A researcher studies the stator of a high-speed machine

Manufacturer funds university research centre

A new research centre has opened at The University of Nottingham to develop the next generation of electrical machines.

The Cummins Innovation Centre in Electrical Machines has been set up with projected funding of around £2m over the next five years.

The centre is also being supported through a Royal Academy of Engineering senior research fellowship.

The University’s Faculty of Engineering has a long history of working with Cummins Generator Technologies, the largest electrical machines manufacturer in the UK, on projects including electromagnetic and thermal modelling of generators, high speed machines for turbochargers and other high-performance applications.

Dr Neil Brown, chief engineer, research and technology, Cummins Generator Technologies, spoke of the importance of product innovation to the business, adding that building effective collaborative relationships is a key element in the innovation process.

“Cummins has been involved with The University of Nottingham since 1997, during which time we have seen the Machines and Drives Research Group grow to become one of the largest in the world,” Brown said.

“In particular the energy conversion and aerospace activities are of significant merit and world-leading in the field.”

Research into electrical machines has seen a rapid development in recent years, driven by interest in more-electric transportation, renewable energy generation and high efficiency targets aimed at reducing carbon emissions in domestic and industrial applications.

Dr Chris Gerada, the centre’s research director, said: “This partnership with Cummins will strengthen the electrical machines research base at Nottingham and will form a true multidisciplinary team, which can effectively and holistically look at electrical machine systems and their integration within high-performance applications.”

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