New generation insulation material for use within the building envelope

Lead Research Organisation: Swansea University
Department Name: School of Engineering


TATA steel is Europe's second largest steel producer and under its Building Systems division, has extensive insulating panel manufacturing capabilities throughout Europe. In the UK alone, the steel faced insulated panel market is worth over £200 million pounds per annum. This type of produce is governed by European Standard EN14509.

Since the Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017, reviews of building regulations have resulted in all combustible materials being banned for high rise residential building. Further reviews for all building types are ongoing. With building designers not being allowed to use highly efficient thermally insulating product (i.e. PIR foams) in these types of buildings, demand is rising for non-combustible products (stone wool). With weight and thermal performance being approximately half of the combustible alternatives, the result is lower thermal efficiency in new and refurbished buildings and greater structural costs.

In order to meet government targets on CO2 and gain efficiencies within building design, TATA Steel UK would like to offer a Research Engineer the opportunity to investigate novel insulating materials that are non-combustible, <50Kg/m3, below 0.035 W/mK and lends itself to adhering to steel face skins.

The Research Engineer will have close links with the insulating panel manufacturing site in North Wales with a requirement for outcomes to be rolled out to other building Systems panel producers in Main-land Europe. This will require consideration of manufacturing capabilities and legislative drivers at each site.

Based at Swansea University the Research Engineer will be supported by the Academic Staff and have full use of research facilities. This is an excellent opportunity to be at the forefront of Academic Scientific Research with strong links to Industry, resulting in a breadth of experience from both fields within a range of disciplines.


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Studentship Projects

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EP/S02252X/1 01/10/2019 31/03/2028
2269754 Studentship EP/S02252X/1 01/10/2019 30/09/2023 Emily Frances Thomas