The energy embedded in manufactured products, from their manufacturing processes and the extraction of the raw materials that make them, accounts for a large and often unnoticed component of our energy consumption. Our academics from across the disciplines work in reducing energy demands in different aspects of manufacture, from resource efficiency and recovery to netshape processing and novel casting techniques.
Sustainability is a significant aspect of future manufacturing success and we have projects looking into sustainable catalysis and the recovery of precious metals and phosphorous from waste. We also develop techniques for processing metal that involve significantly less energy than traditional techniques, and are at the forefront fo research into light metal casting and investment casting technologies. Energy recovery processes, for example from the cooling of cast metals, are integrated into this research. Overall industrial processes are analysed to optimise efficiency and reduce waste in manufacture.
Our netshape manufacturing techniques in or School of Metallurgy and Materials have the potential to reduce the amount of metal required to produce a finished product by up to 90% when compared to traditional casting and milling processes. They also make the repair of delicate metal components possible, reducing waste and material consumption within a number of industries.
Dr Moataz Attallah (Metallurgy and Materials- Net Shape Manufacturing)