Future Liquid Metal Engineering Hub

Lead Research Organisation: Brunel University
Department Name: BCAST

Abstract

Natural resources are the foundation of our life on Earth, without which neither our economy nor society can function. However, due to continued resource overconsumption and the rapidly increasing world population, the global demand for natural resources and the related intense pressure on our environment have reached an unprecedented and unsustainable level. A shocking fact is that our cumulative consumption of natural resources over the last 60 years is greater than that over the whole of previous human history. With an anticipated world population of 9.3bn in 2050, the predicted global natural resource consumption will be almost tripled. This level of overconsumption is obviously not sustainable, and there is a compelling need for us to use our advanced science and technology to work with, rather than to exploit, nature.

Metallic materials are the backbone of manufacturing and the fuel for economic growth. However, metal extraction and refining is extremely energy intensive and causes a huge negative impact on our environment. The world currently produces 50MT of Al and 2bnT of steel each year, accounting for 7-8% of the world's total energy consumption and 8% of the total global CO2 emission. Clearly, we cannot continue this increasing and dissipative use of our limited natural resources. However, the good news is that metals are in principle infinitely recyclable and that their recycling requires only a small fraction of the energy required for primary metal production. Between 1908 and 2007 we produced 833MT of aluminium, 506MT of copper and 33bnT of steels. It is estimated that more than 50% of this metal still exists as accessible stock in our society. Such metal stock will become our energy "bank" and a rich resource for meeting our future needs.

The UK metal casting industry adds £2.6bn/yr to the UK economy, employs 30,000 people, produces 1.14bnT of metal castings per year and underpins the competitive position of every sector of UK manufacturing. Hoever, the industry faces severe challenges, including "hollowing-out" over the past 30 years, increasing energy and materials costs, tightening environmental regulations and a short supply of skilled people. We are now establishing the Future Liquid Metal Engineering Hub to address these challenges. The core Hub activities will be based at Brunel strongly supported by the complementary expertise of our academic spokes at Oxford, Leeds, Manchester and Imperial College and with over £40M investment from our industrial partners. The Hub's long-term vision is full metal circulation, in which the global demand for metallic materials is met by a full circulation of secondary metals (with only limited addition of primary metals each year) through reduced usage, reuse, remanufacture, closed-loop recycling and effective recovery and refining of secondary metals. This represents a paradigm shift for metallurgical science, manufacturing technology and the industrial landscape. The Hub aims to lay down a solid foundation for full metal circulation, demonstrated initially with light metals and then extended to other metals in the longer term. We have identified closed-loop recycling of metallic materials as the greatest challenge and opportunity facing global manufacturing industry, and from this we have co-created with our industrial partners the Hub's research programme. We will conduct fundamental research to deliver a nucleation centred solidification science to underpin closed-loop recycling; we will carry out applied research to develop recycling-friendly high performance metallic materials and sustainable metal processing technologies to enable closed-loop recycling; we will operate a comprehensive outreach programme to engage potential stakeholders to ensure the widest possible impact of our research; we will embed a centre for doctoral training in liquid metal engineering to train future leaders to deliver long-lasting benefits of closed-loop recycling.

Planned Impact

Academic Impact:
The scientific deliverables from the Future LiME Hub represent major advances in solidification science, physical metallurgy, advanced alloy development and resource efficient manufacturing technologies. This knowledge will advance solidification science and will deliver in the long term a nucleation-centred solidification science, which will inspire other researchers for further scientific advance in the field. The academic impact on the wider scientific research community will be significant since nucleation is a widespread phenomenon in nature and technology. For example, it plays a prominent role in condensation and evaporation, crystal growth, deposition of thin films and overall crystallisation. Our research outcomes on nucleation mechanisms and basic techniques for nucleation control will be directly or indirectly applicable to these wider scientific and technological research fields.

Technological Impact:
The Hub's key technological deliverables are recycling-friendly advanced light alloys and sustainable metal processing technologies. Initial technological impact will be in the UK automotive industry and its supply chain and then the wider transportation industry. They will benefit because for the first time they will have direct access to a dedicated Hub for high performance metallic materials and sustainable metal processing technologies. The Hub will be a technology proving ground, and will provide: (1) a shortened lead time from technology concept to industrial production; (2) advanced manufacturing technologies to provide technological advantages over competitors; (3) recycling-friendly advanced metallic materials with reduced cost; and (4) improved sustainability due to reduced CO2 emissions, conservation of natural resources and consequently reduced environmental impact. This will make a major contribution to rebalancing the UK economy.

Environmental Impact:
The potential environmental sustainability impact of the Hub's research is profound as the research and industrial application outputs will have a dramatic influence on curbing the carbon emissions from the global automotive fleet. The research output of closed-loop recyclable light alloys and advanced processing technologies represents a vital strand of an integrated national approach to transport decarbonisation. Closed-loop recycling of aluminium alloys for weight reduction of the world's automotive vehicles fleet has the potential to progressively replace millions of tonnes of steel. Every million tonnes of recycled aluminium used saves a million tonnes of carbon each year from reduced fuel consumption and reduces by 95% the carbon emissions from primary aluminium production.

Economic Impact:
Our Hub programme has the potential to transform the traditional primary metals based industries in the UK and the wider world making them far more sustainable and less dependent on energy hungry primary metal sources. The UK is a net exporter of aluminium scrap to China and India and this is a loss of an extremely valuable resource. The export of aluminium scrap is about 800kT each year so retaining and recycling this in the UK into high value automotive castings, extrusions and sheet for lightweight vehicles can be estimated to be worth about £800 million in terms of added value each year. The overall cumulative contribution to the UK economy would be in billions of pounds over the next 10-20 years. The Hub's research programme will demonstrate that aluminium scrap is an energy bank and a viable source for the manufacture of high integrity automotive structures, and chassis and powertrain components.

Benefit to Society:
The ultimate benefit to society as a whole will be improved quality of life. Society will ultimately benefit from improved air quality through reduced pollution related health problems, increased job opportunities, cleaner and more efficient transport systems, and an enhanced national economy.

Organisations

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description The Hub is currently focused on development and discovery to achieve the overarching closed-loop recycling objective in the following areas:
• Developed new light metal alloys for closed-loop recycling, with specific alignment to industrial mechanical property requirements. These have been applied to numerous industrial applications, including companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and Constellium.
• Developed magnesium based alloys specifically for recycling of secondary alloys.
• Developed a thermodynamic process for closed-loop recycling of secondary alloys.
• Developed a phase field modelling capability that can simulate the growth of intermetallics relevant to iron control and recycling of aluminium alloys.
• Developed multi-scale modelling, simulation and optimisation processes for recycling technologies and processing capabilities.
• Developed aluminium based alloys with increased tolerance to elevated iron content for recycling of secondary alloys.
• Developed a new automated algorithm capable of imaging and measurement of solidification.
• Developed new heterogeneous nucleation methods to control and understand the nucleation of iron rich intermetallics to advance material recycling.
• Developed a grain refinement method for aluminium and magnesium alloys to enhance mechanical properties.
• Continual development of technological approaches to harness inclusions and control Fe content in recycled alloys for extrusion and casting applications, with various applications to industry, for example, the manufacture of automotive exhaust brackets made from secondary recycled aluminium alloys.
Exploitation Route The Future LiME Hub has a continuous steer from industrial demand and requirements. There is constant engagement with key partners, such as Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), Constellium, Nissan, Aeromet, Grainger and Worrall, etc., to name just a few. These companies range from OEMs to their associated casting and extrusion supply chains. Each of these companies currently has projects set up within the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), where the Future LiME Hub is hosted and feeds into, using their state of the art facilities. These projects range from shape casting of an OEM engine block aligned with closed-loop recycling, to applying the developed melt conditioned recycling technology to continuous castings. Furthermore, the Hub is advised by an Industrial Steering Panel (ISP), with the most recent meeting held over a full day in January 2018. Within this meeting, the technologies and research being developed as part of the programme were mapped to a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) framework, and presented back to industry to showcase how to develop the technology to full commercialisation for their applications, detailing the associated investment and resourcing. Industrial pull of our fundamental and technological research will continue to grow as the programme engages with further industrial partners via the Hub's extensive outreach programme.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Construction,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport

