Developing low carbon forming and joining technologies that will shape and build tomorrow's products. Processes of interest include stamping, superplastic forming, incremental sheet forming, extrusion, rolling, and applications of solid state welding.
Flexible processes (e.g., incremental sheet forming and additive manufacturing) potentially offer cost-free variation and complexity; however, they are often slow and can result in inferior product properties compared to those achieved using conventional processing. We seek to first understand and then increase the speed and quality limitaions of these processes through alternative tool paths, greater open and closed loop control, and alternative machine design.
Investigating low carbon recycling routes for manufacturing scrap.
From additive manufacturing to carbon nanotubes, how will new developments change the way we make and use products? What innovations and policies can ensure energy efficient use of these new technologies?
Identifying opportunities and developing technologies that dramatically improve material efficiency and cut emissions in the steel and aluminum industries.
Industrialisation and increasing material wealth is bringing prosperity to many parts of the world. How can the need to develop be reconciled with the need to cut industrial emissions?