The HTRC is a joint collaboration between the University of Birmingham and Rolls-Royce to establish a High Temperature Research Centre. The 5,800 sqm Centre is funded through a £40M investment by Rolls-Royce plc, matched by a £20M government grant through the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) and the Centre is due to open in 2016.
The Centre, based near Coventry, will enable production scale research and experimentation to deliver rapid high quality product and process innovation and will be a unique casting, design, simulation and advanced manufacturing research facility. It will focus initially on the key design and manufacturing aspects of investment casting.
The Centre is a self-contained investment casting foundry with the following processes: Core, Wax, Shell, Cast, Chemical Leach & Etch, Finish (abrasive blast, emery dress), Measurement & Inspection and Laboratories.