Metal Processing

Research Area

Advanced Metals Processing

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Introduction

This theme will deliver a step change in the discovery and making of new material systems. Our researchers are creating alloys with higher performance, better manufacturability, greater flexibility and lower cost. Metals production consumes about 5% of global energy use and is responsible for an annual emission of more than two gigatons of CO2, so our systems will also have lower environmental impact – reduced CO2, reduced reliance on strategic elements, designed for whole life cycle. Advanced Metals Processing will feature agile and lean manufacturing, which is flexible and tailored to customer requirements. Our academics will have the ability to make alloys at a scale that is relevant to research and to upscaling for industry needs. Application areas include: Light weight system solutions for transport industry; New steels for nuclear industry; Net shape aerospace components; Additive repair of high value components; Materials tailored for orthopaedic applications; Primary metal suppliers for automotive manufacturers; Primary metal suppliers for aerospace component manufacturers, gas turbine suppliers.

1.3 Trillion

The manufacturing and processing of metals to form components has an economic worth to the European Economic Area of £1.3 trillion.

Our academics will have the ability to make alloys at a scale that is relevant to research and to upscaling for industry needs. Application areas include: Light weight system solutions for transport industry; New steels for nuclear industry; Net shape aerospace components; Additive repair of high value components; Materials tailored for orthopaedic applications; Primary metal suppliers for automotive manufacturers; Primary metal suppliers for aerospace component manufacturers, gas turbine suppliers.

Metal Processing
Core Research Area

Advanced Metals Processing

Partner

Sheffield University

Led by The University of Sheffield, the core will be a joint activity between Sheffield and Manchester, and will also bring together some of the UK’s leading academics with other Royce partners (Imperial College London, Cambridge, Oxford and Leeds) and those outside the current partnership (e.g. King’s College London, Warwick, Swansea, Birmingham and Nottingham).

Equipment & Facilities

The Translational Centre will act as an open access centre of excellence, incorporating both existing and newly purchased state of the art powder manufacture and processing facilities, to raise the profile and consolidate regional metal powder expertise. The centre will enable Sheffield to lead on advanced powder manufacturing and processing to transfer knowledge and experience, gained from working with industry, to local SMEs active in the healthcare, energy, oil and gas, manufacturing and construction supply chains. The centre will work alongside a second new Royce research centre, the Royce Discovery Centre at the University’s city campus, which will be focussed on early-stage research on materials discovery and processing. The Translational Centre will then take these research discoveries and work with companies to help apply it to their manufacturing challenges. It will house global-leading academics and engineers along with industrial-grade machines to bridge the gap between research into metal processing and applications for sectors such as aerospace, automotive, energy, medical and high-value manufacturing.