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Jason Burnap

Project Title: Advanced Manufacturing Methods for Aerospace Actuation Systems

Academic Supervisor: Dr Tom Slatter
AMRC Supervisor: Dr David Curtis

Industry Sponsor: Collins Aerospace

​Collins Aerospace Actuation Systems is a global leader in the design, manufacture and support of actuation systems for large commercial, regional, business and military aircraft, as well as for helicopters and precision weapons.


In order to facilitate improvements in lightweight design there is an ever increasing motivation to move away from hydraulic actuation systems to electro-mechanical actuators. There is however a gap in the UK manufacturing market surrounding the production, design and manufacture of the critical ball screw elements required in these systems.


My research will develop an understanding of the current technologies used in ball screw manufacturing and generate a knowledge base of the opportunities and limitations facing a manufacturer of ball screws.


The IDC's Eng.D. programme offered me a number of benefits over the engineering graduate schemes I had originally applied to. Not only does it provide extensive industry exposure, but it also enables me to further my skills and expertise to become a well-rounded, accredited engineer. This was important for me coming from a materials science background as I felt my engineering skills were lacking. Furthermore, the Eng.D. programme gives me flexibility in the work that I do (after all, it is my project) and so I'm able to explore the most interesting of research areas within my project's scope.

My hobbies include rowing, road cycling and baking - I'm always working up a decent appetite.