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30 August 2008
The School of Engineering and Corus have launched a £1.2 million Centre of Excellence to research Corus’ energy optimisation and the management of process by-products to enable reuse in the steel making process, or alternative use.
Involving medium and long term research and the provision of training for their process engineers and technicians the partnership will further improve the competitiveness of the steel industry in Wales, initially over a three year period.
Head of School Professor Hywel Thomas said: "This latest collaboration builds on an already long-standing relationship between the University, the School and Corus. The Centre’s research will focus on minimising the amount of waste material that leaves the plant for landfill and maximising the use of processes gases for on site electricity generation and in raising the efficiency of the electricity generation plant and the distribution network.
"The Corus Centre of Excellence will mean Corus Strip Products can access directly the most industrially-relevant scientific and technical expertise and facilities available to them on these subjects."
Corus Strip Products UK, in Port Talbot, Pontarddulais and Llanwern, South Wales, makes hot-rolled, cold-rolled and metallic-coated strip steels. Now part of Tata the steelmaker is the sixth largest steelmaker in the world with a production capacity of over 27 million tonnes.
"Waste management and energy optimisation are two of the most critical technical aspects of the steelmaking industry," says Lianne Deeming, Director of Process Development at Corus Strip Products UK.
"Gaining the best out of energy production, consumption and recovery, is a priority in an energy intensive industry. Equally, our use of raw materials and management of by-products will be a critical part of our success as we continue to create a sustainable steel industry in Wales."
The University’s links with Corus has been further strengthened this week following the announcement that a team led by School of Engineering student Matthew Wright has won a prestigious Corus Structural Steel Design Award 2008.
Challenged to provide a structural solution for a terminal building and a control tower at a new regional UK airport to support a growing economy and improve transport links, Matthew was presented with first prize,
The Awards were created to foster and reward the architectural and engineering excellence of undergraduates and helping to them to develop the skills they will need once graduated, and this year’s entries have been hailed as possibly the best ever.
Commenting on Matthew’s entry, the chair of judges said: "This was certainly a demanding brief as airport buildings by their very nature are highly charged and symbolic buildings that need to reflect the image of the nation. The entry was expertly thought out - an innovative and effective design that would lend itself to future expansion."
Matthew’s design is now being showcased in a special month-long Corus Student Award Exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London.
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