Transforming the Foundation Industries: a Network+ Towards Value by Innovation

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: Materials Science and Engineering

Abstract

The UK Foundation Industries (Glass, Metals, Cement, Ceramics, Bulk Chemicals and Paper), are worth £52B to the UK economy, produce 28 million tonnes of materials per year and account for 10% of the UK total CO2 emissions. These industries face major challenges in meeting the UK Government's legal commitment for 2050 to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 100% relative to 1990, as they are characterised by highly intensive use of both resources and energy.

While all sectors are implementing steps to increase recycling and reuse of materials, they are at varying stages of creating road maps to zero carbon. These roadmaps depend on the switching of the national grid to low carbon energy supply based on green electricity and sustainable sources of hydrogen and biofuels along with carbon capture and storage solutions. Achievement of net zero carbon will also require innovations in product and process design and the adoption of circular economy and industrial symbiosis approaches via new business models, enabled as necessary by changes in national and global policies. Additionally, the Governments £4.7B National Productivity Investment Fund recognises the need for raising UK productivity across all industrial sectors to match best international standards. High levels of productivity coupled with low carbon strategies will contribute to creating a transformation of the foundation industry landscape, encouraging strategic retention of the industries in the UK, resilience against global supply chain shocks such as Covid-19 and providing quality jobs and a clean environment.

The strategic importance of these industries to UK productivity and environmental targets has been acknowledged by the provision of £66M from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to support a Transforming Foundation Industries cluster. Recognising that the individual sectors will face many common problems and opportunities, the TFI cluster will serve to encourage and facilitate a cross sectoral approach to the major challenges faced. As part of this funding an Academic Network Plus will be formed, to ensure the establishment of a vibrant community of academics and industry that can organise and collaborate to build disciplinary and interdisciplinary solutions to the major challenges. The Network Plus will serve as a basis to ensure that the ongoing £66M TFI programme is rolled out, underpinned by a portfolio of the best available UK interdisciplinary science, and informed by cross sectoral industry participation.

Our network, initially drawn from eight UK universities, and over 30 industrial organisations will support the UK foundation industries by engaging with academia, industry, policy makers and non-governmental organisations to identify and address challenges and opportunities to co-develop and adopt transformative technologies, business models and working practices. Our expertise covers all six foundation industries, with relevant knowledge of materials, engineering, bulk chemicals, manufacturing, physical sciences, informatics, economics, circular economy and the arts & humanities. Through our programme of mini-projects, workshops, knowledge transfer, outreach and dissemination, the Network will test concepts and guide the development of innovative outcomes to help transform UK foundation industries. The Network will be inclusive across disciplines, embracing best practice in Knowledge Exchange from the Arts and Humanities, and inclusive of the whole UK academic and industrial communities, enabling access for all to the activity programme and project fund opportunities.

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Description Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Sika Limited (13081)
Amount £135,384 (GBP)
Funding ID 13081 
Organisation University of Leeds 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2022 
End 08/2025
 
