Research collaborations

XMat Research Collaborations

Research Collaboration Contribution Period
Max Planck Institut For Eisenforschung, Dusseldorf Assisted with the development of the TU-TILD method for achieving fully anharmonic DFT calculations with at least an order of magnitude improvement in efficiency over the existing method. Aug 2013
ICAMS, Ruhr-Universität Bochum Assisted with applications of ThermoCalc Ongoing since 2013
NOV Development of novel joining techniques  for diamond cutting materials Sep 2013
London Underground Funding for the development of materials for electric relays Oct 2013
Harbin Institute of Technology, China Dr Yuelei Bai academic visitor to ICL. Investigated a wide range of ternary compounds in the Hf-Al-C system using First-Principle simulation. Feb 2014 – Jan 2015
Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS), Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany Assisted with the development of the TU-TILD method for achieving fully anharmonic DFT calculations with at least an order of magnitude improvement in efficiency over the existing method. May 2014
MBDA Funded two related programmes, viz.: i) determining the potential of Cf-UHTC powder composites for specific applications and ii) improving an existing, low cost CMC by incorporating UHTCs. Apr 2014 – Mar 2016
DSTL Funded a programme on Cf-UHTC powder composites primarily aimed at determining whether the processing can be scaled up to allow the production of full size components. Jul 2014 – Jun 2016
Element Six Funding for the development of c-BN ceramic composites by SPS routes Sep 2014
Kennametal Technical help and funding towards the use of their industrial SPS machine and fabrication of novel tooling to scale up Flash-SPS. Sep 2014
Huddersfield Provided ion irradiation for the Humphrey-Baker project. Sep 2014 – Aug 2016
Tokamak Funded a programme on investigating the performance of WC composites in hard irradiation environments. Sep 2014 – Aug 2016
Institute of Materials Research, Slovakia Research collaboration for micro testing (nano hardness mapping and micropillars testing) of ZrB2 Feb 15 – Jun 2015
Missouri S&T Visit by Prof Bill Fahrenholtz; worked with the research team at UoB, initiated new projects and gave a seminar at ICL. May – Jun 2015

Projects obtained because of XMat but not formally part of it

Harbin Institute of Technology (China) Development of WC moulding Aug 2013 £15k to QMUL
ONRG Processing of carbon fibre UHTC ceramic composites 2013 – 15 $250k to ICL
Element Six C-BN ceramic composites Sep 2014 £40k to QMUL
DSTL & ONRG Scaling up of transparent nano alumina for armour protection 2014 – 15 £67,472 to UoB
Rolls-Royce Improving oxidation resistance of SiC/SiC 2014 – 15 £265k to ICL
Lloyds Register Support for Chair in Nuclear Regulation 2014-17 £150k
University of New South Wales, Australia Synroc durability PhD 2014 – 18 £180k to ICL
EPSRC Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Industrial CASE Oxidation of uranium carbide nuclear fuel 2014 – 18 £150k to ICL
EPSRC, Sellafield, NNL, NDA Distinctive (Decommissioning Immobilisation and storage soluTIons for NuClear wasTe InVEntories) consortium 2014 – 19 £450k to ICL
EPSRC Nuclear Energy Centre for Doctoral Training, with Cambridge and The Open University 2014 – 19 £4M

(£3M to ICL)

Leverhulme Trust Visiting Fellow Michel Barsoum Sept – Dec 2015 £15,800
EPSRC Carbides for Future Fission Environments (CAFFE), with Cambridge (leader) and Manchester 2015 – 18 £554,707 to ICL
EPSRC Strategic Equipment – MagMat – Synthesis and processing of materials in a strong magnetic field 2015 – 2020 £328k to QMUL