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Turning planes into phone cases: new paper shows fibre-reinforced polymers can be recycled effectively and economically

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New, composite materials such as fibre-reinforced polymers used for new-generation planes and vehicles are non-biodegradable and, at the moment, unrecyclable – so what do we do with the products when their serviceable life is over? Two researchers in the School of Chemical Engineering are hoping their groundbreaking work in this little-known field will provide opportunity for the global recycling of materials like glass and carbon fibres for phone cases or knitting needles!
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Engineering and Physical Sciences

£400k Innovate UK collaborative project to reduce CO2 emissions

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A collaborative £400k Innovate UK (IPD11) project between the University of Birmingham and Hubbard Products Ltd, led by Dearman Engine Company Ltd, will commence in July 2015. The project will deliver a cost-effective zero emissions auxiliary system for power and cooling to reduce CO2 emissions of refrigerated trucks and air-conditioned buses, in addition to other emissions benefits.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research, Students

University of Birmingham hosts UK Thermal Energy Storage Workshop 2015

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The University of Birmingham will host the 2015 UK Thermal Energy Storage Workshop on Wednesday 10 – Thursday 11 June 2015. The workshop will bring together UK and international leading experts from research and industry to explore technical developments, systems and applications and industrial needs in energy storage research.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research, Students

Track to the Future

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Birmingham will take part in a new £8.5m research programme which aims to develop railway track for the future that will cost less and last longer with reduced maintenance needs and improved environmental performance, causing significantly less disruption to travellers.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research, Students

Future-proofing our infrastructure: new paper looks at mitigating the domino-effect phenomenon

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The past few decades have seen major building collapses, such as Ronan Point, London, the World Trade Center and 130 Liberty Street in New York, caused by various factors but with one common point – the unexpected nature of the events and the accidental loading that triggered the sequence of the collapse. Birmingham's Charalampos Baniotopoulos, Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems at the School of Civil Engineering, is one of Europe's top researchers working on how to make structures and buildings more robust. Indeed, his research is aimed at being incorporated into the next generation of Eurocodes.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences

Birmingham Heroes Lecture: The Future of our Railways: embracing digital railway technology

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Over 100 UK and international alumni and rail professionals from academia and industry convened at the London Transport Museum last week (Tuesday 19 May) to hear Professor Clive Roberts discuss the future of our railways The event marked the fourth Birmingham Heroes Lecture, an annual series which celebrates academics' pioneering research, dedicated to enquiry, debate and change. Many of our heroes are global leaders in their chosen field and continue to transform and impact upon health, environment and society.

University of Birmingham host 2015 Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technical Conference

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The University of Birmingham hosted the 2015 Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technical Conference at the Millennium Point in Birmingham on Tuesday 19 - Thursday 21 May 2015. The conference brought together experts in fuel cell and hydrogen research and application from across Europe to discuss the technical developments and trends within the science and technology industry.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research, Students, Teaching

Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - May 2015

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From voting to headsets to aid military commanders, and more...
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Alumni, Engineering and Physical Sciences, International, Research, Students, Teaching

Engineering Education Scheme (EES) event mark young people as future Science & Engineering stars

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Students from 64 schools in the Midlands region marked themselves as Science and Engineering stars of the future at the prestigious Engineering Education Scheme (EES) event at Cranmore Park on Thursday 30 April 2015. The event featured keynote speaker, Lord Digby Jones, Midlands business and politics figure.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Students, Teaching
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