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University of Bath wins funding for aircraft materials research

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 03, 2014

Advanced aircraft materials will be developed at the University of Bath, which has won £2.5 million funding

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The University of Bath has secured £1.25 million to develop advanced materials for new aircraft designs, supporting the European aerospace industry in meeting demanding emissions targets.

Policymakers and regulatory bodies require the aerospace industry in Europe to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 50 per cent and nitrous oxide emissions by 80 per cent by 2020.

Dr Alicia Kim, from the university's Department of Mechanical Engineering, will lead the work with five years of research in a project which will be carried out with a number of national and international research partners, including Airbus, NASA Langley, Stirling Dynamics and Stanford University.

Dr Kim said: "In order to meet drastic demands and ensure affordable air travel in the future, it is essential that aircraft are made lighter and use minimal fuel."

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