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Reference Number EP/K026348/1
Title EXHUME - Efficient X-sector use of HeterogeneoUs MatErials in Manufacturing
Status Completed
Energy Categories Not Energy Related 80%;
Energy Efficiency(Industry) 20%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 30%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr GA Leeke
No email address given
Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 March 2013
End Date 03 April 2016
Duration 38 months
Total Grant Value £1,416,867
Industrial Sectors Manufacturing
Region West Midlands
Programme Manufacturing: Engineering
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr GA Leeke , Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham (99.996%)
  Other Investigator Dr L Savage , Engineering Computer Science and Maths, University of Exeter (0.001%)
Dr O Ghita , Engineering Computer Science and Maths, University of Exeter (0.001%)
Professor A Tiwari , School of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University (0.001%)
Dr P Mativenga , Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Airbus UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Innovate UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Kirton Kayaks Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Lanner Group Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Composites Centre (0.000%)
Project Contact , EnginSoft UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , TWI Technology Centre (0.000%)
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Abstract Composite materials represent the future landscape for many industries. The possibility of combining better mechanical strength and reduced weight make composites the material of choice in transportation allowing unique design and functionalities in combination with high fuel efficiency. However, the increased use of composites, automatically leads to waste, either end-of-life or manufacturing waste. It is estimated that in the EU by 2015 end of life composite waste will reach 251,000 tonnes and production waste will achieve 53,000 tonnes. The composites industry, (in particular carbon fibre) is under increasing pressure to provide viable recycling technology for their materials. This is the case because the European Commission has controlled landfill and incineration of these materials.Through research and development of novel recycling and re-manufacture processes, this EXHUME project will provide a step-change in composites resource efficiency. These composite materials evoke difficult scientific and technical recycling challenges due to the mixed nature of their composition. The project will demonstrate to the waste industry, vital re-manufacturing science and chemical/process engineering. It will develop the first data sets and exemplars of mixed composite processing and associated resource footprints that can be used to drive the future of scrap re-use across industrial sectors.This project is pioneering in that it:i) Is the first cross-sector research-inspired use of heterogeneous scrap material in manufacture.ii) Develops novel transformation technologies to process thermoset and thermoplastic composites.iii) Develops a fundamental understanding of microstructure-property relationship in scrap material and in manufacturing process science.iv) Provides vital support to companies to exploit the scrap re-manufacturing technology.v) Evaluates the energy and resource efficiency of composite, re-processing, re-use and re-manufacture assessing the environmental impact and business case
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