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EPSRC Reference: GR/R48070/01
Title: FaME- A joint support facility for materials engineering at ILL/ESRF
Principal Investigator: Webster, Professor PJ
Other Investigators:
Withers, Regius Professor P O'Dowd, Professor NP Fitzpatrick, Professor M
Korsunsky, Professor AM Edwards, Professor L Swallowe, Dr G
Researcher Co-Investigators:
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Department: Inst for Materials Research
Organisation: University of Salford
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 December 2001 Ends: 31 July 2005 Value (£): 1,656,961
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Instrumentation Eng. & Dev. Materials Characterisation
Materials testing & eng.
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing Transport Systems and Vehicles
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Construction
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Summary on Grant Application Form
The ILL and the ESRF are respectively the European centres for neutron and synchrotron radiation research and are located on a shared site in Grenoble, France. They are each probably the best in the world in their fields and jointly they are unique. The UK is a principal partner in each through EPSRC. Engineering research is conducted at Central Facilities, but rarely by engineers themselves because: The facilities and equipment were not in general designed for engineering research; visiting engineers generally do not have an appropriate or sufficient scientific background, and most Local Contacts do not have the specialist engineering knowledge that is required to provide the extra support that inexperienced engineering users need.It is proposed to set up a joint ILl/ESRF support Facility for Materials Engineering, `FaME', staffed and equipped to encourage and to facilitate engineering research by engineers based upon developing strain imaging. FaME will provide a `Technical Centre', a `Knowledge Centre', and a facility to pre-mount samples and to simulate scans off-line so as to optimise beam-time utilisation. It will have materials engineering equipment including static and dynamic thermo-mechanical loading equipment and software to simplify data collection, processing and analysis. It will uniquely link neutron and synchrotron X-ray research and will enable the high potential for engineering research at Central Facilities to be realised and for it to be exploited academically and industrially. The gains in equipment utilisation and efficiency are expected to be large.
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