 
Description The ultimate vision of the Future LiME Hub is full metal circulation. We are working towards delivering a research programme spanning fundamental nucleation research, materials development, technology innovation and industrial applications. Realisation of full metal circulation in the context of a circular economy is a global challenge and requires the joint efforts of academia, industry, government and society as a whole. The Hub has taken a leadership role on behalf of UK plc and is developing an extensive outreach programme to engage all potential stakeholders to deliver the widest impact. Economic Impact: The Hub is working towards transforming the traditional primary metals based aluminium and magnesium industries in the UK and the wider world making them far more sustainable and less dependent on energy hungry primary metal sources. Although recycled aluminium is used for the manufacture of low grade castings for automotive applications, it is not used for the manufacture of automotive sheet or high performance shaped products that are required for lightweight structures and powertrains. The UK is a net exporter of aluminium scrap to China and India and this is a loss of an extremely valuable resource. The Hub's research programme is demonstrating that aluminium scrap is an energy bank and viable source for the manufacture of high integrity automotive structures and chassis and powertrain components. A key example is the Hub's direct collaboration with Constellium who is a manufacturer of automotive aluminium materials and extrusions. Constellium directly collaborate with the Hub's research programme and have set up additional research projects to advance their materials development, processing and recycling capabilities. Advancing their research and development capabilities within Brunel University London has enabled them to further collaborate with OEMs, including Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota, Nissan, etc., to name just a few. Furthermore, Constellium have set up their University Technical Centre (UTC) at Brunel and are utilising the purpose-built scale-up facilities to develop OEM extruded products, with key examples including battery boxes and crash management systems (CMS). Success of this partnership has attracted Constellium to expand their footprint at Brunel with the launch of their automotive R&D centre in June 2018. From this advancement in their UK based capability, Constellium product sales to OEMs are on the rise and are supporting the UK economic competitiveness in the global market. Benefit to Society: The ultimate benefit to society from the Hub research programme will be improved quality of life. Society will ultimately benefit from improved air quality through reduced pollution related health problems, increased job opportunities, cleaner and more efficient transport systems, and improved national economy. We are currently working directly with OEMs and their supply chains to reduce the use of primary metals to 25%. Therefore, by using 75% secondary materials, each year we would save 219MT bauxite and 2.06TkWh electricity (equivalent to 6 times the UK's annual electricity consumption), and reduce CO2 emission by 784MT. Policy and Environmental Impact: The Hub's long term goal is to create an optimised metallurgical industry based on full metal circulation, which represents a specific implementation of the wider concept of a circular economy. We are currently working with the automotive council and have aligned the Hub's strategic vision of closed-loop recycling to their market determined product drivers and end-of-life vehicle (ELV) analysis. An internal workshop is being held at Brunel in May 2018 to map our research directly to these, and to the ELV directive. This will further build on our current alignment, and continually ensure the research is aligned to the automotive industrial lightweighting requirements (short term 50% weight reduction) and how material resources can be effectively recovered, by delivering our novel recycling principles. OEMs working with the Hub have made a major advance in vehicle body lightweighting with world-leading use of aluminium and magnesium alloys and have highlighted the need for the maximum use of recycled metal from production and end of life. To retain and build on this lead the Future LiME Hub is advancing its exploitation of recycling-friendly alloys and sustainable processing technologies.
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Transport
Impact Types Societal

 
Description Metallurgical training for all, PhDs, researchers and staff members working within the Future LiME Hub
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact To advance skillset of workforce to enhance research efficiency and effectiveness within the Future LiME Hub.
 
Description (AMCC2) Advanced Metals Casting Centre Phase II
Amount £15,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation Higher Education Funding Council for England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2015 
End 06/2017
 
Description ACE-DC
Amount £781,235 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2017 
End 11/2020
 
Description APC7
Amount £860,028 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 04/2020
 
Description Advanced Magnesium piston development
Amount £398,694 (GBP)
Organisation Husqvarna Group 
Start 02/2018 
End 01/2020
 
Description Aluminium Carbon Fibre Hybrid Structures (CAAHS)
Amount £1,857,474 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2016 
End 08/2018
 
Description Aluminium carbon fibre hybrid structures
Amount £699,358 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2016 
End 08/2018
 
Description Application of Master Alloy to HPDC Alloy
Amount £60,284 (GBP)
Organisation Renault 
Sector Private
Country France
Start 10/2015 
End 02/2017
 
Description BIAM-UoM University Technology Centre for Aerospace Materials
Amount £2,500,000 (GBP)
Organisation Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials 
Sector Academic/University
Country China
Start 06/2017 
End 05/2022
 
Description Casting Integrity of High Pressure Die Castings - Studentship Ewan Lordan
Amount £42,840 (GBP)
Organisation Jaguar Land Rover 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 03/2021
 
Description Casting Integrity of High Pressure Die Castings - Studentship Ewan Lordan
Amount £83,296 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2022
 
Description Constellium - LiME Sponsored Fellowship
Amount £510,000 (GBP)
Organisation Constellium 
Sector Private
Country France
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2018
 
Description Development of Alloys and Processing for Aerospace Applications - Studentship
Amount £33,000 (GBP)
Organisation Chemring Energetic UK Ltd 
Start 03/2016 
End 03/2019
 
Description Development of heat treatable ultra high strength Al alloys for automotive applications - iCASE Studentship (student David Makuyana) EPSRC voucher 17000162
Amount £83,296 (GBP)
Funding ID 17000162 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2018 
End 01/2022
 
Description Future Manufacturing Hub in Manufacture using Advanced Power Processes
Amount £10,000,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P006566/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Generation of stronger age hardening aluminium alloys based on a novel thermomechanical processing route
Amount £25,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description High Integrity HPDC Castings
Amount £124,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description JLR APC6 bid
Amount £558,595 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2017 
End 05/2019
 
Description Melt Conditioned Direct Chill Casting of Aluminium Alloys
Amount £340,000 (GBP)
Organisation SAPA 
Sector Private
Country Norway
Start 07/2016 
End 12/2019
 
Description Melt Conditioned Direct Chill Casting of Aluminium Alloys
Amount £340,000 (GBP)
Organisation SAPA 
Sector Private
Country Norway
Start 07/2016 
End 12/2019
 
Description Novel processing of 6xxx alloys for automotive applications
Amount £27,765 (GBP)
Organisation Constellium 
Sector Private
Country France
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2021
 
Description Novel processing of 6xxx alloys for automotive applications - iCASE Studentship Chrysoula Tzileroglou
Amount £83,296 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2022
 
Description PhD Studentship - Aluminium Alloy Development
Amount £37,000 (GBP)
Organisation Jaguar Land Rover 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 01/2019
 
Description PhD Studentship - Aluminium Alloy Development
Amount £37,000 (GBP)
Organisation Jaguar Land Rover 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 01/2019
 
Description REALCAR3
Amount £299,428 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2017 
End 03/2020
 
Description The Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting (IAA)
Amount £11,500 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2016 
End 04/2017
 
Description Virtual Engineering Laboratory
Amount £255,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Wolfson Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 06/2018
 
Description Wear resistant austempersed ductile iron for camshaft in automotive engine - IAA
Amount £19,900 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2017 
End 07/2019
 
Description 6xxx alloys 
Organisation Constellium
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Novel processing of 6xxx alloys for automotive applications.
Collaborator Contribution Constellium hold regular meetings to steer the research to their industrial product requirements.
Impact Outcomes will be recorded at the end of the project.
Start Year 2017
 
