Impact Initiatives

 

Two of our key pathways to impact related to resource efficiency and sustainability plus the development of highly skilled researchers.

With this in mind the DARE Programme introduced an initiative entitled “Project X“.  This enabled early career researchers involved in the Project to pitch a research idea linked to one of the themes in our Research Programme, which would enable them to broaden their skills base and help them to become ambassadors for resource efficiency and sustainability in research.

On approval of their project, by a panel of academic and industry partners, they were awarded funds from the the consumables and travel budget to run their own mini-project, helping them to develop skills in project management and to move towards becoming an independent researcher.

Projects included:

  • Receiving further training to combine micro and macro-scale modelling methods and apply this new knowledge in the development of new resource efficient magnesium alloys;
  • Development of new resource efficient steel and magnesium alloys that are less reliant on Rare Earths by using other elements not used in the day to day research of the DARE Programme;
  • Research into resource efficient alloys for fusion reactors both at the nano scale and at industrial scale;
  • Implement hybrid Life Cycle Assessment methodology to new alloys developed within the DARE Steel and Magnesium research streams and develop an outreach tool for schools based on Life Cycle assessment.

You can access our outreach discussion tool “Lifecycle City” and other documents liked to the resarch from these projects here.

 

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