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EPSRC Reference: EP/M013863/1
Title: Small is Beautiful
Principal Investigator: Jolly, Professor M
Other Investigators:
Salonitis, Dr K Charnley, Dr F Ball, Professor PD
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Cast Metals Federation ESI Granta Design Ltd
Department: School of Water, Energy and Environment
Organisation: Cranfield University
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 27 March 2015 Ends: 31 December 2016 Value (£): 233,012
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy Efficiency Manufact. Enterprise Ops& Mgmt
Manufacturing Machine & Plant
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
03 Sep 2014 ERM Interviews Panel 1 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The aim of the this project is to introduce the concept of "small is beautiful" into a conservative relatively low technology manufacturing sector where the "economies of scale" argument has been used for the last decade to build ever more so-called efficient process lines. This will be a major challenge. The new philosophy, "small is beautiful", starts by encouraging the use of high quality feedstock, only melting what is required and only when it is required. Recycling of internal scrap is not necessarily acceptable but an aim for higher yields is. Applying counter gravity casting methods to improve yield and give enhanced quality is encouraged as is the recovery low grade heat from solidification.

The project will achieve this by the development of a software tool incorporating a new philosophy/methodology and metric for the handling of materials and energy throughout the process in foundries using computer numerical process simulation to support the decision making. The project would also look at the full energy chain from charge materials through to waste heat and energy in the process and identify the opportunities for scavenging waste heat and the costs associated with the whole process. This will therefore enable cost/benefit analysis to be undertaken so that companies will be able to make informed decisions about design, material and process at a very early stage.
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