Description Brunel University London- Investigation of a Flat Heat Pipe for high temperature waste heat recovery from metal slabs 
Organisation Brunel University London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Prof. Hussam Jouhara from Brunel University London was awarded £52, 647 for the project: Investigation of a Flat Heat Pipe for high temperature waste heat recovery from metal slabs'. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which has industrial support from Econotherm Ltd.
Collaborator Contribution Prof. Hussam Jouhara from Brunel University London is the Principal Investigator on this small grant, which took place at the Brunel University London. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to him. Econotherm Ltd. manufactured the Flat Heat Pipe which is being investigated in this research and contributed to the design of the unit.
Impact The disciplines involved in the project include: mechanical engineering and engineering design. This project is ongoing and as such, the final results and the impact have yet to be realised. The project is implementing a lab scale version of the Flat Heat Pipe. A theoretical and numerical investigation will be carried out. The application of the Flat Heat Pipe to recover waste energy from radiative sources without affecting the material cooling quality may be applied to multiple industry sectors where a potential for radiative heat recovery exists.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Brunel University London- Investigation of a Flat Heat Pipe for high temperature waste heat recovery from metal slabs 
Organisation Econotherm Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Prof. Hussam Jouhara from Brunel University London was awarded £52, 647 for the project: Investigation of a Flat Heat Pipe for high temperature waste heat recovery from metal slabs'. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which has industrial support from Econotherm Ltd.
Collaborator Contribution Prof. Hussam Jouhara from Brunel University London is the Principal Investigator on this small grant, which took place at the Brunel University London. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to him. Econotherm Ltd. manufactured the Flat Heat Pipe which is being investigated in this research and contributed to the design of the unit.
Impact The disciplines involved in the project include: mechanical engineering and engineering design. This project is ongoing and as such, the final results and the impact have yet to be realised. The project is implementing a lab scale version of the Flat Heat Pipe. A theoretical and numerical investigation will be carried out. The application of the Flat Heat Pipe to recover waste energy from radiative sources without affecting the material cooling quality may be applied to multiple industry sectors where a potential for radiative heat recovery exists.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Imperial College London- Formulation of graphene-enhanced materials for resource-efficient laser additive manufacturing 
Organisation Imperial College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Dr. Iuliia Elizarova from Imperial College London was awarded £29.758 for the project 'Formulation of graphene-enhanced materials for resource-efficient laser additive manufacturing'. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Iuliia Elizarova from Imperial College London is the Principal Investigator on this small grant, which took place at the Imperial College London. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to her.
Impact The disciplines involved in the project include: materials science and engineering. The project is on-going. It will explore the use of chemically modified graphene (CMG) as a single novel enhancing additive to enable direct laser additive manufacturing with any desired material, including upcycled. If realised, it will unlock the technology's true potential as a sustainable, low energy, low waste, and universal disruptive production method capable of replacing outdated resource-intensive practices in foundation industries and providing tools for rapid greenification of the irreplaceable ones.
Start Year 2022
 
Description London South Bank University- Feasibility study on valorisation of paper mill sludge (PMS) to manufacture Eco-bricks 
Organisation London South Bank University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Dr. Saurav Goel from London South Bank University awarded £55,999 for the project 'Feasibility study on valorisation of paper mill sludge (PMS) to manufacture Eco-bricks'. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which has industrial support from StanRocc Ltd. and Hindustan Nagoan Paper Mill (NPM)
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Saurav Goel from London South Bank University (LBSU) is the Principal Investigator on this small grant, which took place at the LBSU. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to him. StanRocc Ltd. is supplying materials samples for the project and NPM is also providing materials and samples.
Impact The disciplines involved in the project include: material science, construction and environmental management. This project is ongoing and as such, the final results and the impact have yet to be realised. The aim is to develop decarbonised bricks using paper mill sludge that will enable a step change through a holistic reengineering approach aimed at transformational approaches in achieving industrial symbiosis.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Manchester Metropolitan University- Paper & Construction industry symbiosis via AD for resource efficiency and a low carbon future 
Organisation Manchester Metropolitan University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Dr. Sylvia Tedesco from the Manchester Metropolitan University was awarded £55,995 for the project 'Paper & Construction industry symbiosis via AD for resource efficiency and a low carbon future'. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which has industrial support from SAICA Paper.
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Sylvia Tedesco from the Manchester Metropolitan University is the Principal Investigator on this small grant, which took place at the Manchester Metropolitan University. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to her. SAICA Paper will provide paper sludge samples and participate in steering committee meetings. They will also help in mapping materials flow in a typical paper mill.
Impact The disciplines involved in the project include: Chemical and Industrial Engineering, Microbiology, Environmental Science, Mechanical and Civil Engineering The project is on-going. We propose a more resource efficient, circular approach for the use of paper sludge. This will be done via the (1) the conversion of PS waste, currently being incinerated, to renewable biogas via anaerobic digestion (AD) and (2) the use of AD digestate by-product as water substitute for making concrete.
Start Year 2022
 
Description Swansea University- Sustainable Investment Assurance Model: SIAM 
Organisation British Standards Institute (BSI Group)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Dr. Stephen Spooner from Swansea University was awarded £51,608 for the project 'Sustainable Investment Assurance Model: SIAM'. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which has industrial support from the CR Plus Ltd and the British Standards Institute.
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Stephen Spooner from Swansea University is the Principal Investigator on this small grant, which took place at the Swansea University. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to him. CR Plus Ltd are providing staff to support the project and will act as a facilitator during the exploration of different work packages. The British Standards Institute is providing staff time and helping with widening the network of stakeholders.
Impact The disciplines involved in the project include: Life-cycle Assessment, Socio-Economic Assessment, Community Education, Policy Engagement, Holist Sustainability The project is on-going. It adds a further case study and technical evaluation of the 'SIAM: Sustainable Investment Assurance Model', which has been initially develop with steel as a case study within the metals sector. It will create case studies of SIAM measurement for products within the non-ferrous metals, Glass, Cement and Bulk chemicals industries.
Start Year 2022
 
