Cranfield University, whose mission is to create and transform world class science, technology and management into viable, practical and environmentally desirable solutions, provides an excellent pool of knowledge. Cranfield University is entirely postgraduate with a high degree of focus on applied research, usually in combination with industry. Manufacturing research is a key element of this and the University has an outstanding track record in this sector. This is evidenced by the award by EPSRC for the University to lead four of the recent Centres for Innovative Manufacturing (EPSRC CIM, ca £10m each, launched last quarter of 2011), with the University partners in two others. Much of the manufacturing research is focussed in the Materials and Manufacturing Departments in the School of Applied Sciences.
Cranfield University has rich experience in co-funded RTD projects. The research partner Dr Jörn Mehnen in this project is involved in one EU funded project “Customised Advisory Services for Energy-efficient manufacturing Systems (CASES)” with Coventry University (FP7). Since he joined Cranfield University he has been the Principal Investigator of 4 national projects (e.g. the most significant project is called “Ready-to-Use-Additive Layer Manufacturing” being a £2m project with 32 industry partners) and co-investigator in three major national RTD projects (Co- Investigator of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Through-life Engineering Services; Lead Prof Rajkumar Roy, Financial cont.: ca £4.8m from EPSRC + £3.5m from Industry or Co-Investigator of Rolls Royce/TSB/EPSRC funded project ‘SILOET: Strategic Investment in Low Carbon Engine Technology: Maintenance cost prediction using component life prediction’; Lead Prof Rajkumar Roy. Financial cont.: £270K). In his career in Germany he was lead of 3 major SFB projects (Collaborative Research Centres).