The University of Sheffield
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

30 May 2008

BAE SYSTEMS Centre for Research in Active Control launched

The University of Sheffield, in partnership with BAE Systems Submarine Solutions,this week launched a new specialist research centre dedicated to developing stealth technology.

BAE Systems has committed £2.5M over the next five years to the new Centre, which will focus on three key areas to achieve a new degree of stealth for submarines.

The Centre for Research in Active Control, which will be located in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, will focus on technologies aimed at providing high performance noise and vibration attenuation systems. Although targeting problems within marine applications, the research will also be applicable in automotive, rail and aerospace applications.

The research will encompass novel developments in dynamical analysis, control theory, fault detection, damping technologies, advanced electronics and smart fluids, materials and devices.

At the launch in Sheffield, BAE Systems Design Authority and Engineering Director John Hudson officially marked the start of the new partnership. He said: "We have been working closely with the University specialists for a number of years to develop new technologies to ensure our Submarines maintain a military edge. We identified that we need new options to meet challenging signature requirements for future submarines, hence our partnership with the University was formalised. This partnership reinforces our aim to be at the forefront in signature control practices for the Royal Navy."

Professor Steve Daley, from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering and the Director of the Centre, said: "The long-term commitment provided by BAE Systems is a reflection on the high quality of active control research that is undertaken at Sheffield. Moreover, the funding provides a stable foundation on which to develop our activity and will enable us to focus on research that delivers solutions that have a real engineering need."

More information is available from the BAE SYSTEMS Centre for Research in Active Control web site: