
This paper has been compiled to disseminate the findings of an aerospace sector consultation enabled through a partnership with the National Physical Laboratory. The consultation aimed to identify the critical metrology needs that will assure performance and quality across the high-value manufacturing landscape. The paper analyses the sector perspectives from academia, research organisations and industry to propose opportunities where investment in product verification could make a significant positive impact on productivity, product performance and fuel efficiency.
INSIGHT_04 Economic Impact of UK Aerospace Industrial Strategy
In INSIGHT_04 the focus is on the Economics of Aerospace. The publication will look at the economic impact of UK aerospace industrial strategy, and how Government investment in aerospace is making a real difference. The ATI analysis summarised in this paper shows that sustaining current levels of support to aerospace industrial strategy could return around £114 billion to the UK economy over the next 20 years and create and secure an additional 95,000 jobs by 2035.
INSIGHT_03 Emerging Technologies in Commercial Aircraft Systems
This INSIGHT looks at the emerging technologies that will feature in future commercial aircraft systems. Energy storage will continue to be increasingly important as hybrid systems deliver whole aircra level benefits that rely on dependable and high capacity energy storage solutions. Intelligent systems deploying System-on-Chip, multi-core processors or safety critical so ware will be essential for securing and growing UK systems capability in aerospace. And cyber security strategies for aerospace need to be clearly har- nessed to ensure that disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence can begin to be safely deployed in relevant applications.
INSIGHT_02 – Emerging technologies for propulsion
Our second INSIGHT focuses on the emerging technologies that will impact next-generation propulsion. More electric technologies are clearly a key focus for current and planned R&T projects. Thermal technologies are increasingly important in aerospace architectures as new concepts create increasingly demanding thermal loads with reducing opportunities for conventional heat dissipation. Noise is a specific target, driven in the nearer term by local environmental concerns. Emissions targets may also drive change in low smoke-producing combustion systems.
INSIGHT_01 Digital Transformation
In this first issue of ATI’s INSIGHT, we focus on Digital Transformation. The paper explores the potential for digital transformation in aerospace, and examines the maturity of the UK aerospace sector’s digital capability. It has been informed by surveys of, and interviews with, industry leaders (both internal and external to the sector) conducted by the ATI. Most aerospace organisations surveyed are embedding digital technologies, but principally to deliver incremental efficiency and productivity improvements. Many are not considering the potential to change business models. In this regard, aerospace is following – but it could be leading.
ATI Annual Review 2018
The annual review of the Aerospace Technology Institute, published in May 2018.
Through-Life Engineering Services Technology Strategy for the UK Aerospace Sector
The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) has published a Through-life Engineering Services (TES) strategy that identifies the opportunities of transitioning to TES, and the technologies and capabilities required to enable the transition. Using insights gathered from the sector, the ATI has created a framework for understanding the technologies and capabilities required to deliver potential service offerings. It enables companies to assess where they are on their servitisation journey from a knowledge, tools and technology perspective.
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