Description AFRC - University of Strathclyde 
Organisation University of Strathclyde
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution In-kind - Research and output engagement.
Collaborator Contribution In-kind.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ALFED 
Organisation Aluminium Federation Ltd
PI Contribution Research and output engagement.
Collaborator Contribution In-kind.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description APC Wave 7 : RACE Form 
Organisation Autotech Engineering R&D UK Limited
PI Contribution RACEForm project is designed to catalyse cost-effective light-weighting of high volume vehicle platforms using a robust UK supply chain. The enabling technology, Hot Form Quench HFQ® was developed in Imperial College & the University of Birmingham and has a unique capability to produce, at high speed, complex high-strength aluminium components for body-in-white & chassis applications. The RACEForm projects takes this unique technology, proven for niche vehicle applications, through to a readiness for application in high volume SUV & electric vehicles by combining the expertise of Impression Technologies (who own the HFQ® technology), Gestamp (a global leader in automotive stampings), Innoval (a leading aluminium technology consulting company), Imperial College & Brunel University. The project will aim to reduce production cost via cycle time improvements, validate joining & crash performance & even develop an approach for utilising recycled aluminium for critical structural components delivering lower CO2 emissions, embedded carbon content of the vehicle, production cost & (via weight savings) range/performance of electric versions of platforms.
Collaborator Contribution RACEForm project is designed to catalyse cost-effective light-weighting of high volume vehicle platforms using a robust UK supply chain. The enabling technology, Hot Form Quench HFQ® was developed in Imperial College & the University of Birmingham and has a unique capability to produce, at high speed, complex high-strength aluminium components for body-in-white & chassis applications. The RACEForm projects takes this unique technology, proven for niche vehicle applications, through to a readiness for application in high volume SUV & electric vehicles by combining the expertise of Impression Technologies (who own the HFQ® technology), Gestamp (a global leader in automotive stampings), Innoval (a leading aluminium technology consulting company), Imperial College & Brunel University. The project will aim to reduce production cost via cycle time improvements, validate joining & crash performance & even develop an approach for utilising recycled aluminium for critical structural components delivering lower CO2 emissions, embedded carbon content of the vehicle, production cost & (via weight savings) range/performance of electric versions of platforms.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2017
 
Description APC Wave 7 : RACE Form 
Organisation Imperial College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution RACEForm project is designed to catalyse cost-effective light-weighting of high volume vehicle platforms using a robust UK supply chain. The enabling technology, Hot Form Quench HFQ® was developed in Imperial College & the University of Birmingham and has a unique capability to produce, at high speed, complex high-strength aluminium components for body-in-white & chassis applications. The RACEForm projects takes this unique technology, proven for niche vehicle applications, through to a readiness for application in high volume SUV & electric vehicles by combining the expertise of Impression Technologies (who own the HFQ® technology), Gestamp (a global leader in automotive stampings), Innoval (a leading aluminium technology consulting company), Imperial College & Brunel University. The project will aim to reduce production cost via cycle time improvements, validate joining & crash performance & even develop an approach for utilising recycled aluminium for critical structural components delivering lower CO2 emissions, embedded carbon content of the vehicle, production cost & (via weight savings) range/performance of electric versions of platforms.
Collaborator Contribution RACEForm project is designed to catalyse cost-effective light-weighting of high volume vehicle platforms using a robust UK supply chain. The enabling technology, Hot Form Quench HFQ® was developed in Imperial College & the University of Birmingham and has a unique capability to produce, at high speed, complex high-strength aluminium components for body-in-white & chassis applications. The RACEForm projects takes this unique technology, proven for niche vehicle applications, through to a readiness for application in high volume SUV & electric vehicles by combining the expertise of Impression Technologies (who own the HFQ® technology), Gestamp (a global leader in automotive stampings), Innoval (a leading aluminium technology consulting company), Imperial College & Brunel University. The project will aim to reduce production cost via cycle time improvements, validate joining & crash performance & even develop an approach for utilising recycled aluminium for critical structural components delivering lower CO2 emissions, embedded carbon content of the vehicle, production cost & (via weight savings) range/performance of electric versions of platforms.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2017
 
Description APC Wave 7 : RACE Form 
Organisation Impression Technologies Ltd
PI Contribution RACEForm project is designed to catalyse cost-effective light-weighting of high volume vehicle platforms using a robust UK supply chain. The enabling technology, Hot Form Quench HFQ® was developed in Imperial College & the University of Birmingham and has a unique capability to produce, at high speed, complex high-strength aluminium components for body-in-white & chassis applications. The RACEForm projects takes this unique technology, proven for niche vehicle applications, through to a readiness for application in high volume SUV & electric vehicles by combining the expertise of Impression Technologies (who own the HFQ® technology), Gestamp (a global leader in automotive stampings), Innoval (a leading aluminium technology consulting company), Imperial College & Brunel University. The project will aim to reduce production cost via cycle time improvements, validate joining & crash performance & even develop an approach for utilising recycled aluminium for critical structural components delivering lower CO2 emissions, embedded carbon content of the vehicle, production cost & (via weight savings) range/performance of electric versions of platforms.
Collaborator Contribution RACEForm project is designed to catalyse cost-effective light-weighting of high volume vehicle platforms using a robust UK supply chain. The enabling technology, Hot Form Quench HFQ® was developed in Imperial College & the University of Birmingham and has a unique capability to produce, at high speed, complex high-strength aluminium components for body-in-white & chassis applications. The RACEForm projects takes this unique technology, proven for niche vehicle applications, through to a readiness for application in high volume SUV & electric vehicles by combining the expertise of Impression Technologies (who own the HFQ® technology), Gestamp (a global leader in automotive stampings), Innoval (a leading aluminium technology consulting company), Imperial College & Brunel University. The project will aim to reduce production cost via cycle time improvements, validate joining & crash performance & even develop an approach for utilising recycled aluminium for critical structural components delivering lower CO2 emissions, embedded carbon content of the vehicle, production cost & (via weight savings) range/performance of electric versions of platforms.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2017
 
Description APC Wave 7 : RACE Form 
Organisation Innoval Technology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution RACEForm project is designed to catalyse cost-effective light-weighting of high volume vehicle platforms using a robust UK supply chain. The enabling technology, Hot Form Quench HFQ® was developed in Imperial College & the University of Birmingham and has a unique capability to produce, at high speed, complex high-strength aluminium components for body-in-white & chassis applications. The RACEForm projects takes this unique technology, proven for niche vehicle applications, through to a readiness for application in high volume SUV & electric vehicles by combining the expertise of Impression Technologies (who own the HFQ® technology), Gestamp (a global leader in automotive stampings), Innoval (a leading aluminium technology consulting company), Imperial College & Brunel University. The project will aim to reduce production cost via cycle time improvements, validate joining & crash performance & even develop an approach for utilising recycled aluminium for critical structural components delivering lower CO2 emissions, embedded carbon content of the vehicle, production cost & (via weight savings) range/performance of electric versions of platforms.
Collaborator Contribution RACEForm project is designed to catalyse cost-effective light-weighting of high volume vehicle platforms using a robust UK supply chain. The enabling technology, Hot Form Quench HFQ® was developed in Imperial College & the University of Birmingham and has a unique capability to produce, at high speed, complex high-strength aluminium components for body-in-white & chassis applications. The RACEForm projects takes this unique technology, proven for niche vehicle applications, through to a readiness for application in high volume SUV & electric vehicles by combining the expertise of Impression Technologies (who own the HFQ® technology), Gestamp (a global leader in automotive stampings), Innoval (a leading aluminium technology consulting company), Imperial College & Brunel University. The project will aim to reduce production cost via cycle time improvements, validate joining & crash performance & even develop an approach for utilising recycled aluminium for critical structural components delivering lower CO2 emissions, embedded carbon content of the vehicle, production cost & (via weight savings) range/performance of electric versions of platforms.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Advanced Propulsion Centre UK 
Organisation Advanced Propulsion Centre
Country Unknown 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research and output aligned to their industrial product requirements.
Collaborator Contribution Direct funding and in-kind through projects.
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2017
 
