Construction of what will be one of the world’s leading engineering research centres is due for completion in the spring of next year.
The building, at the university’s Moulsecoomb campus in Brighton, will extend the university’s Advanced Engineering Centre, which works with a range of local engineering companies on innovative research in partnership with the automotive industry to allow for industrial knowledge-exchange.
The project will establish specialist teaching facilities alongside cutting-edge research laboratories. With the university’s long-term partner Ricardo, the Shoreham-based global engineering, strategic and environmental consultancy and specialist manufacturer, a dedicated combustion engine research area will be established on the ground floor alongside modern engineering workshops to support undergraduate and postgraduate engineering.
One of the Centre’s key focus areas is research into internal combustion engine thermal efficiency. The Centre was selected as one of six national ‘spokes’, for Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) Thermal Efficiency, by the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC), formed in 2013 from a commitment between the government and automotive industry to bring together those with good ideas and those who can bring them to market. It will focus on research into low-carbon internal combustion systems.