Global audience hears of Yorkshire research expertise built into new Boeing Dreamliner

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing recently raised the curtain on its first fully assembled 787 Dreamliner to a worldwide audience.

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing, located on the Advanced Manufacturing Park near Sheffield, played a pivotal role in the manufacture of the airliner, by developing the new high-speed titanium milling techniques that enabled Messier-Dowty to win the entire order for the 787’s landing gear – the first time such a contract has been awarded to a non-US company.

“The University of Sheffield has a legacy of excellence in engineering, and the benefits and savings of the machining techniques we developed for the 787 are proof of that,” says Research Director of the AMRC Professor Keith Ridgway. “In fact, it was graduates from the University of Sheffield’s department of Mechanical Engineering that worked alongside our partner, Messier-Dowty to develop the techniques that are currently being used.”

In addition to the landing gear, the AMRC has worked several other components for Rolls-Royce and Smiths Industries that are expected to be used on the 787 Dreamliner.

To date, 47 customers worldwide have ordered 677 airplanes worth more than $110 billion at current list prices, making the Dreamliner the most successful commercial airplane launch in history. The first 787 is scheduled to enter passenger service in May 2008.

Professor Keith Ridgeway was interviewed by CNN as part of the launch of the aircraft. The report highlights Boeing’s global supplier network story, showing how Boeing’s new 787 is 25% British-built, including engines from Rolls-Royce.

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