Description Aeromet 
Organisation Aeromet International
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research and output aligned to their industrial product requirements.
Collaborator Contribution Direct funding and in-kind through numerous projects.
Impact Ongoing throughout the programme.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Aerospace Applications - Studentship 
Organisation Chemring Energetic UK Ltd
PI Contribution Development of Alloys and Processing for Aerospace Applications
Collaborator Contribution Regular meetings to steer the research to their industrial product requirements.
Impact Output to be provided on completion.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Alliance Casting European Development Centre ACE-DC 
Organisation Huttenes-Albertus UK Ltd
PI Contribution The proposal will create the first Alliance Casting European Development Centre for Nissan. ACE-DC will develop and launch innovative products and casting technology in relation to engine and vehicle components. A key part of the bid will be the expertise provided by each consortium member: Brunel University's research and expertise in melt conditioning and liquid metal engineering; HAUK will provide advanced coremaking technology including inorganic 3D core printing technology; Lighthouse systems will develop a new mobile application (HTML5) to access their data integration and Manufactuing Execution Systems (MES) for OEE and qaulity management.
Collaborator Contribution Applied technology will centre on the development of lighter and stronger cylinder heads resulting in better fuel consumption, reduced emissions, and improved power to weight ratios. The products will be used both in the UK and exported to Renault plants. The proposal will create 23 jobs, 10 of which will be highly skilled in STEM subjects and safeguard a further 153 in the NMUK plant.
Impact Outcomes to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Alliance Casting European Development Centre ACE-DC 
Organisation Lighthouse Systems Ltd
PI Contribution The proposal will create the first Alliance Casting European Development Centre for Nissan. ACE-DC will develop and launch innovative products and casting technology in relation to engine and vehicle components. A key part of the bid will be the expertise provided by each consortium member: Brunel University's research and expertise in melt conditioning and liquid metal engineering; HAUK will provide advanced coremaking technology including inorganic 3D core printing technology; Lighthouse systems will develop a new mobile application (HTML5) to access their data integration and Manufactuing Execution Systems (MES) for OEE and qaulity management.
Collaborator Contribution Applied technology will centre on the development of lighter and stronger cylinder heads resulting in better fuel consumption, reduced emissions, and improved power to weight ratios. The products will be used both in the UK and exported to Renault plants. The proposal will create 23 jobs, 10 of which will be highly skilled in STEM subjects and safeguard a further 153 in the NMUK plant.
Impact Outcomes to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Alliance Casting European Development Centre ACE-DC 
Organisation Nissan Motor Manufacturing Ltd
PI Contribution The proposal will create the first Alliance Casting European Development Centre for Nissan. ACE-DC will develop and launch innovative products and casting technology in relation to engine and vehicle components. A key part of the bid will be the expertise provided by each consortium member: Brunel University's research and expertise in melt conditioning and liquid metal engineering; HAUK will provide advanced coremaking technology including inorganic 3D core printing technology; Lighthouse systems will develop a new mobile application (HTML5) to access their data integration and Manufactuing Execution Systems (MES) for OEE and qaulity management.
Collaborator Contribution Applied technology will centre on the development of lighter and stronger cylinder heads resulting in better fuel consumption, reduced emissions, and improved power to weight ratios. The products will be used both in the UK and exported to Renault plants. The proposal will create 23 jobs, 10 of which will be highly skilled in STEM subjects and safeguard a further 153 in the NMUK plant.
Impact Outcomes to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Alliance Casting European Development Centre ACE-DC 
Organisation Zero Carbon Futures Ltd
PI Contribution The proposal will create the first Alliance Casting European Development Centre for Nissan. ACE-DC will develop and launch innovative products and casting technology in relation to engine and vehicle components. A key part of the bid will be the expertise provided by each consortium member: Brunel University's research and expertise in melt conditioning and liquid metal engineering; HAUK will provide advanced coremaking technology including inorganic 3D core printing technology; Lighthouse systems will develop a new mobile application (HTML5) to access their data integration and Manufactuing Execution Systems (MES) for OEE and qaulity management.
Collaborator Contribution Applied technology will centre on the development of lighter and stronger cylinder heads resulting in better fuel consumption, reduced emissions, and improved power to weight ratios. The products will be used both in the UK and exported to Renault plants. The proposal will create 23 jobs, 10 of which will be highly skilled in STEM subjects and safeguard a further 153 in the NMUK plant.
Impact Outcomes to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Automotive Council 
Organisation Automotive Council UK
PI Contribution Research and output engagement
Collaborator Contribution In-kind.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description BETA 
Organisation Beta Technology Ltd
PI Contribution Research and output engagement.
Collaborator Contribution In-kind.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Brunel University London 
Organisation Brunel University London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Lead University - host of the Hub of the programme
Collaborator Contribution Direct funding and in-kind through numerous projects.
Impact Ongoing and across a multitude of projects.
Start Year 2015
 
Description CMF 
Organisation Cast Metals Federation
PI Contribution Research and output engagement.
Collaborator Contribution In-kind - advisory.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Carbon Aluminium Automotive Hybrid Structures (CAAHS) 
Organisation Constellium
Department Constellium UK Ltd
PI Contribution The project consortium of Gordon Murray Design, Innoval Technology Limited, Constellium and Brunel University (BCAST) aim to develop an iStream monocoque that is 30 - 40% lighter than the incumbent steel/glass fibre composite structure. Using a novel high strength extrusion alloy combined with advanced composite panels based on recycled carbon fibre, the project aims to further reduce CO2 emissions through significant lightweighting, whilst maintaining the high volume, low cost benefits of the original disruptive iStream technology.
Collaborator Contribution Gordon Murray Design's innovative and ground breaking iStream automotive manufacturing technology allows significant reductions in setup, production costs, vehicle mass, and lifecycle CO2 emissions, whilst offering cost effective design flexibility that exceeds current Euro NCAP occupant and pedestrian impact regulations. The project consortium of Gordon Murray Design, Innoval Technology Limited, Constellium and Brunel University (BCAST) aim to develop an iStream monocoque that is 30 - 40% lighter than the incumbent steel/glass fibre composite structure. Using a novel high strength extrusion alloy combined with advanced composite panels based on recycled carbon fibre, the project aims to further reduce CO2 emissions through significant lightweighting, whilst maintaining the high volume, low cost benefits of the original disruptive iStream technology. The project also aims to take another major step, making full use of the iStream process, towards a new generation of lightweight vehicles for the UK market that can have a major impact on the UK government's carbon reduction targets for the UK vehicle fleet.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Carbon Aluminium Automotive Hybrid Structures (CAAHS) 
Organisation Gordon Murray Design Ltd
PI Contribution The project consortium of Gordon Murray Design, Innoval Technology Limited, Constellium and Brunel University (BCAST) aim to develop an iStream monocoque that is 30 - 40% lighter than the incumbent steel/glass fibre composite structure. Using a novel high strength extrusion alloy combined with advanced composite panels based on recycled carbon fibre, the project aims to further reduce CO2 emissions through significant lightweighting, whilst maintaining the high volume, low cost benefits of the original disruptive iStream technology.
Collaborator Contribution Gordon Murray Design's innovative and ground breaking iStream automotive manufacturing technology allows significant reductions in setup, production costs, vehicle mass, and lifecycle CO2 emissions, whilst offering cost effective design flexibility that exceeds current Euro NCAP occupant and pedestrian impact regulations. The project consortium of Gordon Murray Design, Innoval Technology Limited, Constellium and Brunel University (BCAST) aim to develop an iStream monocoque that is 30 - 40% lighter than the incumbent steel/glass fibre composite structure. Using a novel high strength extrusion alloy combined with advanced composite panels based on recycled carbon fibre, the project aims to further reduce CO2 emissions through significant lightweighting, whilst maintaining the high volume, low cost benefits of the original disruptive iStream technology. The project also aims to take another major step, making full use of the iStream process, towards a new generation of lightweight vehicles for the UK market that can have a major impact on the UK government's carbon reduction targets for the UK vehicle fleet.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Carbon Aluminium Automotive Hybrid Structures (CAAHS) 
Organisation Innoval Technology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The project consortium of Gordon Murray Design, Innoval Technology Limited, Constellium and Brunel University (BCAST) aim to develop an iStream monocoque that is 30 - 40% lighter than the incumbent steel/glass fibre composite structure. Using a novel high strength extrusion alloy combined with advanced composite panels based on recycled carbon fibre, the project aims to further reduce CO2 emissions through significant lightweighting, whilst maintaining the high volume, low cost benefits of the original disruptive iStream technology.
Collaborator Contribution Gordon Murray Design's innovative and ground breaking iStream automotive manufacturing technology allows significant reductions in setup, production costs, vehicle mass, and lifecycle CO2 emissions, whilst offering cost effective design flexibility that exceeds current Euro NCAP occupant and pedestrian impact regulations. The project consortium of Gordon Murray Design, Innoval Technology Limited, Constellium and Brunel University (BCAST) aim to develop an iStream monocoque that is 30 - 40% lighter than the incumbent steel/glass fibre composite structure. Using a novel high strength extrusion alloy combined with advanced composite panels based on recycled carbon fibre, the project aims to further reduce CO2 emissions through significant lightweighting, whilst maintaining the high volume, low cost benefits of the original disruptive iStream technology. The project also aims to take another major step, making full use of the iStream process, towards a new generation of lightweight vehicles for the UK market that can have a major impact on the UK government's carbon reduction targets for the UK vehicle fleet.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Constellium 
Organisation Constellium
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research and output aligned to their industrial product requirements.
Collaborator Contribution Direct funding and in-kind contributions through numerous projects.
Impact Ongoing and across a multitude of projects.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DLR 
Organisation German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Research and output engagement
Collaborator Contribution In-kind - advisory.
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2015
 
