The collaboration between Imperial College London and The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is promoting world leading research into aircraft design and manufacturing technologies. AVIC was set up to serve the Chinese Aviation Industry and has one of the largest research and development centres in China for aircraft materials. The AVIC Centre for Structural Design and Manufacture is collaborating closely with AVIC Beijing Aeronautical Manufacturing Techology Research Institute (BAMTRI) and AVIC the First Aircraft Institute(FAI). Their knoweldge of metals, polymers and composites and experience with testing and inspection combines well with Imperial's capabilities.
The AVIC centre and Imperial College is collaborating to develope a thorough understanding of new material processing techniques that will be used by the airline industries. It is hoped that such collaborations will help create safer, lighter and more efficient aeroplanes. An example of the implemented research is shown below.
Creep Age Forming of Wing Structures
Follow the links for further research by the Metal Forming and Materials Modelling group and AVIC Centre for Materials Charaterisation, Processing and Modelling.