Historically university research has focused on improving transport systems, making them more efficient, perhaps faster and often more environmentally friendly. However the results of this research have also been used to gain greater performance from sports vehicles with some remarkable results.

An Olympic gold medal, more aeroplanes in the sky making less noise and greener cars – all of these things can be attributed to research by universities in the SETsquared Partnership.

By looking at the way things are built – and the materials they are built from –  including aeroplane and car engines, as well as skeleton sledges and boat hulls, university researchers have been able to improve fuel efficiency, reduce engine noise and weight, boost  performance and increase speed.

Research projects at the five universities of the SETsquared partnership have:

  • Low Carbon Cars - Improved the fuel efficiency of combustion engines through the use of jointly engineered hardware and lubricant technologies.
  • Reducing Aircraft Noise - Helped to optimise the design of engine components to in order to minimise air turbulence and therefore the noise of aeroplane engines.
  • Innovation in Performance Sports - Through the use of computational analysis techniques and wind tunnels have accelerated the development of equipment for performance sports.