The Henry Royce Institute explicitly seeks to create impact through its research. Here are a few examples of how our work in Sheffield is changing the world.
Investigating the effect of helium fusion plasmas on tungsten-tantalum alloys
A project has been carried out using the University of Sheffield’s Arcast 200 Arc Melter to produce tungsten-tantalum alloys in complete solid solution using a novel processing method. This will now be used as the focal point of research to investigate the effect of a nuclear fusion.
Nuclear waste containers: does the surface finish matter?
3D optical profilometry has been used by the geodisposal at NucleUS team at the University of Sheffield to evaluate the surface finish of stainless steel samples and determine roughness parameters to assess the suitability of materials for nuclear waste disposal.
Squid enables highly accurate study of magnetic materials
Superconducting QUantum Interference Device (SQUID) magnetometers such as the Quantum Design MPMS®3 enable a greater range of magnetic and electrical measurements to be performed. Read about how our Royce funded MPMS 3 is regularly being used by the University of Sheffield’s Functional Magnetics Group for research into novel magnetic materials.
Developing the next generation of energy storage materials
Researchers are developing new sodium-based batteries as a more sustainable alternative to the current lithium-based batteries. The Henry Royce Institute-funded X-Ray Diffractometer, the Malvern Panalytical Empyrean, has been crucial to this research.
Using 'waste' powders to create parts for lightweight vehicles
A team at the University of Sheffield has discovered that through a method of continuous extrusion, out-of-spec titanium (and titanium alloy) powders rejected for additive manufacturing can be used to create components for high-performance applications.
Alloy Development for Aerospace
A collaborative project identified a new set of alloys that met all the requirements for the next generation of Rolls-Royce jet engines. These alloys have now been patented and are being tested for entry into service in around 2025.
Elastomeric Polymer Scaffolds for 3D Cell and Tissue Culture
Researchers at the University of Sheffield are developing a 3D cell culture platform with the potential to revolutionise laboratory research into tissue engineering.