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£1 million project set to move frontiers of testing

26 May 10

A £1 million project launched at the University of Bradford on Wednesday 26 May will develop next generation test methods for turbochargers, a key component for reducing emissions in engines worldwide.

The Advanced Turbocharger Technology Engineering Project is the latest world leading development in turbocharger technology by Huddersfield based Cummins Turbo Technologies, technology leaders for some of the world's best known engine manufacturers. Working in partnership with the School of Engineering, Design and Technology at the University of Bradford, Cummins Turbo Technologies have successfully secured joint funding with Yorkshire Forward demonstrating the regional development agencies commitment to securing engineering excellence in the region.

As low-emission legislation worldwide is pushing the operating conditions of the turbocharger to extreme speeds and temperatures, new test methods will enable Cummins to develop technologies to withstand difficult operating conditions on marine, truck and other large diesel engines worldwide, technology that is contributing to a cleaner world. The knowledge gained will also enhance the high-technology design and research capabilities in the Yorkshire region.

Director of the Automotive Research & Knowledge Transfer Centre at the University of Bradford, Professor Andrew Day said: "The project partnership with Bradford University will enhance the technology base of the region in the important high value-added Automotive field and will strengthen these links to increase the possibilities for future collaboration. The University will also extend its academic expertise to enable training of future graduates in high technology knowledge and skills for the benefit of this crucial sector in the region and nationwide."

Cummins' Project Director, Dr John Allport, said, "Cummins Turbo Technologies are delighted to work in partnership with the University of Bradford on this ground breaking project which will benefit from the necessary high-technology research facilities. In turn, the University will develop new areas of research expertise, particularly in heavy duty engine research where facilities are rare, through the development of this world class large engine research facility."

After short speeches by our Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark Cleary, Cummins Turbo Technologies Executive Director Research and Engineering Mark Firth, and Yorkshire Forward's Programme Manager, John Millar, there will be a short presentation on the research and a demonstration of the research equipment in operation.

26 May 10

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