University of Birmingham

High Temperature Research Centre

The High Temperature Research Centre carries out collaborative research and development into manufacturing technologies, especially the metal-forming technique, ‘investment casting’.

Project summary

It fosters a fast, flexible and adaptable approach to design that develops highly trained engineers for the future.

The new facility builds on a long-standing relationship between the University of Birmingham and Rolls-Royce. It received £20 million from the UKRPIF matched with £40 million from Rolls-Royce.

The centre focuses on:

  • delivering underpinning casting-materials research, and radical process improvements
  • developing research into ICT tools to enhance product quality and production efficiency.

The centre also concentrates on educational and professional training. In particular, it offers opportunities for postgraduates doing masters and doctoral studies.

The facility has created links with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) at Ansty. This ensures the Centre can respond to new industrial challenges and transfer research quickly to multiple industrial partners.