Description Swansea University- Sustainable Investment Assurance Model: SIAM 
Organisation Swansea University
Department College of Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Dr. Stephen Spooner from Swansea University was awarded £51,608 for the project 'Sustainable Investment Assurance Model: SIAM'. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which has industrial support from the CR Plus Ltd and the British Standards Institute.
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Stephen Spooner from Swansea University is the Principal Investigator on this small grant, which took place at the Swansea University. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to him. CR Plus Ltd are providing staff to support the project and will act as a facilitator during the exploration of different work packages. The British Standards Institute is providing staff time and helping with widening the network of stakeholders.
Impact The disciplines involved in the project include: Life-cycle Assessment, Socio-Economic Assessment, Community Education, Policy Engagement, Holist Sustainability The project is on-going. It adds a further case study and technical evaluation of the 'SIAM: Sustainable Investment Assurance Model', which has been initially develop with steel as a case study within the metals sector. It will create case studies of SIAM measurement for products within the non-ferrous metals, Glass, Cement and Bulk chemicals industries.
Start Year 2022
 
Description University of Bath- Innovative green process to turn alkali solid wastes into carbon-negative feedstock for the cement 
Organisation Aggregate Industries
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Dr. Xinyuan Ke from the University of Bath was awarded £55,648 for the project 'Innovative green process to turn alkali solid wastes into carbon-negative feedstock for the cement. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which has industrial support from the Materials Processing Institute and Aggregate Industries UK Ltd.
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Xinyuan Ke from the University of Bath is the Principal Investigator on this small grant, which took place at the University of Bath. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to her. The Materials Processing Institute is supplying materials, technical details, advice and mentoring. Aggregate Industries UK Ltd / London Concrete will provide the research team cement kiln dust from their own cement producer and provide access to technical details of their production facilities at Cauldon and concrete production sites at London Concrete.
Impact The disciplines involved in the project include: material science & engineering, and civil engineering and environmental engineering. The project is on-going. It will investigate alkali solid wastes which have been generated from the foundation industries as valuable alternative feedstocks for the production of sustainable cement. The project will develop an innovative green chemical process to turn these alkali solid wastes into carbon-negative materials.
Start Year 2022
 
Description University of Bath- Innovative green process to turn alkali solid wastes into carbon-negative feedstock for the cement 
Organisation Materials Processing Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Dr. Xinyuan Ke from the University of Bath was awarded £55,648 for the project 'Innovative green process to turn alkali solid wastes into carbon-negative feedstock for the cement. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which has industrial support from the Materials Processing Institute and Aggregate Industries UK Ltd.
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Xinyuan Ke from the University of Bath is the Principal Investigator on this small grant, which took place at the University of Bath. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to her. The Materials Processing Institute is supplying materials, technical details, advice and mentoring. Aggregate Industries UK Ltd / London Concrete will provide the research team cement kiln dust from their own cement producer and provide access to technical details of their production facilities at Cauldon and concrete production sites at London Concrete.
Impact The disciplines involved in the project include: material science & engineering, and civil engineering and environmental engineering. The project is on-going. It will investigate alkali solid wastes which have been generated from the foundation industries as valuable alternative feedstocks for the production of sustainable cement. The project will develop an innovative green chemical process to turn these alkali solid wastes into carbon-negative materials.
Start Year 2022
 
Description University of Bath- Innovative green process to turn alkali solid wastes into carbon-negative feedstock for the cement 
Organisation University of Bath
Department Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Dr. Xinyuan Ke from the University of Bath was awarded £55,648 for the project 'Innovative green process to turn alkali solid wastes into carbon-negative feedstock for the cement. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which has industrial support from the Materials Processing Institute and Aggregate Industries UK Ltd.
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Xinyuan Ke from the University of Bath is the Principal Investigator on this small grant, which took place at the University of Bath. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to her. The Materials Processing Institute is supplying materials, technical details, advice and mentoring. Aggregate Industries UK Ltd / London Concrete will provide the research team cement kiln dust from their own cement producer and provide access to technical details of their production facilities at Cauldon and concrete production sites at London Concrete.
Impact The disciplines involved in the project include: material science & engineering, and civil engineering and environmental engineering. The project is on-going. It will investigate alkali solid wastes which have been generated from the foundation industries as valuable alternative feedstocks for the production of sustainable cement. The project will develop an innovative green chemical process to turn these alkali solid wastes into carbon-negative materials.
Start Year 2022
 
