Glyndwr University

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Now (since 2016) officially known as Wrexham Glyndŵr University, the University's origins date back to the opening of Wrexham School of Science and Art (WSSA) in 1887. Since then it has evolved and been through several name changes, including Denbighshire Technical College and then, in 1975, the North East Wales Institute of Higher Education. NEWI became a full member of the University of Wales before being officially renamed Glyndŵr University in 2008 after being granted degree-awarding stat​us. It has campuses at Wrexham, Northop and St Asaph in north-east Wales; and at Kingston-upon-Thames in London. It offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as professional courses. The St Asaph campus is a hub for high technology and scientific innovation, offering bespoke engineering design and consultancy services and the manufacture of large optics and is the principal subject of this survey.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University offers significant design, fabrication and verification capabilities that can be utilised for the UK space programme, and has an active track record in commercially exploiting these capabilities in this sector through Glyndŵr Innovations Ltd. The University has encouraged and supported this activity for some years and the OpTIC Centre provides a geographical location appropriate to its activity in the UK photonics sector.

Additive Manufacturing

The team is capable of creating designs optimised to take advantage of the unique properties that additive manufacturing can offer for applications requiring low mass rigid structures. It has recently undertaken studies into the applicability of additive manufacturing processes to aerospace applications.​​​
Bespoke Metrology Facilities​

  • NOM optical profilometer: Capable of measuring a sagittal distance of 70 nm over a scan length of 1.4m. Calibrated with a sagittal measurement accuracy of 350 nm (one standard deviation)
  • Bespoke 10m optical test tower: Currently configured to interferometrically measure ESO E-ELT primary mirror segments, but can be reconfigured for other interferometric applications.
  • Bespoke interferometric beam expander: Working beam diameter 183 mm.​​​​
Contact metrology
  • Leica AT901 Absolute Tracker (currently integrated into a 10m optical test tower): Measurement volume >10 m radius; in-line measurement accuracy of 10 μm; angular accuracy of approximately 40 μm, SpatialAnalyser software
  • FARO Ion Laser Tracker: Measurement volume >10 m radius; in-line measurement accuracy of 10 μm; angular accuracy of approximately 40 μm, CAM2 Measure software
  • DEA Pioneer 6.10.6 CMM, offering a first term traceable measurement accuracy of 5 μm, PC-DMIS software
  • Taylor-Hobson Form Talysurf: One of a small collection of long range contact profilometers made by Taylor-Hobson. The Form Talysurf is a linear profilometer able to give a traverse of up to 300 mm, with a measurement precision of <100 nm
  • Taylor-Hobson Talysurf Intra: Contact profilometer made by Taylor-Hobson giving a traverse of up to 50 mm, with a measurement precision of <100 nm.
  • NT-MDT standalone SMENA Atomic Force Microscope: Measurement footprint 100 μm x 100 μm; height measurement accuracy 0.1 nm or better​​​
​General Metrology
  • A temperature-controlled optical metrology laboratory with two actively isolated optical benches, one approximately 5.4 m in length, and several non-isolated optical benches. Other optical facilities exist at Glyndwr University St Asaph, including other isolated optical benches that are not currently in use.
  • Ocean Optics USB2000+ Spectrometer: The spectrometer operates at a range of integration times (1 ms to 65 s) with an optical resolution of 0.3 nm (FWHM). The spectrometer is configured for best efficiency over 350nm-850nm spectral range, with a grating blaze wavelength at 500 nm, making it ideal for spectral analysis within the visible spectrum and for applications such as fluorescence analysis.
  • Taylor Hobson Talyvel 6 Differential Electronic Level System.
  • Taylor Hobson Small Angle Generator Type TA48 – Certified to 0.1 arc seconds.​​
Interferometric metrology
  • Fisba μPhase 2 HR compact Interferometer: 1024x1020 camera resolution; associated diverger lenses, μShape software.
  • 4D PhaseCam 4000 Interferometer: Stabilised Twyman Green interferometer; 473x475 camera resolution, 4Sight software.
  • 4D PhaseCam 6000 Interferometer: Stabilised Twyman Green interferometer; 995x1003 camera resolution, 4Sight software.
  • 4D PhaseCam 5030 Interferometer: Stabilised Twyman Green interferometer; 1967x1946 camera resolution, 4Sight software.
  • 4D diverger lenses available for the 4D interferometers: F/1, F/2.5, F/4, F/6, F/8.
  • Nikon ADE MicroXam Optical Surface Profiler: White light interferometer; measurement footprint approximately 1 mm x 1 mm height resolution of 0.1​nm.​​
Precision and High-performance Actuation Design
​The team has commercial experience in designing precision actuation for aerospace applications, with high-performance actuators being designed to operate in challenging environmental conditions including high torque, acceleration and vibration.​​​
Satellite Pre-flight Verification System
The team has experience of providing both optical components and opto-mechanical assemblies for use in pre-flight ground support systems.​​
Thermal Design and Engineering
Recent client projects include the design and implementation of passive cooling of a high brightness UV LED system for a medical application; the design and integration of vacuum and cryogenic systems for nuclear research applications; high-precision optical mounting and actuation mechanisms designed for harsh environments, including the use of adhesives for mounting optics for operation at 77 Kelvin with high vibrational and impact loads.​​​​
Wrexham Campus
In addition to the team located at the OpTIC Centre, there is significant engineering design and analysis capability in the CoMManDO research group, which is primarily comprised of research-active academic staff based on the Wrexham campus. Software in regular use for research and teaching enhances the overall capability that can be offered:
  • CATIA V5
  • Abaqus, Isight, FE Safe
  • Ansys Fluent & Mechanical Research capabilities include multi-physics modelling, impact analysis, structural dynamics​​​

Wrexham Glyndŵr University offers significant design, fabrication and verification capabilities that can be utilised for the UK space programme, and has an active track record in commercially exploiting these capabilities in this sector through Glyndŵr Innovations Ltd. The University has encouraged and supported this activity for some years and the OpTIC Centre provides a geographical location appropriate to its activity in the UK photonics sector.​