Description EPFL 
Organisation Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Research and output engagement
Collaborator Contribution In-kind - advisory.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Grainger & Worrall 
Organisation Grainger & Worrall Limited
PI Contribution Research and output aligned to their industrial product requirements.
Collaborator Contribution Direct funding and in-kind through different projects.
Impact Ongoing across the programme.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht 
Organisation Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Department Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research and output engagement.
Collaborator Contribution In-kind - advisory.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ICME 
Organisation Institute of Cast Metals Engineers
PI Contribution Research and output engagement.
Collaborator Contribution In-kind - advisory.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description IMA 
Organisation International Magnesium Association
PI Contribution Research and output engagement.
Collaborator Contribution In-kind.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2016
 
Description IOM3 
Organisation The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
Country Unknown 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution In-kind - Dr Simon Butler is the chair of the Casting and Solidification Division, succeeding Prof Fan.
Collaborator Contribution In-kind.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Imperial College London 
Organisation Imperial College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Spoke in the Future LiME Hub programme
Collaborator Contribution Regular involvement and updates at meetings, research output, engagement activities, additional facilities.
Impact Outcomes will be recorded at the end of the programme.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Innoval Technologies 
Organisation Innoval Technology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Fundamental research and development capability.
Collaborator Contribution Direct funding and in-kind through numerous projects.
Impact Ongoing and across a multitude of projects.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Innovate UK 
Organisation Innovate UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Research and output aligned to the funded project streams and the industrial product requirements.
Collaborator Contribution Direct - number of projects.
Impact Ongoing and across a multitude of projects.
Start Year 2015
 
Description JLR 
Organisation Jaguar Land Rover
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research output aligned to their industrial product requirements.
Collaborator Contribution Letter of support - invest via direct funding and in-kind contributions.
Impact Ongoing and across a multitude of projects.
Start Year 2015
 
Description JLR - PhD Studentship 
Organisation Jaguar Land Rover
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Aluminium Alloy Development
Collaborator Contribution Guidance and regular input to steer direction to their requirements.
Impact Output to be detailed on completion.
Start Year 2016
 
Description JVM Castings 
Organisation JVM Castings Ltd
PI Contribution Research and output aligned to their industrial product requirements.
Collaborator Contribution Direct funding and in-kind through numerous projects.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Jaguar and Land Rover 
Organisation Jaguar Land Rover
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2006
 
Description LiME Sponsored Fellowship 
Organisation Constellium
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Constellium funded LiME PhD
Collaborator Contribution Regular meetings to steer the research to their industrial product requirements.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on completion.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Lightweight Energy Absorbing Aluminium Structures (LEAAST) 
Organisation Constellium
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Brunel University has developed alloys and casting technologies that enable extrusions and castings to be combined in novel ways to produce a new generation of compact lightweight crash management systems. The envisaged work programme will include a high strength alloy being combined with casting alloys using overcasting techniques and the use of bonded and riveted joints to demonstrate the potential for both increased crash resistance and weight saving. The project will demonstrate and evaluate optimised designs for crash management systems for both automotive and rail transport.
Collaborator Contribution Lightweight crash management systems are of increasing importance for most forms of ground transport. Automotive OEMs like JLR have advanced aluminium automotive body designs but still depend on steel for bumper beams. For rail applications steel based crash systems predominate. Constellium has developed considerably stronger extrusion alloys based on the AA6xxx alloy system that are fully recycling compatible with the sheet used for automotive structures and body panels.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Lightweight Energy Absorbing Aluminium Structures (LEAAST) 
Organisation Grainger & Worrall Limited
PI Contribution Brunel University has developed alloys and casting technologies that enable extrusions and castings to be combined in novel ways to produce a new generation of compact lightweight crash management systems. The envisaged work programme will include a high strength alloy being combined with casting alloys using overcasting techniques and the use of bonded and riveted joints to demonstrate the potential for both increased crash resistance and weight saving. The project will demonstrate and evaluate optimised designs for crash management systems for both automotive and rail transport.
Collaborator Contribution Lightweight crash management systems are of increasing importance for most forms of ground transport. Automotive OEMs like JLR have advanced aluminium automotive body designs but still depend on steel for bumper beams. For rail applications steel based crash systems predominate. Constellium has developed considerably stronger extrusion alloys based on the AA6xxx alloy system that are fully recycling compatible with the sheet used for automotive structures and body panels.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Lightweight Energy Absorbing Aluminium Structures (LEAAST) 
Organisation Innoval Technology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Brunel University has developed alloys and casting technologies that enable extrusions and castings to be combined in novel ways to produce a new generation of compact lightweight crash management systems. The envisaged work programme will include a high strength alloy being combined with casting alloys using overcasting techniques and the use of bonded and riveted joints to demonstrate the potential for both increased crash resistance and weight saving. The project will demonstrate and evaluate optimised designs for crash management systems for both automotive and rail transport.
Collaborator Contribution Lightweight crash management systems are of increasing importance for most forms of ground transport. Automotive OEMs like JLR have advanced aluminium automotive body designs but still depend on steel for bumper beams. For rail applications steel based crash systems predominate. Constellium has developed considerably stronger extrusion alloys based on the AA6xxx alloy system that are fully recycling compatible with the sheet used for automotive structures and body panels.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Lightweight Energy Absorbing Aluminium Structures (LEAAST) 
Organisation Jaguar Land Rover
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Brunel University has developed alloys and casting technologies that enable extrusions and castings to be combined in novel ways to produce a new generation of compact lightweight crash management systems. The envisaged work programme will include a high strength alloy being combined with casting alloys using overcasting techniques and the use of bonded and riveted joints to demonstrate the potential for both increased crash resistance and weight saving. The project will demonstrate and evaluate optimised designs for crash management systems for both automotive and rail transport.
Collaborator Contribution Lightweight crash management systems are of increasing importance for most forms of ground transport. Automotive OEMs like JLR have advanced aluminium automotive body designs but still depend on steel for bumper beams. For rail applications steel based crash systems predominate. Constellium has developed considerably stronger extrusion alloys based on the AA6xxx alloy system that are fully recycling compatible with the sheet used for automotive structures and body panels.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Lightweight Energy Absorbing Aluminium Structures (LEAAST) 
Organisation Luxfer Gas Cylinders
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Brunel University has developed alloys and casting technologies that enable extrusions and castings to be combined in novel ways to produce a new generation of compact lightweight crash management systems. The envisaged work programme will include a high strength alloy being combined with casting alloys using overcasting techniques and the use of bonded and riveted joints to demonstrate the potential for both increased crash resistance and weight saving. The project will demonstrate and evaluate optimised designs for crash management systems for both automotive and rail transport.
Collaborator Contribution Lightweight crash management systems are of increasing importance for most forms of ground transport. Automotive OEMs like JLR have advanced aluminium automotive body designs but still depend on steel for bumper beams. For rail applications steel based crash systems predominate. Constellium has developed considerably stronger extrusion alloys based on the AA6xxx alloy system that are fully recycling compatible with the sheet used for automotive structures and body panels.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Lightweight Energy Absorbing Aluminium Structures (LEAAST) 
Organisation Norton Aluminium Ltd
PI Contribution Brunel University has developed alloys and casting technologies that enable extrusions and castings to be combined in novel ways to produce a new generation of compact lightweight crash management systems. The envisaged work programme will include a high strength alloy being combined with casting alloys using overcasting techniques and the use of bonded and riveted joints to demonstrate the potential for both increased crash resistance and weight saving. The project will demonstrate and evaluate optimised designs for crash management systems for both automotive and rail transport.
Collaborator Contribution Lightweight crash management systems are of increasing importance for most forms of ground transport. Automotive OEMs like JLR have advanced aluminium automotive body designs but still depend on steel for bumper beams. For rail applications steel based crash systems predominate. Constellium has developed considerably stronger extrusion alloys based on the AA6xxx alloy system that are fully recycling compatible with the sheet used for automotive structures and body panels.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Lightweight Energy Absorbing Aluminium Structures (LEAAST) 
Organisation Sarginsons Industries Ltd
PI Contribution Brunel University has developed alloys and casting technologies that enable extrusions and castings to be combined in novel ways to produce a new generation of compact lightweight crash management systems. The envisaged work programme will include a high strength alloy being combined with casting alloys using overcasting techniques and the use of bonded and riveted joints to demonstrate the potential for both increased crash resistance and weight saving. The project will demonstrate and evaluate optimised designs for crash management systems for both automotive and rail transport.
Collaborator Contribution Lightweight crash management systems are of increasing importance for most forms of ground transport. Automotive OEMs like JLR have advanced aluminium automotive body designs but still depend on steel for bumper beams. For rail applications steel based crash systems predominate. Constellium has developed considerably stronger extrusion alloys based on the AA6xxx alloy system that are fully recycling compatible with the sheet used for automotive structures and body panels.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Lightweight Energy Absorbing Aluminium Structures (LEAAST) 
Organisation T. A. Savery & Co Limited
PI Contribution Brunel University has developed alloys and casting technologies that enable extrusions and castings to be combined in novel ways to produce a new generation of compact lightweight crash management systems. The envisaged work programme will include a high strength alloy being combined with casting alloys using overcasting techniques and the use of bonded and riveted joints to demonstrate the potential for both increased crash resistance and weight saving. The project will demonstrate and evaluate optimised designs for crash management systems for both automotive and rail transport.
Collaborator Contribution Lightweight crash management systems are of increasing importance for most forms of ground transport. Automotive OEMs like JLR have advanced aluminium automotive body designs but still depend on steel for bumper beams. For rail applications steel based crash systems predominate. Constellium has developed considerably stronger extrusion alloys based on the AA6xxx alloy system that are fully recycling compatible with the sheet used for automotive structures and body panels.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Lightweight Energy Absorbing Aluminium Structures (LEAAST) 
Organisation University of Strathclyde
Department Advanced Forming Research Centre
PI Contribution Brunel University has developed alloys and casting technologies that enable extrusions and castings to be combined in novel ways to produce a new generation of compact lightweight crash management systems. The envisaged work programme will include a high strength alloy being combined with casting alloys using overcasting techniques and the use of bonded and riveted joints to demonstrate the potential for both increased crash resistance and weight saving. The project will demonstrate and evaluate optimised designs for crash management systems for both automotive and rail transport.
Collaborator Contribution Lightweight crash management systems are of increasing importance for most forms of ground transport. Automotive OEMs like JLR have advanced aluminium automotive body designs but still depend on steel for bumper beams. For rail applications steel based crash systems predominate. Constellium has developed considerably stronger extrusion alloys based on the AA6xxx alloy system that are fully recycling compatible with the sheet used for automotive structures and body panels.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Lotus 
Organisation Lotus Engineering Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research and output engagement.
Collaborator Contribution In-kind support.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description MC-DC Casting 
Organisation SAPA Profiles UK Ltd
PI Contribution Melt Conditioned Direct Chill Casting of Aluminium Alloys
Collaborator Contribution Sapa hold regular meetings to steer the research to their industrial product requirements
Impact Output to be detailed on completion
Start Year 2015
 