Description University of Birmingham- SANDTHERM: Deployment of a medium-high temperature waste heat recovery unit based on foundry sand 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Department School of Chemical Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Dr Argyrios Anagnostopoulos from the University of Birmingham was awarded £43,910 for the project 'SANDTHERM: Deployment of a medium-high temperature waste heat recovery unit based on foundry sand'. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which includes Boro Foundry, Kelvin Thermotech Ltd and Mantec Technical Ceramics Ltd.
Collaborator Contribution Dr Argyrios Anagnostopoulos from the University of Birmingham is the Principal Investigator on this small grant, which took place at the University of Birmingham. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to him. The Boro Foundry will provision labour and space to construct, deploy and monitor the waste heat recovery WHR- TES system Kelvin Thermotech Ltd will provide expertise in thermal energy storage materials manufacturing, and advice and guidance on thermal energy storage device design. Mantec Technical Ceramics Ltd. will provide consultation on the material level and on a production level to fabricate the sand based building blocks.
Impact The disciplines involved in the project include: chemical engineering, materials science and engineering and mechanical engineering The project is on-going. It aims to demonstrate, technically and economically, an efficient waste heat recovery, storage and utilisation technology. This technology uses foundry sand from the casting industry, currently a partially discarded and cost-burdening waste of the casting process.
Start Year 2022
 
Description University of Birmingham- THERMCAST- Valorisation of foundry sands as medium-high temperature waste heat recovery materials bricks 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Department School of Chemical Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Dr Argyrios Anagnostopoulos from the University of Birmingham was awarded £35,622 for the project 'THERMCAST- Valorisation of foundry sands as medium-high temperature waste heat recovery materials bricks'. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which has industrial support from Kelvin Thermotech Ltd.
Collaborator Contribution Dr Argyrios Anagnostopoulos from the University of Birmingham is the Principal Investigator on this small grant, which took place at the University of Birmingham. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to him. Kelvin Thermotech Ltd is providing advice and guidance on thermal energy storage device design as well as expertise in thermal energy storage materials manufacturing.
Impact The disciplines involved in the project include: material science, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering. THERMCAST showcased an alternative utilization pathway for waste foundry sand as a thermal energy storage material. It demonstrated all the steps from bottom to top necessary to bring this technology to the market and evaluated its potential as an energy-saving commodity. The functionality of a novel TES material based on foundry sand was verified and its performance evaluated. Its theoretical implementation in a TES device was realized using industrial settings obtained with the help of foundation industries responsible for the production of waste foundry sand. The modelled system attained a good efficiency, which when costed, using UK pricing and lead times, resulted in a promising payback time of under a decade. Lastly, aside from scientific impact, this work also stimulated interest in the academic and business sector involved with the foundation industries. Throughout THERMCAST several UK companies, academics were approached and informed on the prospects of this business case. This could be a potential onset that encourages more entities to further explore this option for this particular if not other wastes available in the foundation industries.
Start Year 2021
 
Description University of Leeds- Valorisation of metallurgical wastes through chemically bonded ceramics 
Organisation Luxfer MEL Technologies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Dr Sam Adu-Amankwah from the University of Leeds was awarded £44,670 for the project 'Valorisation of metallurgical wastes through chemically bonded ceramics'. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which includes Luxfer MEL Technologies
Collaborator Contribution Dr Sam Adu-Amankwah from the University of Leeds is the Principal Investigator on this small grant, which took place at the University of Leeds. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to him. Luxfer MEL Technologies will partake in project meetings to discuss its progress and its wider context. They will also characterise samples and supply samples of metal dross.
Impact The disciplines involved in the project include: civil engineering, materials science and chemistry. The project is on-going. It aims to develop a fundamental understanding of bespoke magnesium rich chemically bonded ceramics from wastes generated from alloying and paper industries, and investigate their performance at multi-scale.
Start Year 2022
 
