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Reference Number EP/G036950/1
Title Doctoral Training Centre in Advanced Metallic Systems - Challenges in Global Competitiveness
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy) 1%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Wind Energy) 1%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Ocean Energy) 1%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen) 1%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Fuel Cells) 1%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electric power conversion) 5%;
Not Energy Related 90%;
Research Types Training 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr BP Wynne
No email address given
Engineering Materials
University of Sheffield
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2009
End Date 30 April 2018
Duration 103 months
Total Grant Value £6,371,156
Industrial Sectors Aerospace; Manufacturing; Energy; Defence and Marine
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme NC : Engineering
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr BP Wynne , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Alcoa Europe Flat Rolled Products (0.000%)
Project Contact , Novelis Global Technology Centre, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Corus (0.000%)
Project Contact , Magnesium Elektron Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , DSTL - Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (0.000%)
Project Contact , BP Exploration Co Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Nuclear Laboratory (0.000%)
Project Contact , Timet UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Capcis Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Cummins Turbo Technologies (0.000%)
Project Contact , Firth Rixson Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Westinghouse Electric Company UK Ltd (0.000%)
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Abstract This is an application for a Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) from the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester in Advanced Metallic Systems which will be directed by Prof Panos Tsakiropoulos and Prof Phil Prangnell. The proposed DTC is in response to recent reviews by the EPSRC and government/industrial bodies which have indentified the serious impact of an increasing shortage of personnel, with Doctorate level training in metallic materials, on the global competitiveness of the UK's manufacturing and defence capability. Furthermore, future applications of materials are increasingly being seen as "systems" that incorporate several material classes and engineered surfaces into single components, to increase performance.The primary goal of the DTC is to address these issues head on by supplying the next generation of metallics research specialists desperately needed by UK plc. We plan to attract talented students from a diverse range of physical science and engineering backgrounds and involve them with highly motivated academic staff in a variety of innovative teaching and industrial-based research activities.The programme aims to prepare graduates for global challenges in competitiveness, through an enhanced PhD programme that will:1. Challenge students and promote independent problem solving and interdiscpilnarity,2. Expose them to industrial innovation, exciting new science and the international research community,3. Increase their fundamental skills, andbroaden them as individuals in preparation for future management and leadership roles.The DTC will be aligned with major multidisciplinary research centres and with the strong involvement of NAMTEC (the National Metals Technology Centre) and over twenty companies across many sectors. Learning will be up to date and industrially relevant, as well as benefitting from access to 30M of state-of-the art research facilities.Research projects will be targeted at high value UK strategic technology sectors, such as aerospace, automotive, power generation, renewables, and defence and aim to:1. Provide a multidisciplinary approach to the whole product life cycle; from raw material, to semi finished products to forming, joining, surface engineering/coating, in service performance and recycling via the wide skill base of the combined academic team and industrial collaborators.2. Improve the basic understanding of how nano-, micro- and meso-scale physical processes control material microstructures and thereby properties, in order to radically improve industrial processes, and advance techniques of modelling and process simulation.3. Develop new innovative processes and processing routes, i.e. disruptive or transformative technologies.4. Address challenges in energy by the development of advanced metallic solutions and manufacturing technologies for nuclear power, reduced CO2 emissions, and renewable energy.5. Study issues and develop techniques for interfacing metallic materials into advanced hybrid structures with polymers, laminates, foams and composites etc.6. Develop novel coatings and surface treatments to protect new light alloys and hybrid structures, in hostile environments, reduce environmental impact of chemical treatments and add value and increase functionality.7. Reduce environmental impact through reductions in process energy costs and concurrently develop new materials that address the environmental challenges in weight saving and recyclability technologies.This we believe will produce PhD graduates with a superior skills base enabling problem solving and leadership expertise well beyond a conventional PhD project, i.e. a DTC with a structured programme and stimulating methods of engagement, will produce internationally competitive doctoral graduates that can engage with today's diverse metallurgical issues and contribute to the development of a high level knowledge-based UK manufacturing sector
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