“Thinking Life Cycle in a Circular Economy” – Louis Brimacombe

                                                                                                                                        Formerly the Head of Environmental Technology, Tata Steel, Louis is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering and he will present his inaugural lecture at 10:30 am, Tuesday 10 January 2017, Lecture Theatre 22, Sir Robert Hadfield Building.

The programme has now been finalised and can be found below, together with an abstract of his presentation and directions.

We look forward to seeing you on 10 January 2017; you can book a place for the lecture here.


Brimacombe Presentation       Programme                 Abstract           

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“Alloy Design – A Resource Efficient Approach”

On 1 September 2016 the DARE programme held its second Annual Symposium at the University of Sheffield.

The one day event had a mixture of presentations by DARE academic and industry partners plus guest speakers from throughout Europe. The presentations focussed on the challenges academics and industry face when trying to design new alloys with minimum material waste and less dependence on rare earth additions, whilst retaining their strength and resistance to wear and corrosion.  The Symposium was well attended by UK and International academic and industry delegates and all agreed that the event provided an interesting mix of high-level talks.

A big thank you to our speakers and delegates who attended the event.

Photos and presentations from the event can be found here.



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DARE Annual Symposium 2016 Gallery & Presentations


Workshop Programme 2016         Permanent Magnets and the “Rare Earth crisis” – van Schilfgaarde


High Strength MgAlloys – Robson     Designing martensitic steels – Galindo-Nava


Alloy design for Additive Manufacturing – Jägle         Life Cycle Analysis – Koh



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DARE Annual Workshop 2016 – Programme now available


The programme for the DARE Annual Workshop 2016  has now been finalised and can be found below.

We look forward to seeing you on the day, when we will have keynote speakers from Rolls-Royce plc, the Max-Plank-Institut für Eisenforschung, Germany and IMDEA Materials Institute, Spain.


Workshop Programme 2016


You can now register for the event here.

Directions to the venue can be found below; should you require overnight accommodation in Sheffield when attending the meeting, you can book accommodation at the venue here.  Alternatively there is a list of hotels below which give preferential rates; when booking please quote “University of Sheffield” or the code given in the attached document.

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DARE Annual Workshop 2016 Announced: “Alloy Design — A Resource Efficient Approach”


Following the success of our Inaugural Workshop last year, we are pleased to announce that the DARE Annual Workshop 2016 will again take place in Sheffield on 1 September 2016.

The event will revolve around one of the Programme’s three principle areas of study – the design of resource efficient alloys for manufacture that offer both higher performance and reduced reliance on key elements.  Some of the topics to be discussed are shown in the attached flyer and a full programme will be available shortly.



Start and end times are as follows:

Registration & coffee, Turner Museum,

Sir Robert Hadfield Building:                        10:00 – 10:30

Poster session and drinks reception:          18:00 – 18:30 






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Making the Sustainable Choice – Embedding Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) in Materials & Manufacturing Supply Chain

On Friday 22 April, academic and industry delegates from across Europe came together for the Materials Life Louis Brimacombe, Tata SteelCycle Analysis (LCA) Workshop; a one day event to discuss current and future trends of LCA, and how it can aid decision making to achieve resource efficiency and sustainability.

Held at The University of Sheffield, the event was organised jointly between the Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) and the EPSRC funded projects “Designing Alloys for Resource Efficiency” (DARE) and “Substitution and Sustainability in Functional Materials and Devices” (SUbST), and included discussions on major materials innovation projects and real industry cases.


Louis Brimacombe, Head of Environmental Technology at Tata Steel, gave the keynote presentation explaining the role LCA has in understanding the benefits of a circular economy, where not only environmental considerations but also the social and economic performance of a material are crucial for making sustainable decisions.

He said “Life cycle assessment is core in achieving sustainability across supply chains. LCA not only helps industry make informed decisions, but identifies where we can improve resource efficiency, sustainability and circular economy.”

The afternoon session focused on group discussions to determine key issues surrounding LCA and potential new concepts to take forward, including: why current materials life cycle is not sustainable; how science and research can help to make it more sustainable in the future; the stakeholders who should be involved and the support and resources required to achieve this.

Professor Lenny Koh, AREC and event organiser said: “This event has shown the evidence on the important role and influence of supply chain LCA in resource efficiency and sustainability of materials supply chains in flagship projects including DARE, SUBST and SIMULIFE. LCA must be designed into any new materials or new products / services development stage to search for the most sustainable option before scale up. For existing materials and products / services, their life cycle must be continuously assessed through LCA.”

Copies of the presentations and a summary of the breakout discussions can be found here.


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Materials Life Cycle Analysis Workshop Gallery & Presentations


Presentations: Brimacombe  Koh  Rainforth  Reaney  Pinna  Hardwick



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Materials Life Cycle Analysis Workshop

DARE is pleased to be participating in the Materials Life Cycle Assessment Workshop to be held here at the University of Sheffield on Friday 22 April 2016.

This is a free one day event which will focus on the current and future trends of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), particularly in materials supply chain, and will be of interest to academics, students, representatives from industry and local and national policymakers.

The full programme will be announced shortly but more details of the event can be found in the flyer below, together with directions to the venue.  Start and end times are as follows:

Registration & coffee:                 9:30 – 10:00

Drinks reception & networking: 15:00 – 16:00


You can book your place at the following link:



Please note:

When booking your place at the event please email any special dietary or other requirements to:



MaterialsLCAworkshop   Materials LCA workshop Programme  Directions


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DARE Inaugural Workshop

The DARE Project (Designing Alloys for Resource Efficiency) held its inaugural workshop at The Ridge, Sheffield on 3 September.

The event was attended by national and international supporters, including academics, students and representatives from industry partners.

Presentations were given by DARE partners plus guest speakers Professor Claire Davis, Tata Steel Professor at WMG, University of Warwick and Professor Stewart Williams, Director of the Welding Engineering and Laser Processing Centre at Cranfield University.

The day focused on the Project’s research plans and explained how the project aims to contribute towards a resource-efficient and low-carbon economy by working with partners in the metals industry to reduce their reliance on strategic metals and to minimise waste through the development of new metal alloys.

A big thank you to all those who participated and attended.

Photos and presentations from the event can be found here

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