Description University of Leeds- Valorisation of metallurgical wastes through chemically bonded ceramics 
Organisation University of Leeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Dr Sam Adu-Amankwah from the University of Leeds was awarded £44,670 for the project 'Valorisation of metallurgical wastes through chemically bonded ceramics'. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which includes Luxfer MEL Technologies
Collaborator Contribution Dr Sam Adu-Amankwah from the University of Leeds is the Principal Investigator on this small grant, which took place at the University of Leeds. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to him. Luxfer MEL Technologies will partake in project meetings to discuss its progress and its wider context. They will also characterise samples and supply samples of metal dross.
Impact The disciplines involved in the project include: civil engineering, materials science and chemistry. The project is on-going. It aims to develop a fundamental understanding of bespoke magnesium rich chemically bonded ceramics from wastes generated from alloying and paper industries, and investigate their performance at multi-scale.
Start Year 2022
 
Description University of Liverpool- Improved Energy Efficiency of Float Glass Production 
Organisation Pilkington Glass
Department Pilkington Technology Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Dr. Peter Green from the University of Liverpool was awarded £48,511 for the project: 'Improved Energy Efficiency of Float Glass Production'. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which has industrial support from the NSG Group.
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Peter Green from the University of Liverpool is the Principal Investogator on this small grant, which took place at the University of Liverpool. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to him. Pilkington NSG provided training and support to the PDRA conducting the research whilst on-site, as well as access to data on the NSG Group float process data recording and management platform.
Impact The primary outcome of this research is a purely data-based (i.e. machine-learnt) model for the prediction of fault density in float glass production. The model can be used to form different decision support tools (e.g. the optimiser, sensitivity analysis) to help increase the efficiency of float glass production. The approach is scalable to large datasets and, to the best of our knowledge, generic in that it can be extended to other float glass furnaces. The disciplines involved in the project included: engineering, machine learning, manufacturing processes, and autonomous systems
Start Year 2021
 
Description University of Liverpool- Improved Energy Efficiency of Float Glass Production 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Department School of Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Dr. Peter Green from the University of Liverpool was awarded £48,511 for the project: 'Improved Energy Efficiency of Float Glass Production'. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which has industrial support from the NSG Group.
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Peter Green from the University of Liverpool is the Principal Investogator on this small grant, which took place at the University of Liverpool. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to him. Pilkington NSG provided training and support to the PDRA conducting the research whilst on-site, as well as access to data on the NSG Group float process data recording and management platform.
Impact The primary outcome of this research is a purely data-based (i.e. machine-learnt) model for the prediction of fault density in float glass production. The model can be used to form different decision support tools (e.g. the optimiser, sensitivity analysis) to help increase the efficiency of float glass production. The approach is scalable to large datasets and, to the best of our knowledge, generic in that it can be extended to other float glass furnaces. The disciplines involved in the project included: engineering, machine learning, manufacturing processes, and autonomous systems
Start Year 2021
 
Description University of Manchester- Sustainable Replacements for Coal Tar Pitch Binders 
Organisation Morgan Advanced Materials
Department Morganite Electrical Carbon Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Dr. Christina Valles from the University of Manchester was awarded £55,975 for the project 'Sustainable Replacements for Coal Tar Pitch Binders'. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which has industrial support from Morgan Advanced Materials.
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Christina Valles from the University of Manchester is the Principal Investigator on this small grant, which took place at the University of Manchester. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to her. Morgan Advanced Materials contributed chemicals, staff time to help with prototyping, and technical assistance to share best practice.
Impact The disciplines involved in the project include: Materials science, materials chemistry and electrical power engineering The project is on-going. It will investigate the use of Wood Tar Biopitch as a safe and renewable carbonisable/ graphitisable binder to form carbon electrodes (e.g. for aluminium smelting), seals, specialty graphites for electric brushes and current collectors (e.g. wind turbine generators & rail pantograph systems), and molten metal conveying components for the ferrous and non-ferrous metal industries. This is to replace Coal Tar Pitch which is fossil-derived and toxic and has recently been classified as a 'sunset' status material under REACH.
Start Year 2022
 
