Our research impact
Our research looks at some of today’s most challenging issues, developing new innovations to solve the world’s complex challenges. Working collaboratively with partners locally and globally, we are working at the frontiers of knowledge on research with real impact.
At the cutting edge of Rolls-Royce aero-engines
Tribology research at Sheffield has pioneered a new era of understanding regarding the wear mechanics associated with sealing in aero-engines. Our research collaboration with Rolls-Royce has provided significant cost savings and reduced CO2 emissions through solving business critical engine wear issues experienced on their Trent 1000 engines.
Boeing Sheffield - a first for Europe
In 2016, Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, initiated a major research and development programme with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) to develop new manufacturing techniques capable of underpinning the business case for Boeing’s first production facility in Europe.
A chilling way to reduce train delays
Every year leaves on train lines cause delays to train services. Professor Roger Lewis led a team to develop an innovative leaf-busting cleaning system on trains in the North of England, a new cleaning technology that is on track to saving the rail industry millions.
The team of researchers developed a system that uses dry ice pellets to freeze the leaves and blast them away from the railhead. Unlike current cleaning methods, this new, more sustainable device can be used on passenger trains allowing them to clean the tracks as they go.