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EPSRC Reference: GR/S70890/01
Title: Engineering the Green State of Powder Products
Principal Investigator: Withers, Professor P
Other Investigators:
Xiao, Professor P Mummery, Professor P
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
AMG Superalloys (UK) Bunting Magnetics Europe (UK) Ceramaspeed Ltd
Dynamic-Ceramic Ltd Federal Mogul Freemantechnology
GE Thermometrics Ltd Hoganas AB Inco Special Products
LG Makin Metal Powders Ltd Malvern Instruments Ltd
Marshalls MBC Metal Powders Ltd Morgan Group Technology Ltd
Porvair (Technology) Ltd Powder Engineering Systems Powerwave UK Ltd
Precision Ceramics Quantachrome S G Magnets Ltd
Department: Materials
Organisation: University of Manchester, The
Scheme: Faraday (PreFEC)
Starts: 09 February 2004 Ends: 08 July 2007 Value (£): 155,329
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Complex fluids & soft solids Materials Processing
Particle Technology
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Manufacturing
Chemicals Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Related Grants:
GR/S70937/01 GR/S70920/01 GR/S70944/01 GR/S70906/01
GR/S70913/01
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Summary on Grant Application Form
Ceramic, metal, hardmetal and magnetic components and pharmaceutical tablets can all be manufactured by compaction of dry powders. In all cases the formation of a high quality green body is key to obtaining acceptable final product microstructures and properties. This project draws on the collective expertise of 7 research institutions to address the problems associated with net shape forming of powder compacts. The production of a powder compact involves a wide range of powder processing steps, from blending, through powder transport and die filling to initial consolidation. A large number of factors can affect the quality of the compact. Incomplete recognition of these can lead to defects such as; deblending and segregation, large variations in density and internal cracking. We have put together a cross-sectorial team with the skills to undertake a systematic and coherent study of dry powder processing. By covering a wide range of materials we will draw out common themes and elucidate how different powder types provide contrasting performance. Each team member has been chosen to provide a particular key skill and so the overall programme comprises an interconnected series of sub-tasks built around a common theme.
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