Description University of Manchester- Sustainable Replacements for Coal Tar Pitch Binders 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Dr. Christina Valles from the University of Manchester was awarded £55,975 for the project 'Sustainable Replacements for Coal Tar Pitch Binders'. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which has industrial support from Morgan Advanced Materials.
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Christina Valles from the University of Manchester is the Principal Investigator on this small grant, which took place at the University of Manchester. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to her. Morgan Advanced Materials contributed chemicals, staff time to help with prototyping, and technical assistance to share best practice.
Impact The disciplines involved in the project include: Materials science, materials chemistry and electrical power engineering The project is on-going. It will investigate the use of Wood Tar Biopitch as a safe and renewable carbonisable/ graphitisable binder to form carbon electrodes (e.g. for aluminium smelting), seals, specialty graphites for electric brushes and current collectors (e.g. wind turbine generators & rail pantograph systems), and molten metal conveying components for the ferrous and non-ferrous metal industries. This is to replace Coal Tar Pitch which is fossil-derived and toxic and has recently been classified as a 'sunset' status material under REACH.
Start Year 2022
 
Description University of Warwick- Using blast furnace waste heat to convert various wastes into new raw materials for low energy glass 
Organisation British Glass
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Dr. Zushu Li from the University of Warwick was awarded £55, 82 for the project 'Using blast furnace waste heat to convert various wastes into new raw materials for low energy glass'. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which has industrial support from British Glass, Glass Futures, Materials Processing Institute and Calumite Ltd.
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Zushu Li from the University of Warwick is the Principal Investigator on this small grant, which took place at the Warwick Manufacturing Group. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to him. British Glass provided information and data on the requirements for products suitable for remelt back into new glass as well as interpretation and analysis of data. Glass Futures provided data on materials and glass manufacturing processes. Materials Processing Institute provided support on advice on practical issues related to the steel making process. Calumite Ltd. provided data on their raw materials and product specifications.
Impact The disciplines involved in the project include: energy, materials and the circular economy This project is ongoing and as such, the final results and the impact have yet to be realised. The aim to develop an innovative process which uses blast furnace waste heat to convert various wastes such as low quality waste glass to high value raw materials for the glass industry, to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions
Start Year 2021
 
Description University of Warwick- Using blast furnace waste heat to convert various wastes into new raw materials for low energy glass 
Organisation Materials Processing Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Dr. Zushu Li from the University of Warwick was awarded £55, 82 for the project 'Using blast furnace waste heat to convert various wastes into new raw materials for low energy glass'. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which has industrial support from British Glass, Glass Futures, Materials Processing Institute and Calumite Ltd.
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Zushu Li from the University of Warwick is the Principal Investigator on this small grant, which took place at the Warwick Manufacturing Group. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to him. British Glass provided information and data on the requirements for products suitable for remelt back into new glass as well as interpretation and analysis of data. Glass Futures provided data on materials and glass manufacturing processes. Materials Processing Institute provided support on advice on practical issues related to the steel making process. Calumite Ltd. provided data on their raw materials and product specifications.
Impact The disciplines involved in the project include: energy, materials and the circular economy This project is ongoing and as such, the final results and the impact have yet to be realised. The aim to develop an innovative process which uses blast furnace waste heat to convert various wastes such as low quality waste glass to high value raw materials for the glass industry, to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions
Start Year 2021
 
Description University of Warwick- Using blast furnace waste heat to convert various wastes into new raw materials for low energy glass 
Organisation University of Warwick
Department Warwick Manufacturing Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ is funding a series of small projects which aim to support research and innovation of benefit to the foundation industries. Dr. Zushu Li from the University of Warwick was awarded £55, 82 for the project 'Using blast furnace waste heat to convert various wastes into new raw materials for low energy glass'. My research team is not directly involved in the research, but we facilitated the application, which has industrial support from British Glass, Glass Futures, Materials Processing Institute and Calumite Ltd.
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Zushu Li from the University of Warwick is the Principal Investigator on this small grant, which took place at the Warwick Manufacturing Group. As such, all research outputs, impact, and follow-on activities are attributed to him. British Glass provided information and data on the requirements for products suitable for remelt back into new glass as well as interpretation and analysis of data. Glass Futures provided data on materials and glass manufacturing processes. Materials Processing Institute provided support on advice on practical issues related to the steel making process. Calumite Ltd. provided data on their raw materials and product specifications.
Impact The disciplines involved in the project include: energy, materials and the circular economy This project is ongoing and as such, the final results and the impact have yet to be realised. The aim to develop an innovative process which uses blast furnace waste heat to convert various wastes such as low quality waste glass to high value raw materials for the glass industry, to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions
Start Year 2021
 
