SUSTAIN Manufacturing Hub Lecture

SUSTAIN Manufacturing Hub Lecture

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The University of Manchester

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Presentation by SUSTAIN deputy director Prof. Cameron Pleydell-Pearce on current research within the research grant.

About this event

This is the fifth lecture in this exciting series designed to introduce research in the Manufacturing the Future EPSRC funded projects to the wider materials community. Professor Cameron Pleydell-Pearce will present the current research underway at the SUSTAIN research grant

Hub Overview:

The SUSTAIN Future Manufacturing Research Hub is an ambitious collaborative research project funded by EPSRC funds as well as by Universities, Trade Bodies, RTOs and Businesses. The project is led by Swansea University, with spokes at the Universities of Sheffield and Warwick and partners the five main steel producers in the UK (British Steel, Celsa UK, Liberty Speciality Steel, Sheffield Forgemasters and Tata Steel UK).

Together the project partners represent a key element of advanced materials that underpin a large proportion of the UK manufacturing sector. The increasing diversity and lower carbon intensity of UK made steel products together with greater productivity and efficiency will thus benefit the whole of UK manufacturing and create opportunities for manufacturing to make inroads into traditional areas for example by driving offsite manufactured construction alternatives to traditional low skill labour intensive routes.

Over its 7 year duration, SUSTAIN will provide a low TRL platform for the development of new, smarter, more environmentally and ecologically sustainable industrial processes to ensure the future of manufacturing in the UK. The project aims to deliver cutting edge science and the engineering research required to create carbon neutral, resource efficient UK steel supply chains. To achieve this, SUSTAIN’s overarching focus addresses two Grand Challenges:

Carbon Neutral Iron and Steelmaking, which will explore how we can transition the industry from using coal as its primary energy source to a mix of waste materials, renewable energy and hydrogen.

Smart Steel Processing, which will examine how digital technology and sensors can be used to increase productivity and also explore how a transformation in the way in which steel is processed can add significant value and create new markets, in particular construction, whilst expanding the opportunities afforded by advanced steel products in the electrification of vehicular transport.

Steel is the world's most used and recyclable advanced material and this project aims to transform the way it is made. This includes approaches both to use and re-use it and harness opportunities to turn any waste product into a value added element for another industry. To illustrate, a steel plant produces enough waste heat to power around 300,000 homes. New materials can trap this heat allowing it to be transported to homes and offices and be used when required without the need for pipes. This then makes the manufacturing site an embedded component of the community and is clearly a model applicable to any other high energy manufacturing operation in other sectors. SUSTAIN will also explore how discoveries in transforming steel can be mapped onto other key foundation materials sectors such as glass, petrochemicals and cement. Implementation of the research findings will be facilitated via SUSTAIN's network of innovation spokes ensuring that high quality research translates to highly profitable and competitive processes.

Cameron Pleydell-Pearce, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Deputy Director of the SUSTAIN Manufacturing Hub

Swansea University

About the Speaker:

Cameron is currently a Tata Steel sponsored Professor and has a long history of interfacing with industry and significant experience of managing industry / academic research collaborations and relationships. His current research spans a broad range of topics supporting innovation in the steel industry from product development to process innovation and optimisation of steel making and extractive metallurgy methods. This includes optimisation of ferrous raw material processing, characterisation of refractory materials and rapid alloy development.

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