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EPSRC Reference: EP/S018107/1
Title: SUSTAIN Manufacturing Hub
Principal Investigator: Pleydell-Pearce, Professor C
Other Investigators:
Perkins, Dr KM Thackray, Dr R Styring, Professor P
Holliman, Professor P Wynne, Professor BP Barron, Professor A R
Strangwood, Mr M Sackett, Dr E Penney, Professor D
Seetharaman, Professor S Montana, Professor G Beckmann, Professor A
Rainforth, Professor WM Shollock, Professor B Davis, Professor C
Palmiere, Professor E Li, Professor Z Auinger, Dr M
Linton, Professor J Cockings, Dr H L Godsell, Professor J
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
ADS Group Limited British Constructional Steelwork Assoc British Steel Ltd
Celsa Steel UK Construction Products Association Henry Royce Institute
High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult Knowledge Transfer Network Ltd Kubal Wraith
Liberty Steel UK Primetals Technologies Ltd (UK) Sheffield Forgemasters Engineering Ltd
SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Ctr Subcoal International BV Tata Steel Limited
The Manufacturing Technology Centre Ltd UK Steel Welsh Government
Department: College of Engineering
Organisation: Swansea University
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 April 2019 Ends: 30 September 2026 Value (£): 10,852,989
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Carbon Capture & Storage Energy Efficiency
Energy Storage Manufacturing Machine & Plant
Materials Processing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing Construction
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
12 Nov 2018 Manufacturing Hubs 2018 - Interviews Announced
29 Oct 2018 Manufacturing Hubs 2018 - Sift Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form

SUSTAIN is an ambitious collaborative research project led by the National Steel Innovation Centre at Swansea University to transform the productivity, product diversity and environmental performance of the steel supply chain in the UK. Working with Warwick Manufacturing Group and the University of Sheffield, the SUSTAIN Manufacturing Hub will lead grand challenge research projects of carbon neutral steel and ironmaking and smart steel processing. Carbon neutral steel making will explore how we can transition the industry from using coal as its primary energy source to a mix of waste materials, renewable energy and hydrogen. Smart steel processing will examine how digital technology and sensors can be used to increase productivity and also explore how a transformation in the way in which steel is processed can add significant value and create new markets, in particular construction, whilst expanding the opportunities afforded by advanced steel products in the electrification of vehicular transport. The UK steel businesses cover different market sectors and are all engaged in this project committing >£13M in supporting funds. Tata Steel lead work on strip steel products used in automotive (inc electrical steels for generators and motors construction) and packaging applications. British Steel produce long products for key sectors such as rail transport and construction. Liberty Specialty produce unique steels for sectors such as aerospace and nuclear power, Sheffield Forgemasters manufacture products for power generation, defence and civil nuclear industries, and Celsa make section steels and reinforcement primarily for construction. This represents a key element of advanced materials that underpin a large proportion of the UK manufacturing sector. The increasing diversity and lower carbon intensity of UK made steel products together with greater productivity and efficiency will thus benefit the whole of UK manufacturing and create opportunities for manufacturing to make inroads into traditional areas for example by driving offsite manufactured construction alternatives to traditional low skill labour intensive routes. Steel is the world's most used and recyclable advanced material and this project aims to transform the way it is made. This includes approaches both to use and re-use it and harness opportunities to turn any waste product into a value added element for another industry. To illustrate, a steel plant produces enough waste heat to power around 300,000 homes. New materials can trap this heat allowing it to be transported to homes and offices and be used when required without the need for pipes. This then makes the manufacturing site an embedded component of the community and is clearly a model applicable to any other high energy manufacturing operation in other sectors. We will at each stage explore how our discoveries in transforming steel can be mapped onto other key foundation materials sectors such as glass, petrochemicals and cement. Implementation of the research findings will be facilitated via SUSTAIN's network of innovation spokes ensuring that high quality research translates to highly profitable and competitive processes.
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