Cranfield University

Who we are


Cranfield University (CU) is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management, and one of Europe’s largest academic centres for aerospace research, development and design. CU has a turnover of more than £160m, with more than 1,500 staff and 4,500 students from more than 100 countries. At the forefront of aerospace technology for over 60 years, CU takes a practical and holistic approach right across the business of flying. CU brings together aeronautical engineering, materials and manufacturing with expertise in aviation business processes and practices.

The School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM) of Cranfield University is one of the largest providers of engineering education, research and technology support to aerospace industry. The SATM has launched a £35M project cofounded by Airbus Rolls-Royce and CU to build a new Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC). The Centre will provide dedicated space and specialist equipment to address future grand challenges which face the aerospace sector.

The SATM’s Centre for Aeronautics (CoA) aims to be internationally recognized as the first choice for research and education in Aerospace Design, Advanced Engineering Methods, and Systems Engineering. Aerospace Design covers a wide range of aerospace systems design and applications, including R&D of aircraft, airframe systems, and avionics systems. SATM operates an extensive range of facilities including 9 wind tunnels, numerous flight simulators avionics-in-loop flight simulator, Ethernet-based avionics simulation and ATM laboratories, composite manufacturing laboratories and a fully operational airfield.

What we do in FUCAM

In FUCAM, Cranfield University will lead WP4, Technology Scouting and Assessment. CU will contribute to the development of technology assessment criteria and methodologies for identification and analysis of current and emerging technologies in passenger-centred and passenger – friendly cabin architectures and systems, as well as evaluation of these technologies. In addition, CU will participate in WP2, “Customer trends and Requirements”. CU will contribute to the market analysis for investigating the market’s trends, cultural and demographic developments in Asia, and the definition of end users’ requirements for the concept development by using quantitative methods.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 690674.

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