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EPSRC Reference: EP/L016273/1
Title: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems - Challenges in Future Metals Manufacturing
Principal Investigator: Wynne, Professor BP
Other Investigators:
Prangnell, Professor P
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Airbus Group Limited Alcoa BAE Systems
BP (UK) Constellium Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL
European Space Agency (International) Firth Rixson Ford Motor Co
GKN Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht ISIS
Magnesium Elektron (to be replaced) Metalysis Ltd Novelis
Osborn Steel Extrusions Limited Otto Fuchs KG Rolls-Royce Plc
Shanghai Baosteel Group Corporation Sheffield Forgemasters Engineering Ltd Siemens plc (UK)
STFC Laboratories (Grouped) TWI Ltd Westinghouse Electric Company
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Organisation: University of Sheffield
Scheme: Centre for Doctoral Training
Starts: 01 April 2014 Ends: 30 September 2022 Value (£): 3,485,038
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation Materials Processing
Materials Synthesis & Growth
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Manufacturing
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
23 Oct 2013 EPSRC CDT 2013 Interviews Panel C Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Metallic materials are used in an enormous range of applications, from everyday objects, such as aluminium drinks cans and copper wiring to highly-specialised, advanced applications such as nickel superalloy turbine blades in jet engines and stainless steel nuclear reactor pressure vessels. Despite advances in the understanding of metallic materials and their manufacture, significant challenges remain.

Research in advanced metallic systems helps us to understand how the structure of a material and the way it is processed affects its properties and performance. This knowledge is essential for us to develop the materials needed to tackle current challenges in energy, transport and sustainability. We must learn how to use the earth's resources in a sustainable way, finding alternatives for rare but strategically important elements and increasing how much material we recycle and reuse. This will partly be achieved through developing manufacturing and production processes which use less energy and are less wasteful and through improving product designs or developing and improving the materials we use.

In order to deliver these new materials and processes, industry requires a lot more specialists who have a thorough understanding of metallic materials science and engineering coupled with the professional and technical leadership skills to apply this expertise. The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems will increase the number of metallurgical specialists, currently in short supply, by training high level physical science and engineering graduates in fundamental materials science and engineering in preparation for doctoral level research on challenging metallic material and manufacturing problems. By working collaboratively with industry, while undertaking a comprehensive programme of professional skills training, our graduates will be equipped to be tomorrow's research leaders, knowledge workers and captains of industry.

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