Description Designing alloys for resource efficiency webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Over 60 people attended this webinar as part of the 'Blue Skies, Green Future' webinar series. This was a talk by Professor Mark Rainforth on 'designing allows for resource efficiency'. The webinar consisted of a 40 minute presentation and 20 minutes questions from the audience. Following the webinar, membership of the Network increased and attendees were invited to join future events. The audience was also asked for permission to be added to the Network mailing list to increase future engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-vvg89kaZw&t=2949s
 
Description Energy efficient manufacturing for the Foundation Industries virtual workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The topic of this workshop was 'Energy Efficient Manufacturing Within the Foundation Industries' and included 4 speakers from outside the Network and 2 breakout room sessions with discussion led by the Network management team. The workshop attracted over 60 attendees. The primary aim was to inform future Network activities and funding call themes based on discussion, encourage discussion between industry and academia, identify cross-sectional opportunities and encourage more members to the Network for further interaction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5l6TDppm30
 
Description Engineering Development Trust/Industrial Cadets Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This webinar was a collaboration between the TFI Network+ and TransFIRe to showcase the work of the Engineering Development Trust and Industrial Cadets to encourage the audience to get involved in their activities to provide STEM opportunities for young people. The webinar consisted of 50 minutes presentation from the EDT/Industrial Cadets team and 10 minutes of wider discussion with the audience. The objectives were to introduce the work of the EDT/IC, engage with industry and academic audiences with volunteer and collaboration opportunities and discuss the next steps to get involved. The main outcome was further discussions with the Network to continue discussions on how to support STEM and outreach for young people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co8fVcL5XYc&t=505s
 
Description ITM Power COP26 regional event exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact TFI Network+ had an exhibition stall at a regional ITM Power COP26 event held in October 2021. The event attracted over approx. 100 attendees. The Network raised awareness of our work, our opportunities for engagement and our research so far with aims to encourage more engagement with the Network and increase membership
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Industrial Symbiosis for Skills Alliance webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This webinar was part of our monthly 'Blue Skies, Green Future' webinar series. This session was a presentation by Antonius Schroder on the topic 'Industrial Symbiosis for Skills Alliance' which presented the SPIRE-SAIS research as a blueprint for supporting skills development. Over 30 attendees signed in to the webinar which consisted of 40 minute presentation and 20 minute question and answers. The main outcomes were to spark discussion and reflection among the audience and encourage further engagement with the Network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEcTKZTxc-c&t=2s
 
Description Linkedin profile 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Network launched a Linkedin profile in March 2021 following the virtual launch event. Currently the account has over 400 followers and regularly features news from the Network and relevant organisations, Network events and others of relevance and funding opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL https://www.linkedin.com/company/tfinetworkplus/
 
Description Next generation and intelligent processes for the Foundation Industries virtual workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This workshop presented and discussed the next generation and intelligent processes which could impact and benefit the Foundation Industries including data centric engineering, new methods to acquire and analyse data, artificial intelligence and digital twin. The workshop consisted of four 20minute presentations from academics across UK institutions and two 10minute question and answer session including all speakers. The workshop attracted over 50 attendees. The objectives were to engage the community on the topic of digitalisation to raise awareness of the upcoming funding call and to foster collaborative relationships between audience members. The main outcome was the utilisation of discussions to shape the theme of the latest TFI Network+ funding call.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWp2TeZsOg8&t=1s
 
Description Post-doctoral researchers funding for small projects virtual workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This workshop was for Early Career Researchers to raise awareness of the open TFI Network+ ECR funding call and to outline the application process and further support. The Network was keen to attract further ECR applications to the funding call and to encourage further interaction between ECRs and the Network. The Network consisted of presentations from the Network+ management team, Innovate UK, TransFIRe hub and a short discussion session with the audience. The main outcome was increasing the Network membership with a longer term outcome aim to be an increase in ECR application to the ECR open funding call.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Realistic Approaches to Reducing CO2 Emissions in Cement and Concrete webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This webinar was part of our monthly 'Blue Skies, Green Future' webinar series. This session was a presentation by Professor Karen Scrivener on the topic 'Realistic Approaches to Reducing CO2 Emissions in Cement and Concrete'. Over 150 attendees signed in to the webinar which consisted of 40 minute presentation and 20 minute question and answers. The main outcomes were to spark discussion and reflection among the audience and encourage further engagement with the Network. The webinar showcased the latest research in the Cements sectors and informed the audience of research and future plans.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aXnSkDaTjA
 
