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Reference Number EP/S018107/1
Title SUSTAIN Manufacturing Hub
Status Started
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 5%;
Not Energy Related 50%;
Energy Efficiency(Industry) 45%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 50%;
Applied Research and Development 50%;
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 10%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 20%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 20%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 10%;
Principal Investigator Dr C Pleydell-Pearce
No email address given
Swansea University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2019
End Date 30 September 2026
Duration 90 months
Total Grant Value £10,852,989
Industrial Sectors Construction; Energy; Manufacturing
Region Wales
Programme Manufacturing : Manufacturing
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr C Pleydell-Pearce , Engineering, Swansea University (99.979%)
  Other Investigator Dr KM Perkins , Engineering, Swansea University (0.001%)
Dr D Penney , Engineering, Swansea University (0.001%)
Professor A R Barron , Engineering, Swansea University (0.001%)
Dr E Sackett , Engineering, Swansea University (0.001%)
Dr H L Cockings , Engineering, Swansea University (0.001%)
Dr C Davis , Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham (0.001%)
Dr PJ Holliman , Chemistry, Bangor University (0.001%)
Dr BA Shollock , Materials, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor WM Rainforth , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr BP Wynne , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr E Palmiere , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr R Thackray , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor P Styring , Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor S Seetharaman , Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick (0.001%)
Dr Z Li , Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick (0.001%)
Dr M Auinger , Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick (0.001%)
Professor J Godsell , Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick (0.001%)
Mr M Strangwood , Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick (0.001%)
Professor G Montana , Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick (0.001%)
Professor J Linton , Management School, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor A Beckmann , Physics, Swansea University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Sheffield Forgemasters Engineering Ltd (SFEL) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Celsa Steel UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Manufacturing Technology Centre: MTC (0.000%)
Project Contact , Welsh Assembly Government (0.000%)
Project Contact , SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre (0.000%)
Project Contact , High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult (0.000%)
Project Contact , Knowledge Transfer Network Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Primetals Technologies Ltd (UK) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Tata Group UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Henry Royce Institute (0.000%)
Project Contact , British Constructional Steelwork Association (0.000%)
Project Contact , British Steel Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , ADS Group (0.000%)
Project Contact , Construction Products Association (0.000%)
Project Contact , Kubal Wraith (0.000%)
Project Contact , Liberty Steel UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Subcoal International BV (0.000%)
Project Contact , UK Steel (0.000%)
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Abstract SUSTAIN is an ambitious collaborative research project led by the National Steel Innovation Centre at Swansea University to transform the productivity, product diversity and environmental performance of the steel supply chain in the UK. Working with Warwick Manufacturing Group and the University of Sheffield, the SUSTAIN Manufacturing Hub will lead grand challenge research projects of carbon neutral steel and ironmaking and smart steel processing. Carbon neutral steel making will explore how we can transition the industry from using coal as its primary energy source to a mix of waste materials, renewable energy and hydrogen. Smart steel processing will examine how digital technology and sensors can be used to increase productivity and also explore how a transformation in the way in which steel is processed can add significant value and create new markets, in particular construction, whilst expanding the opportunities afforded by advanced steel products in the electrification of vehicular transport. The UK steel businesses cover different market sectors and are all engaged in this project committing > 13M in supporting funds. Tata Steel lead work on strip steel products used in automotive (inc electrical steels for generators and motors construction) and packaging applications. British Steel produce long products for key sectors such as rail transport and construction. Liberty Specialty produce unique steels for sectors such as aerospace and nuclear power, Sheffield Forgemasters manufacture products for power generation, defence and civil nuclear industries, and Celsa make section steels and reinforcement primarily for construction. This represents a key element of advanced materials that underpin a large proportion of the UK manufacturing sector. The increasing diversity and lower carbon intensity of UK made steel products together with greater productivity and efficiency will thus benefit the whole of UK manufacturing and create opportunities for manufacturing to make inroads into traditional areas for example by driving offsite manufactured construction alternatives to traditional low skill labour intensive routes. Steel is the world's most used and recyclable advanced material and this project aims to transform the way it is made. This includes approaches both to use and re-use it and harness opportunities to turn any waste product into a value added element for another industry. To illustrate, a steel plant produces enough waste heat to power around 300,000 homes. New materials can trap this heat allowing it to be transported to homes and offices and be used when required without the need for pipes. This then makes the manufacturing site an embedded component of the community and is clearly a model applicable to any other high energy manufacturing operation in other sectors. We will at each stage explore how our discoveries in transforming steel can be mapped onto other key foundation materials sectors such as glass, petrochemicals and cement. Implementation of the research findings will be facilitated via SUSTAIN's network of innovation spokes ensuring that high quality research translates to highly profitable and competitive processes

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