Description MPI 
Organisation Materials Processing Institute
Country Unknown 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research and output aligned to industrial requirements.
Collaborator Contribution In-kind.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Mg piston 
Organisation Husqvarna Group
PI Contribution Advanced Magnesium piston development
Collaborator Contribution Husqvarna hold regular meetings to steer the research to their industrial product requirements.
Impact Outcomes will be recorded at the end of the project.
Start Year 2018
 
Description NPL 
Organisation National Physical Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research and output engagement.
Collaborator Contribution In-kind.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description NTNU 
Organisation Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Country Norway 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research and output engagement.
Collaborator Contribution In-kind - advisory.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Norton Aluminium 
Organisation Norton Aluminium Ltd
PI Contribution Research and output aligned to their industrial product requirements.
Collaborator Contribution Direct funding and in-kind through numerous projects.
Impact Ongoing throughout the programme.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Primetals Technologies 
Organisation Primetals technologies ltd
Country Unknown 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research and output aligned to their industrial product requirements.
Collaborator Contribution Direct funding of numerous projects.
Impact Ongoing and across a multitude of projects.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Recycling of Aluminium through Innovative Technology (REALITY) 
Organisation Axion Recycling Ltd
PI Contribution The 36 month REALITY project will enable the development and industrial deployment of sensor-based scrap sorting technologies to separate wrought and cast alloys and then to further separate wrought alloys into alloy types for the first time. Full scale recycled scrap based sheet and castings will be produced and evaluated. End-of-life vehicles will be shredded and automatically sorted using state of the art sensing and sorting technologies. The recovered wrought and cast scrap will be alloyed, melt conditioned to remove or tolerate impurities and then supplied for either coil production or for the commercial scale shape casting production by high pressure vacuum diecasting. Materials evaluation and characterisation will be carried out on both the resultant sheet and cast product forms. Cost effective automated separation processes for shredder scrap will enable the closed-loop recycling of end-of-life vehicles back into high performance product forms for new vehicle body manufacture in the UK, providing significant CO2 savings (less or no primary metal) and major cost savings. The UK, the major exporter or the more than 1Mt of aluminium scrap from the EU each year, will be uniquely placed to use rather than export this precious scrap based secondary aluminium alloy resource.
Collaborator Contribution The 36 month REALITY project will enable the development and industrial deployment of sensor-based scrap sorting technologies to separate wrought and cast alloys and then to further separate wrought alloys into alloy types for the first time. Full scale recycled scrap based sheet and castings will be produced and evaluated. End-of-life vehicles will be shredded and automatically sorted using state of the art sensing and sorting technologies. The recovered wrought and cast scrap will be alloyed, melt conditioned to remove or tolerate impurities and then supplied for either coil production or for the commercial scale shape casting production by high pressure vacuum diecasting. Materials evaluation and characterisation will be carried out on both the resultant sheet and cast product forms. Cost effective automated separation processes for shredder scrap will enable the closed-loop recycling of end-of-life vehicles back into high performance product forms for new vehicle body manufacture in the UK, providing significant CO2 savings (less or no primary metal) and major cost savings. The UK, the major exporter or the more than 1Mt of aluminium scrap from the EU each year, will be uniquely placed to use rather than export this precious scrap based secondary aluminium alloy resource.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Recycling of Aluminium through Innovative Technology (REALITY) 
Organisation Innoval Technology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The 36 month REALITY project will enable the development and industrial deployment of sensor-based scrap sorting technologies to separate wrought and cast alloys and then to further separate wrought alloys into alloy types for the first time. Full scale recycled scrap based sheet and castings will be produced and evaluated. End-of-life vehicles will be shredded and automatically sorted using state of the art sensing and sorting technologies. The recovered wrought and cast scrap will be alloyed, melt conditioned to remove or tolerate impurities and then supplied for either coil production or for the commercial scale shape casting production by high pressure vacuum diecasting. Materials evaluation and characterisation will be carried out on both the resultant sheet and cast product forms. Cost effective automated separation processes for shredder scrap will enable the closed-loop recycling of end-of-life vehicles back into high performance product forms for new vehicle body manufacture in the UK, providing significant CO2 savings (less or no primary metal) and major cost savings. The UK, the major exporter or the more than 1Mt of aluminium scrap from the EU each year, will be uniquely placed to use rather than export this precious scrap based secondary aluminium alloy resource.
Collaborator Contribution The 36 month REALITY project will enable the development and industrial deployment of sensor-based scrap sorting technologies to separate wrought and cast alloys and then to further separate wrought alloys into alloy types for the first time. Full scale recycled scrap based sheet and castings will be produced and evaluated. End-of-life vehicles will be shredded and automatically sorted using state of the art sensing and sorting technologies. The recovered wrought and cast scrap will be alloyed, melt conditioned to remove or tolerate impurities and then supplied for either coil production or for the commercial scale shape casting production by high pressure vacuum diecasting. Materials evaluation and characterisation will be carried out on both the resultant sheet and cast product forms. Cost effective automated separation processes for shredder scrap will enable the closed-loop recycling of end-of-life vehicles back into high performance product forms for new vehicle body manufacture in the UK, providing significant CO2 savings (less or no primary metal) and major cost savings. The UK, the major exporter or the more than 1Mt of aluminium scrap from the EU each year, will be uniquely placed to use rather than export this precious scrap based secondary aluminium alloy resource.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Recycling of Aluminium through Innovative Technology (REALITY) 
Organisation Jaguar Land Rover
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The 36 month REALITY project will enable the development and industrial deployment of sensor-based scrap sorting technologies to separate wrought and cast alloys and then to further separate wrought alloys into alloy types for the first time. Full scale recycled scrap based sheet and castings will be produced and evaluated. End-of-life vehicles will be shredded and automatically sorted using state of the art sensing and sorting technologies. The recovered wrought and cast scrap will be alloyed, melt conditioned to remove or tolerate impurities and then supplied for either coil production or for the commercial scale shape casting production by high pressure vacuum diecasting. Materials evaluation and characterisation will be carried out on both the resultant sheet and cast product forms. Cost effective automated separation processes for shredder scrap will enable the closed-loop recycling of end-of-life vehicles back into high performance product forms for new vehicle body manufacture in the UK, providing significant CO2 savings (less or no primary metal) and major cost savings. The UK, the major exporter or the more than 1Mt of aluminium scrap from the EU each year, will be uniquely placed to use rather than export this precious scrap based secondary aluminium alloy resource.
Collaborator Contribution The 36 month REALITY project will enable the development and industrial deployment of sensor-based scrap sorting technologies to separate wrought and cast alloys and then to further separate wrought alloys into alloy types for the first time. Full scale recycled scrap based sheet and castings will be produced and evaluated. End-of-life vehicles will be shredded and automatically sorted using state of the art sensing and sorting technologies. The recovered wrought and cast scrap will be alloyed, melt conditioned to remove or tolerate impurities and then supplied for either coil production or for the commercial scale shape casting production by high pressure vacuum diecasting. Materials evaluation and characterisation will be carried out on both the resultant sheet and cast product forms. Cost effective automated separation processes for shredder scrap will enable the closed-loop recycling of end-of-life vehicles back into high performance product forms for new vehicle body manufacture in the UK, providing significant CO2 savings (less or no primary metal) and major cost savings. The UK, the major exporter or the more than 1Mt of aluminium scrap from the EU each year, will be uniquely placed to use rather than export this precious scrap based secondary aluminium alloy resource.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Recycling of Aluminium through Innovative Technology (REALITY) 
