Thursday, 10th March 2011

Aerospace Sensor Technologies:


Ensuring Nanoscale Manufacturing Integrity
10th March 2011, BAWA Conference Centre, Bristol


The UK has the largest aerospace industry outside of the USA, with an annual turnover of £22bn and a supply chain supporting in excess of 276,000 jobs. It can genuinely be called a UK manufacturing success story!
Micro and nano scale sensor technologies provide the aerospace industry with opportunities to benefit from materials with new, improved properties tailored to meet its future commercial, legislative and safety challenges.
The major technology challenges for the aerospace industry are rooted in its further globalisation:
Air traffic is anticipated to increase as emerging countries continue to strengthen their manufacturing economies and their populations benefit from the resultant wealth generation. Structural Health Monitoring programmes build in-situ sensor systems, analogous to the human nervous system (bio mimicry), to recognise any compromise in areas of critical structural integrity.
Thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) allow turbines to perform safely and reliably at higher, more fuel efficient temperatures. Ongoing development of multi-functional sensor coatings that achieve the dual requirements of higher turbine efficiency and lower gaseous emissions, and the monitoring of temperature, erosion and phase changes, are projected to reduce maintenance costs and improve safety standards.
There is an ongoing requirement for more sophisticated security measures to counter the pervasive threat of terrorism. Sensors to enhance safety and security are required to prevent an attack being initiated. Nano wire sensors are extremely sensitive to small changes in electro-chemical potential, making them ideal for the early detection of different gases (from explosives) and biological/chemical toxins.
This unique 1-day event, co-hosted by the NanoKTN, will highlight the solutions to key challenges facing the development of novel, integrated sensor technology by the aerospace industry. Manufacturers from within the aerospace supply chain (and those that aspire to join it) and instrumentation and process equipment companies will benefit from the high quality presentations and networking opportunities in this important and rapidly expanding area of aviation design.


09.30 Registration

10.00 Welcome & Introduction
Paul Newbatt, CEMMNT

10.15 Applications of Micro & Nano Technologies in the Defence Industry
Dr. Ian Sturland, BAE Systems

10.40 Simulation & Modelling Software Designed for MEMS Manufacture
Dr Chris Welham, Coventor

11.05 Break & Networking

11.35 Novel Micro-Sensor for the In-Situ Monitoring of Aircraft Wiring
Alan Still, Senior Engineer, Qudos Technology Ltd

12.00 Agile HUMMS - Custom Onboard Health Monitoring Solution for Aircraft Wiring
Dipl.-Ing.(FH) Jens Kaufmann, Heriot-Watt University/ Ultra Electronics Electrics

12.25 Micro Manufacturing – Precisely!
Prof. Svetan Ratchev, Precision Manufacturing Centre, University of Nottingham

12.50 Lunch & Networking

14.00 Optical Measurement of Micro Manufactured Parts
Brian Kyte, Alicona UK Ltd

14.25 Thermal Barrier Coatings: An Innovative Sensor Solution for Turbines
Dr Joerg Feist, Southside Thermal Sciences Ltd/Imperial College

14.50 Analysis of Surface Finish on Turbine & Compressor Aerofoils
Graeme Foulds, Ametek Taylor Hobson Ltd

15.15 Closing Remarks

15.30 Close

To register for this event, please contact Natasha Taylor at
The cost to register for the event is just £145 + VAT. Please note: a discounted rate of £95 + VAT will be charged to members of CEMMNT, NanoKTN and supporting organisations.
There is an opportunity for companies to exhibit at the event. The cost to exhibit is £250 + VAT and includes: 1 delegate pass, space for 3 banner stands, table for literature and/or product demonstration, A4 delegate pack insert, and company logo & 50-word profile on the event website.

To book your place to exhibit contact Natasha Taylor at