The AIRC has a large 1500m2 lab space and is used for aerostructure, mechanical, electrical and automated assembly research. Read more Read less

Our 1500m2 enclosed laboratory area has large, 18m x 6m sliding doors which allow access to the airfield, allowing the use of demonstrator aircraft such as the University’s 19-seater Jetstream 31.

It is a large space, 16.6m high and 40 m wide, which will be used for structural, mechanical and electrical research activities as well as research into automated assembly. This area already houses a full-size production standard A320 wing for research into the use of robots to assist in wing assembly. A further A320 wing has been procured and will be used for full scale structural tests. A large Demag crane, the second largest single span crane in Europe, is used to allow movement of weights up to 16t anywhere in the Open Lab.

There are also four covered laboratories that allow research that requires a controlled environment for confidential or health and safety reasons.

Aerial inspection of an aircraft wing for cost-effective quality assurance
Aerial inspection of an aircraft wing for cost-effective quality assurance