Overview of Wireless Sensor and Energy Harvesting Research at the Rolls-Royce Control and Systems University Technology Centre (Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe 2009)

Prof Haydn Thompson, Programme Manager
Rolls-Royce Control and Systems UTC
Aeroengines end user, United Kingdom
Jun 03, 2009.

Presentation Summary

  • Potential Applications of Wireless Technologies/Energy Harvesting in Rolls-Royce
  • Low Power Wireless Sensor Research in the Rolls-Royce UTC
  • Testing of Energy Harvesting Technologies on Engines

Speaker Biography (Haydn Thompson)

Professor Haydn Thompson, BSc, PhD. CEng has 20 years experience working in a mixture of senior industrial research and development roles in flight control systems, space programmes and signal processing applications. Since 1993 he has been Programme Manager of the Rolls-Royce Control and Systems University Technology Centre. He is also a consultant to Rolls-Royce, the MoD, the DTI and the European Commission. He has over 100 publications on applications of distributed systems, multi-disciplinary multi-objective optimisation, gas turbine engine control, fault diagnosis and health monitoring, wireless communications, energy harvesting, rapid prototyping and co-simulation. He has also written two books on gas turbine engine control. He is a member of the International Federation of Automatic Control's (IFAC) International Aerospace Control, Mechatronics and Real-Time Computing and Control Committees being chair of Embedded Systems, the Institution of Electronic and Electrical Engineers Aerospace Committee, and IEE representative on the Learned Society Board of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Company Profile (Rolls-Royce)

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Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 people in 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
In 2010, Rolls-Royce invested £923 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products, in particular the reduction of emissions.
Annual underlying revenues were over £10.8 billion in 2010, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £59.2 billion at 31 December 2010.
Rolls-Royce civil aerospace business powers over 30 types of commercial aircraft and has a strong position in all sectors of the market: wide-body, narrow-body and corporate and regional aircraft. Over 13,000 engines are currently in service with 650 airlines, freight operators and lessors and 4,000 corporate operators.
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