A £2.4 million state-of-the-art engineering composite test centre is being developed in Rosyth, as part of a new industrial partnership between Babcock International and the University of Edinburgh.
Babcock is the principal engineering designer of the FASTBLADE facility, which will be based at its Rosyth facility, and forms part of the Group’s wider plans around innovation, technology and composite research in the area.
This is the first test facility of its kind in the world and will speed the development of materials and structures for a variety of industries, including those in marine, transport, nuclear and aerospace sectors.
Neil Young, a Technology Director at Babcock has been involved from the project’s concept.
He said: “When the University of Edinburgh approached Babcock, it was looking for specialist facilities and engineering design expertise to help get the project from research application to reality. At Rosyth, we had both these key requirements, which were not available anywhere else in a single location."
“This really is a great industrial partnership. Our engineers, working alongside the University’s renowned academics, have shown what the art of the possible is, in engineering and in working together.”