Description Regular monthly newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact TFI Network+ launched a monthly newsletter in March 2021 following our virtual launch event. This newsletter is distributed on the last working day of each month and is distributed to all members and subscribers to the newsletter (Note: you do not have to be a member of the network to subscribe to the newsletter). Currently there are over 450 contacts on the mailing list. Each newsletter consists of the latest news from the Network, funding opportunities, news from the Foundation Industry sectors or relevant bodies, TFI Network+ events and external relevant events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
 
Description Roadmapping for the foudation industries virtual workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Over 100 attendees from across the Foundation Industries and academia attended this workshop to discuss pre-existing roadmaps within the sectors and address challenges, barriers, commonalities and opportunities within the roadmaps. The discussion was used to guide future topics for webinars, workshops and funding calls to better align with the sectors needs. The workshop resulted in more members to the Network and a increased interaction between audience and Network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i20FbwFZGKg
 
Description Sensors, Controls and Digitalisation workshop with KTN 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This workshop was hosted in collaboration with the KTN and was part of a series of 3 mini-conferences hosted by the Network, TransFIRe hub and KTN (each held one event). The workshop included 6 presentations and an overview of the Network from the Director. Over 50 people signed in to the virtual workshop. Each presentation was 15 minutes with time for a Q+A session after each presentation and at the end of the workshop. The outcomes were to raise awareness of the Network, hub and KTN, share collaboration opportunities and encourage further interaction with the Network on an upcoming related call and events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKs4Na38jJo&t=1s
 
Description Twitter account 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Network Twitter account was launched in March 2021 following the virtual launch event. Currently there are over 240 followers and we regularly share news from the Network, relevant news and updates from sectors and relevant organisations, upcoming TFI Network+ events and events from the sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL https://twitter.com/TFINetworkplus
 
Description Virtual launch event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The network held a virtual launch event on the 15th February 2021 aimed at academic and industry audience to launch the Network and raise awareness of the work the Network will be undertaking. The event included presentations from the Network management team and from leading industry bodies within each of the Foundation Industry sectors. The objectives were to raise awareness of the Network, with the main outcome generating traffic to the Network+ website and increasing membership
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64TZFZ3S-Z8
 
Description cold sintering of functional materials webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Webinar on the topic 'cold sintering of functional materials' presented by Professor Clive Randall as part of the TFI Network+ Blue Skies, Green Future webinar series. Over 80 attendees signed in to the webinar, which consisted of a 40 minute presentation and 20 minute question and answer. This webinar sparked discussion among the audience and some members of the audience then became members of the Network to engage further.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFcQ_yY34mg&t=1s
 
Description non-traditional technology for the concrete sector webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Over 100 people attended a virtual webinar which was the first in the regular 'Blue Skies, Green Future' series launched by TFI Network+. The topic was 'non-traditional technology for the concrete sector' presented by Professor John Provis and the audience was invited to ask questions after the main presentation. The session was organised to spark discussion and innovation among the audience and to attract new members to the Network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S56_MLIroU4
 
Description resource efficiency and circular economy in the Foundation Industries virtual workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The theme of this workshop was 'resource efficiency and circular economy in the Foundation Industries'. There were 4 speakers from industry and academia who discussed the challenges, opportunities, innovation and technology influencing the Foundation Industries. This workshop included 2 breakout sessions led by the Network+ management team (with involvement from the event speakers) which facilitated discussion among the attendees. The workshop helped to inform the themes and focus areas of future funding calls, and encourage further attendee interaction with the audience. The workshop also facilitated interactions between sectors for potential future collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bVmN7yMqtA&t=493s
 
Description supply chain resource sustainability and decision science webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This webinar was presented by Professor Lenny Koh on the topic 'supply chain resource sustainability and decision science'. The webinar attracted over 60 attendees and included a 40 minute presentation and 20 minutes of questions from the audience. The talk focused on the advances in multi-scale decision science for a resource sustainable supply chain. The objectives of the webinar were to encourage further consideration for the funding call (open during the webinar) and encourage further interaction with the Network from the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Bu2sMrcdRY
 
Description sustainable ceramics manufacturing virtual workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact TFI Network+ hosted a virtual workshop in collaboration with the UK Chapter of the American Ceramics Society (UKACERS) on the theme 'sustainable ceramics manufacturing'. The workshop included 5 presentations from academia and industry and attracted over 50 attendees. The main objective was to spark discussion on the latest ceramics research and raise awareness of the Network to relevant partner organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=835f501Ik8c