Advanced Metals Processing

The manufacturing and processing of metals to form components is one of the largest industrial sectors, which accounts for 46% of all manufactured value, with an economic worth to the EEA of £1.3 trillion. Metals production consumes about 5% of global energy use and is responsible for an annual emission of over 2Gton of CO2, so efficiency in manufacture can produce significant reductions in environmental impact. There are many market sectors in the UK where metals production is paramount, for example in the automotive sector where 1.5 million cars produced in the UK each year. The move towards low carbon technologies will rely heavily on the invention of new materials that are stronger, lighter, requiring less material to the used for the application, and have lower manufacturing carbon footprints. They must also feed into more efficient component design, work in multimaterial systems, with extended component lifetime and be recyclable at the end of life, implying a minimised whole life-cycle carbon footprint.

Advanced Metals Processing at the Henry Royce Institute will establish a world leading facility for metals discovery, processing, characterisation, upscaling and manufacturing at the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester. The focus will be on metals process innovation in the “missing gap” between small-scale laboratory metals processing and the industrial scale. It will address the key themes of materials discovery, resource efficient materials manufacture, light weighting, flexible manufacturing, prototyping and production scale-up. These materials will be developed and exploited for a wide range of industrial sectors, including aerospace, transport, energy, defence and biomedical.

Henry Royce partners – The Materials Manufacturing Suite will form the heart of the Advanced Alloys Manufacturing activity within the Henry Royce Institute. The core will be a joint activity between Sheffield and Manchester, and will also bring together some of the UK’s leading academics with other SHRI partners (e.g. Imperial College London, Cambridge, Oxford and Leeds) and those outside the current SHRI partnership (e.g. King’s College London, Warwick Swansea, Birmingham and Nottingham and also provide open access to new partners though its acquisition.

Advanced Metals Processing academic champion
Professor Mark Rainforth, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Sheffield.

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