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Reference Number EP/P02470X/1
Title Sir Henry Royce Institute - Sheffield Equipment
Status Completed
Energy Categories Not Energy Related 75%;
Energy Efficiency(Industry) 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor WM Rainforth
No email address given
Engineering Materials
University of Sheffield
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2016
End Date 31 March 2021
Duration 60 months
Total Grant Value £15,229,114
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Energy; Manufacturing; R&D
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Sir Henry Royce Institute
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor WM Rainforth , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (99.995%)
  Other Investigator Dr IM Reaney , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr D Sinclair , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr NC Hyatt , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor JW Haycock , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor I Todd , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Web Site https://www.royce.ac.uk/partners/the-university-of-sheffield/

As a national institute, The Sir Henry Royce Institute (SHRI) for Advanced Materials, will provide the missing 'link' in the UK innovation chain allowing the iterative design of advanced materials for various applications, at speed and reasonable cost, providing a critical component to delivering on the government's economic strategy. The Institute will reduce the time-scales to translate discoveries to applications, provide strategic leadership together with training and career development in areas of particular need. The aim is to establish the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials as an 'An international flagship for the accelerated discovery and development of new materials systems for the economic and societal benefit of the UK.'. The SHRI will cover the invention and manufacture of Soft Materials; Functional Materials; Structural Engineering Materials and Energy Materials along with the necessary facilities to test and characterise them within a framework that emphasises the sustainable use of materials. Initially there will be 9 core material areas led by founding partners.

  • Chemical materials discovery
  • Biomedical materials and devices
  • Materials for energy efficient ICT
  • Atoms to devices
  • 2D Materials systems
  • Advanced Metals Processing
  • Materials systems for demanding environments
  • Energy Storage
  • Nuclear materials

Sheffield University'sTranslational Centre will act as an open access centre of excellence, incorporating both existing and newly purchased state of the art powder manufacture and processing facilities, to raise the profile and consolidate regional metal powder expertise. The centre will enable Sheffield to lead on advanced powder manufacturing and processing to transfer knowledge and experience, gained from working with industry, to local SMEs active in the healthcare, energy, oil and gas, manufacturing and construction supply chains. The centre will work alongside a second new Royce research centre, the Royce Discovery Centre at the Universitys city campus, which will be focussed on early-stage research on materials discovery and processing. The Translational Centre will then take these research discoveries and work with companies to help apply it to their manufacturing challenges. It will house global-leading academics and engineers along with industrial-grade machines to bridge the gap between research into metal processing and applications for sectors such as aerospace, automotive, energy, medical and high-value manufacturing. In 2016 the Sheffield Royce Translational Centre received a 4 million grant from the European Regional Development Fund.

Metallurgy and metals processing is going through period of rapid change driven by the need to improve their performance in-service but also by the socio-economic drivers of reducing process waste and emissions. To address these challenges the overall objective of the Advanced Metals Processing theme is to establish a world leading facility for metals discovery, processing, characterisation, upscaling and manufacturing, with a view to creating a link through to the digitally integrated, sustainable and resource efficient factory of the future. 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

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