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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:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/materials-life-cycle-assessment-workshop-tickets-22221562291

 

Please note:

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

jean.simpson@sheffield.ac.uk

 

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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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DARE Inaugural Workshop Gallery & Presentations

 

Presentations:

1. DARE-A Manufacturing Approach, Rainforth   2. A review of Design Cases, Rivera

3. Quantum Mechanics & Resource Efficiency, Paxton  4. Sustainable steelmaking, Davis

5. WAAM alloy development, Williams

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Designer alloys: Man vs Machine

 

Thomas Young Centre, 5pmThursday 29th October, room G01 of the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London.

Talks will be given by:

Dr Gareth Conduit, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge: A Royal Society Research Fellow in The Theory of Condensed Matter Group, University of Cambridge, Dr Conduit’s research is focused on the design of new materials and quantum phenomena.

Professor  David Dye, Department of Materials, Imperial College London: An academic partner in the DARE Project, Professor Dye’s research interests focus on the micromechanics of jet engine, aircraft and reactor materials, particularly superalloys, titanium and zirconium. His research group works on problems across the life-cycle from alloy design to processing to fatigue and failure.

Further information about the evening can found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13th World Conference on Titanium

Dr Martin Jackson opening Ti-2015 in San Diego
Dr Martin Jackson, academic partner of the DARE project, gave the opening talk at the recently held Ti-2015: The 13th World Conference on Titanium in San Diego.  Dr Jackson will be  leading the Project’s research into High Strength Titanium Alloys; hear more about this research and other planned  research within the Project at our Inaugural Meeting on 3 September 2015.  You can register for the event here (link below)
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DARE Inaugural Meeting – Programme Announced

Dr Martin Jackson at Ti-2015

The programme for the DARE Inaugural workshop has now been finalised and can be found below:

Programme

We hope to see you at our first event where you will hear about our planned research programme and you can register for the meeting here.

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.

Hotel accommodation list

Directions

The event is held at the Ridge, The Ranmoor Village, Shore Lane, Sheffield, S10 3AY. A map showing the location is available for download below:

The Ridge and Ranmoor Village Map & Directions (PDF  638kB)

Right: Dr Martin Jackson, academic partner of the DARE project, gave the opening talk at The 13th World Conference on Titanium in San Diego, and will be talking about his research on advanced Ti alloys at the inaugural meeting.

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Dare Inaugural Meeting

The DARE programme is pleased to announce that it will hold its inaugural meeting in Sheffield on 3 September 2015.

The event will be of interest to academics and students, representatives from our industrial partners and members of national and local Government departments involved in supporting the growth of the metals manufacturing industry.

The day will focus on the Programme’s research plans over the next five years and how we will help one of the largest sectors within manufacturing in the UK and Europe to face future challenges around resource efficiency.

Presentations will be given by project partners, and leading academics who have carried out research in the same field.  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:     10:00 – 10:30

Poster session and drinks reception:    17:30 – 18:30 

DARE Inaugural workshop

You can now register for the event here.

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.

Hotel accommodation list

Directions

The event is held at the Ridge, The Ranmoor Village, Shore Lane, Sheffield, S10 3AY. A map showing the location is available for download below:

The Ridge and Ranmoor Village Map & Directions (PDF  638kB)

 

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