“Designing Alloys for Resource Efficiency (DARE)” is a new multi-million pound research project funded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC); the Project will address the future challenge of a limited pool of resources (e.g. Rare Earth Elements) required for the development of alloys used in modern manufacturing technologies.
Companies in the UK and Europe that manufacture and process metals to form components, are faced with a growing problem of securing supply chains linked to particular materials. The risks these companies face include increased competition from emerging economies due to the globalisation of manufacturing, political risks (especially when reserves of a particular resource are concentrated in one country) and price instability. All of this requires greater flexibility in the design of new alloys.
DARE will be led by the University of Sheffield in partnership with Kings College London, the University of Cambridge and Imperial College; it will also involve its leading industrial partners at the centre of the research and design of alloys for higher performance in manufacturing (see list of industrial partner websites). DARE’s aims are:
- to design, manufacture and test new alloys ready for implementation into industry;
- reduce the reliance on strategic metals and
- minimise waste in the metals industry.
The methods developed within the Project will have a generic applicability to most metal alloys and will therefore impact on a wide range of industrial sectors, including manufacturing, transport, energy, healthcare technologies and defence.