Organisation Norton Aluminium Ltd
PI Contribution The 36 month REALITY project will enable the development and industrial deployment of sensor-based scrap sorting technologies to separate wrought and cast alloys and then to further separate wrought alloys into alloy types for the first time. Full scale recycled scrap based sheet and castings will be produced and evaluated. End-of-life vehicles will be shredded and automatically sorted using state of the art sensing and sorting technologies. The recovered wrought and cast scrap will be alloyed, melt conditioned to remove or tolerate impurities and then supplied for either coil production or for the commercial scale shape casting production by high pressure vacuum diecasting. Materials evaluation and characterisation will be carried out on both the resultant sheet and cast product forms. Cost effective automated separation processes for shredder scrap will enable the closed-loop recycling of end-of-life vehicles back into high performance product forms for new vehicle body manufacture in the UK, providing significant CO2 savings (less or no primary metal) and major cost savings. The UK, the major exporter or the more than 1Mt of aluminium scrap from the EU each year, will be uniquely placed to use rather than export this precious scrap based secondary aluminium alloy resource.
Collaborator Contribution The 36 month REALITY project will enable the development and industrial deployment of sensor-based scrap sorting technologies to separate wrought and cast alloys and then to further separate wrought alloys into alloy types for the first time. Full scale recycled scrap based sheet and castings will be produced and evaluated. End-of-life vehicles will be shredded and automatically sorted using state of the art sensing and sorting technologies. The recovered wrought and cast scrap will be alloyed, melt conditioned to remove or tolerate impurities and then supplied for either coil production or for the commercial scale shape casting production by high pressure vacuum diecasting. Materials evaluation and characterisation will be carried out on both the resultant sheet and cast product forms. Cost effective automated separation processes for shredder scrap will enable the closed-loop recycling of end-of-life vehicles back into high performance product forms for new vehicle body manufacture in the UK, providing significant CO2 savings (less or no primary metal) and major cost savings. The UK, the major exporter or the more than 1Mt of aluminium scrap from the EU each year, will be uniquely placed to use rather than export this precious scrap based secondary aluminium alloy resource.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Recycling of Aluminium through Innovative Technology (REALITY) 
Organisation Novelis
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The 36 month REALITY project will enable the development and industrial deployment of sensor-based scrap sorting technologies to separate wrought and cast alloys and then to further separate wrought alloys into alloy types for the first time. Full scale recycled scrap based sheet and castings will be produced and evaluated. End-of-life vehicles will be shredded and automatically sorted using state of the art sensing and sorting technologies. The recovered wrought and cast scrap will be alloyed, melt conditioned to remove or tolerate impurities and then supplied for either coil production or for the commercial scale shape casting production by high pressure vacuum diecasting. Materials evaluation and characterisation will be carried out on both the resultant sheet and cast product forms. Cost effective automated separation processes for shredder scrap will enable the closed-loop recycling of end-of-life vehicles back into high performance product forms for new vehicle body manufacture in the UK, providing significant CO2 savings (less or no primary metal) and major cost savings. The UK, the major exporter or the more than 1Mt of aluminium scrap from the EU each year, will be uniquely placed to use rather than export this precious scrap based secondary aluminium alloy resource.
Collaborator Contribution The 36 month REALITY project will enable the development and industrial deployment of sensor-based scrap sorting technologies to separate wrought and cast alloys and then to further separate wrought alloys into alloy types for the first time. Full scale recycled scrap based sheet and castings will be produced and evaluated. End-of-life vehicles will be shredded and automatically sorted using state of the art sensing and sorting technologies. The recovered wrought and cast scrap will be alloyed, melt conditioned to remove or tolerate impurities and then supplied for either coil production or for the commercial scale shape casting production by high pressure vacuum diecasting. Materials evaluation and characterisation will be carried out on both the resultant sheet and cast product forms. Cost effective automated separation processes for shredder scrap will enable the closed-loop recycling of end-of-life vehicles back into high performance product forms for new vehicle body manufacture in the UK, providing significant CO2 savings (less or no primary metal) and major cost savings. The UK, the major exporter or the more than 1Mt of aluminium scrap from the EU each year, will be uniquely placed to use rather than export this precious scrap based secondary aluminium alloy resource.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Recycling of Aluminium through Innovative Technology (REALITY) 
Organisation University of Warwick
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The 36 month REALITY project will enable the development and industrial deployment of sensor-based scrap sorting technologies to separate wrought and cast alloys and then to further separate wrought alloys into alloy types for the first time. Full scale recycled scrap based sheet and castings will be produced and evaluated. End-of-life vehicles will be shredded and automatically sorted using state of the art sensing and sorting technologies. The recovered wrought and cast scrap will be alloyed, melt conditioned to remove or tolerate impurities and then supplied for either coil production or for the commercial scale shape casting production by high pressure vacuum diecasting. Materials evaluation and characterisation will be carried out on both the resultant sheet and cast product forms. Cost effective automated separation processes for shredder scrap will enable the closed-loop recycling of end-of-life vehicles back into high performance product forms for new vehicle body manufacture in the UK, providing significant CO2 savings (less or no primary metal) and major cost savings. The UK, the major exporter or the more than 1Mt of aluminium scrap from the EU each year, will be uniquely placed to use rather than export this precious scrap based secondary aluminium alloy resource.
Collaborator Contribution The 36 month REALITY project will enable the development and industrial deployment of sensor-based scrap sorting technologies to separate wrought and cast alloys and then to further separate wrought alloys into alloy types for the first time. Full scale recycled scrap based sheet and castings will be produced and evaluated. End-of-life vehicles will be shredded and automatically sorted using state of the art sensing and sorting technologies. The recovered wrought and cast scrap will be alloyed, melt conditioned to remove or tolerate impurities and then supplied for either coil production or for the commercial scale shape casting production by high pressure vacuum diecasting. Materials evaluation and characterisation will be carried out on both the resultant sheet and cast product forms. Cost effective automated separation processes for shredder scrap will enable the closed-loop recycling of end-of-life vehicles back into high performance product forms for new vehicle body manufacture in the UK, providing significant CO2 savings (less or no primary metal) and major cost savings. The UK, the major exporter or the more than 1Mt of aluminium scrap from the EU each year, will be uniquely placed to use rather than export this precious scrap based secondary aluminium alloy resource.
Impact Outcome to be detailed on project completion.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Renault 
Organisation Renault
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research and output aligned to their industrial product requirements.
Collaborator Contribution Direct funding and in-kind through numerous projects.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Ricardo 
Organisation Ricardo UK Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research and output engagement
Collaborator Contribution In-kind support.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description SAPA 
Organisation SAPA
Country Norway 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research and output aligned to their industrial product requirements.
Collaborator Contribution Direct funding via
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Sarginsons 
Organisation Sarginsons Industries Ltd
PI Contribution Research and output aligned to their industrial product requirement.
Collaborator Contribution Direct funding and in-kind through numerous projects.
Impact Ongoing and across a multitude of projects.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Stone Foundries 
Organisation Stone Foundries Ltd
PI Contribution Research and output engagement.
Collaborator Contribution In-kind - advisory.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Studentship Ewan Lordan 
Organisation Jaguar Land Rover
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Casting Integrity of High Pressure Die Castings.
Collaborator Contribution JLR hold regular meetings to steer the research to their industrial product requirements.
Impact Outcomes will be recorded at the end of the project.
Start Year 2017
 
