What we do

For over 30 years, Materials Engineering at Swansea University has worked with Rolls-Royce. Research taking place here has led directly to component design.

Our Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Materials is a key member of the Materials Partnership with the Universities of Birmingham and Cambridge.

UTCs have been established by Rolls-Royce across the world covering diverse engine technology requirements.

The mission of this Partnership is to harness key academic expertise to address front-line materials requirements for Rolls-Royce gas turbine engines. This fundamental materials research is necessary to improve the efficiency and environmental sustainability of gas turbine engines.

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Our research areas

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Engine technologies

Training the next generation of world-class researchers

We help train the next generation of world-class materials scientists and metallurgical engineers in structural metallic materials.

The UTC is a major asset to the College of Engineering.  It is a focal point for postgraduate research into structural metals and ceramics at Engineering Doctorate (EngD) and PhD level. 

Students work closely with Rolls-Royce engineers and even, in the case of the EngD programme, are based in the company to maximise knowledge transfer.

The UTC has the stability offered by a rolling five year funding commitment from Rolls-Royce to support our cohort of students. By the end of their EngD study our Research Engineers are recognised as a world expert in their field and are much sought after as engineering recruits.

Our funding

The UTC is the ‘pump primer’ for access to major research contracts involving the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and associated industrial sponsors.

The value of research funding obtained through these combined sources is substantial.

Research in progress is consistently exceeding £7M. This supports a pool of highly experienced post-doctoral research officers and support staff.

The front line research being carried out ensures that the academic staff involved in project supervision are able to bring the latest information to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

These form an integral part of the College of Engineering teaching portfolio.