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Reference Number EP/L016206/1
Title EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Innovative Metal Processing IMPaCT
Status Completed
Energy Categories Not Energy Related 95%;
Energy Efficiency(Industry) 5%;
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 Professor H Dong
No email address given
Department of Engineering
University of Leicester
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2014
End Date 31 March 2023
Duration 108 months
Total Grant Value £3,205,826
Industrial Sectors Manufacturing
Region East Midlands
Programme Manufacturing : Manufacturing
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor H Dong , Department of Engineering, University of Leicester (99.996%)
  Other Investigator Professor H Dong , Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham (0.001%)
Dr SPA Gill , Department of Engineering, University of Leicester (0.001%)
Professor DG McCartney , Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr KT Voisey , Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Doncasters Group Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Diamond Light Source Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands (0.000%)
Project Contact , European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), France (0.000%)
Project Contact , TWI Technology Centre (0.000%)
Project Contact , Aero Engine Controls (0.000%)
Project Contact , European Powder Metallurgy Association (0.000%)
Project Contact , Alstom Ltd (UK) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB), Germany (0.000%)
Project Contact , Rolls-Royce PLC (0.000%)
Project Contact , Welding Alloys Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Tata Group UK (0.000%)
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Abstract Metal processing is a vital component of manufacturing. Manufacturing is the third largest sector in the UK economy and in 2010 manufacturing in the United Kingdom accounted for 8.2% of the workforce and 12% ( 150 billion in gross value added) of the country's national output. However, manufacturing's share of nominal GDP has fallen from over 22 per cent in 1990 and there is a clear trend in low value, high volume manufacturing moving to developing countries while in the UK the higher technology areas generate the better gross value added returns. The future growth of the sector is dependent on its ability to design and make the high value products. In large part, it is the high quality knowledge base and skilled technical workforce that make for a successful transformation from a resource and labour-intensive to a knowledge-intensive sector and ensure that high technology metal industries flourish in the UK.An important aspect of supporting high-value manufacturing in the UK is the PhD training of young researchers. However, it has been pointed out by many companies in the UK that the lack of well-trained materials engineers remains a concern for high value manufacturing industry. Indeed, in 2013 the UK Border Agency identified "metallurgist" as one of the 10 most wanted job titles in the Codes of Practice for Skilled workers.In this proposal, the Universities of Leicester, Birmingham and Nottingham seek funding to establish an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Innovative Metal Processing (CIMP) with substantial support from industrial partners. Over the lifetime of the CIMP we will train over 87 PhD researchers with the combination of experimental, analytical, computational, technology management and transferable skills that are needed to build industrial innovation.The Centre will recruit students from different disciplines and provide them with coherent knowledge of a range of metal processing technologies and develop their expertise in solving chllenging and industrially relevant problems so that they can be deployed by industry and become future leaders. The overall emphasis of the CDT's training programme will be on producing well-rounded leaders of the future, combining critical expertise in their discipline areas with a well-honed professional acumen, culminating in the ability to explore the wider context of their work and its potential impact, communicate their research to a range of different audiences, understand the commercial world and the applications of research, and work effectively with a range of partners both within and outside the academic community.The main research aims are: (1) to provide a deep understanding of the physical phenomena during metal processing, (2) to develop analytical and computational models for metal processing, (3) to design and optimise reliable manufacturing processes to accelerate product development and (4) to design new processes for novel materials.CIMP will build on the relationships the universities already have with our industrial partners and augment those relationships over the longer term by building a shared vision of researcher and continuing professional training and developing a deeper understanding of the challenges that drive innovation and impact in metal processing. Our marketing and recruiting activities will promote the profile of the metal processing industry in the UK and help attract a talented workforce. Our Summer School will also have an outreach activity "targeting" secondary school students to engage them in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and especially to inspire women and girls to pursue (STEM) as pathways to exciting and fulfilling careers.
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