Description University of Leeds 
Organisation University of Leeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Spoke in the Future LiME Hub.
Collaborator Contribution Regular involvement and updates at meetings, research output, engagement activities, additional facilities.
Impact Outcomes will be recorded at the end of the programme.
Start Year 2015
 
Description University of Manchester 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Spoke in the Future LiME Hub Programme
Collaborator Contribution Regular involvement and updates at meetings, research output, engagement activities, additional facilities.
Impact Outcomes will be recorded at the end of the programme.
Start Year 2015
 
Description University of Oxford 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Spoke in the Future LiME Hub.
Collaborator Contribution Regular involvement and updates at meetings, research output, engagement activities, additional facilities.
Impact Outcomes will be recorded at the end of the programme.
Start Year 2015
 
Description University of Queensland 
Organisation University of Queensland
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research and output engagement.
Collaborator Contribution In-kind - advisory.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Organisation University of Wisconsin-Madison
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research and output engagement.
Collaborator Contribution In-kind - advisory.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Weir Group 
Organisation Weir Group plc
PI Contribution Research and output engagement.
Collaborator Contribution In-kind - advisory.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2016
 
Title A casting alloy 
Description This patent covers the development of a new casting alloy. 
IP Reference GB1616520.1 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2016
Licensed Yes
Impact This new alloy developed is now being transitioned into Jaguar Land Rover.
 
Title Methods and process to improve the mechanical properties of cast aluminium alloys at ambient temperature and at elevated temperatures 
Description Methods and process to improve the mechanical properties of cast aluminium alloys at ambient temperature and at elevated temperatures 
IP Reference GB1701667.6 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2017
Licensed No
Impact The next stage is to embed these novel processes within the automotive industry, of which there are direct links and alignment to their product requirements.
 
Title Purifying an Alloy Melt 
Description Refining alloy melt by treating with gases, e.g. gas flushing also refining by means of a material generating gas in situ. 
IP Reference W02016146980 A1 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2016
Licensed No
Impact Castings of the automotive exhaust brackets have been made by the Fiat group.
 
Title Digital micrograph 
Description Gatan microscopy suite software. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This software has been used for the collection and analysis of TEM images and to calculate the size and density of particles acquired during TEM analysis using various tool kits. 
 
Title Dr. Probe 
Description High-resolution (S)TEM image simulation software. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Used to simulate the high resolution HAADF -STEM images. 
 
Title Fiji. 
Description Used for image analysis and processing large number of images and reconstruction of 3D structures especially from Cross beam SEM-FIB. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact This software allows for a full understanding of the morphology and size distribution which contributes to the understanding of structure property relationships. 
 
Title Matlab 
Description Mathematical prediction and analysis. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Various tool kits are used for analysis of slices imaged during cross beam SEM-FIB. 
 
Title OpenFOAM 
Description Finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2016 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact This software is used to model the casting processes. 
 
Title QSTEM 
Description Quantitative TEM/STEM simulations. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2018 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Used for the simulation of STEM and high resolution TEM images. 
 
Title Vista 
Description Vista (visualization for electronic and structural analysis). 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Used for establishing super-lattice structure for QSTEM. 
 
Description Centre for Doctoral Training experience day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Our Centre for Doctoral Training experience day offers the opportunity for groups of 1st year PhD students to receive a more focussed insight into the research and processes utilised within the Future LiME Hub. Incorporating tours, demonstrations, presentations and practical work where appropriate, allowing students to gain a deeper understanding of the research, vision, and objectives and help us to ensure that we work with other institutions to encourage, facilitate, inform and build connections with the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018
 
Description Conference Presence 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Regular presence at a vast number of national and international conferences, across all related topics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017,2018
 
Description Exhibition presence 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Numerous exhibitions attended including: Materials research Exchange, Manufacturing 2075, LCV, Science and Innovation Conference, Brunel Research Conference and Advanced Manufacturing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017,2018
 
Description Industrial Steering Panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Industrial Steering Panel (ISP) represents the key strategic interests of the current and potential end-users of the research carried out within the Future LiME Hub. The members of the panel represent a wide array of contributors from casting and metallic processing industries to the manufacturers and users of the end products. They advise on the potential future opportunities for LiME's research to be applied to industrial and manufacturing needs and help to ensure the industrial relevance of our applied research.

The main objective of the ISP is to provide independent advice from an industrial perspective on the progress of the LiME projects and the overall strategic direction and relevance of the Hub's research. ISP membership is reviewed by the Hub Management Group annually to reflect the dynamic nature of the research programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018
 
Description International Advisory Board 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The International Advisory Board (IAB) stand as experts in the areas of the Future LiME Hub's research. They advise the LiME Hub Management Group on strategic research directions and opportunities in solidification and casting research, benchmark the quality and progress of our research against the international stage and participate in the Hub's international activities. The members come from a number of renowned institutions from across the globe and have many years of experience within the field.

The IAB meets with the LiME Hub Management Group and researchers annually to receive and review updates on LiME's research and operational progress. The board have the opportunity to discuss developments and make suggestions for the future direction of research and industrial related engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018
 
Description International Conference Host 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hosting key conference series, included in the programme so far: The 6th Deciennal Conference on Solidification Processing - SP17 & The 11th International Conference on Magnesium Alloys and Their Application - Mg2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description LiME Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Future LiME Hub's website was re-designed to reflect the new programme and its objectives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2016
URL http://lime.ac.uk
 
Description Lunchtime Lecture Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The lunchtime lecture series provides BCAST researchers and externally invited speakers to come in and present their current research to their peers. Held regularly on a Wednesday.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017,2018
 
Description Twitter Feed 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Continued use of Twitter - updated to reflect the new Hub programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017,2018
 
Description Weekly Seminars 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Inform and disseminate data


Valuable knowledge exchanged locally
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Work Experience Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Our week long school work experience programme provides older school aged students with the opportunity to gain an introduction and overview of the facilities, equipment and research that goes on within the Hub's program.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017