Waverley is one of South Yorkshire’s leading business locations, situated in the heart of the Sheffield City Region and benefiting from Enterprise Zone status.
University of Sheffield
The University of Sheffield is an anchor occupier at Waverley and its rapid expansion here serves to cement the position of the AMP as a world-class hub for Advanced Manufacturing.
The University established its original Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at the AMP in 2005, as part of a £100 million partnership with Boeing.
The second AMRC focuses on nuclear manufacturing and is again operated in a partnership with key companies in the industry, such as the University of Manchester, Rolls Royce, Areva and Sheffield Forgemasters.
Further AMRC premises comprise the Factory of the Future (with Rolls Royce), and the Knowledge Transfer Centre.
The new 60,000 sq ft AMRC (pictured) will provide additional academic and practical training for application by engineering and manufacturing companies, with a focus on the provision of apprenticeships for up to 250 young people each year.
The Advanced Blade Casting Facility is expected to produce its first blades in late 2014, with the facility capable of manufacturing 100,000 aerospace blades per year when fully operational. Each blade will be cast to form a single crystal of super alloy, making it extremely strong and able to resist the intense heat inside a jet engine.
The 14,000 m2 facility will be one of the most advanced blade casting facilities in the world, featuring groundbreaking manufacturing techniques such as 3D structured light for geometry inspection.
The single crystal turbine blade is a critical component of the jet engine and there are over 65 in every Trent engine. One single crystal turbine blade extracts around 1000 horsepower from the gas flow towards the rear of the engine, which is equivalent to the power of an F1 racing car, to drive the engine's compressors.
Single crystal turbine blades operate in temperatures up to 200 degrees above the melting point of their alloy and sit in a disc that rotates at more than 12,000 rpm. This means that the centrifugal force exerted on a blade is equivalent to the weight of a London bus.
The Nuclear AMRC is a joint initiative with industry, The University of Sheffield and The University of Manchester's Dalton Nuclear Institute.Working in partnership with Government and business, the Nuclear AMRC is designed to be the focal point for the civil nuclear manufacturing industry in the UK. The services provided to consortium members will enable them to be match-fit to win and hold contracts in the global civil nuclear market place.
The consortium forms part of the Government's Low Carbon Industrial Strategy and is at the forefront of enhancing manufacturing capability by assisting members to increase quality, reliability and efficiency and reducing costs and complexity. It delivers this by taking laboratory tested processes into prototype real size precommercial manufacture with the necessary validation and accreditation processes.