New director for High Temperature Research Centre

Posted on 21 May 2015 by Jonny Williamson

The University of Birmingham’s High Temperature Research Centre has announced that Professor Nick Green has taken up his new position as director.

Green joins from Doncasters Ltd where he established and led its Technical Centre, bringing to bear a focus of material characterisation and material/process modelling for the development of high value manufacturing processes.

Prior to this, he held the EPSRC Star chair in Casting Technology at The University of Birmingham and was co-director of the Casting Partnership with Rolls-Royce; as well as being technical director of Cosworth Technology Ltd and group competence leader for Process Development across VAW’s foundries.

Commenting on his appointment, Green noted: “The HTRC provides a unique opportunity for collaboration between researchers, designers and manufacturers to accelerate and de-risk development and deployment of novel and advanced manufacturing technologies for high temperature materials.

“The Centre will enable realisation of synergies across complimentary sectors and the wide-ranging strengths of the College of Engineering and Physical Science are ideally placed to underpin this with world-class research.”

The Centre, dual located at Ansty Park near Coventry and at the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus, will enable research and experimentation spanning low and medium Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs), to deliver rapid high-quality product and process innovations.  It will be a unique casting, design, simulation and advanced manufacturing research facility.

The 5,800 sqm Ansty Park development is funded through a £40m investment by Rolls-Royce, matched by a £20m government grant through the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF), and is due to open later this year.