Royce at the University of Sheffield provides societal, environmental, and economic benefit through innovation in advanced metals processing.
Swarf Titanium to Engine Parts in 3 Steps
Lower-cost access to lightweight titanium alloys will be a game-changer for the automotive industry, enabling manufacturers to reduce the emissions their cars create, while keeping them affordable.
Development of High Energy Density Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors
The Functional Materials and Devices Group at the University of Sheffield has developed novel Lead Oxide-free high energy density capacitors with the aim of improving their operating voltage and energy storage density.
Investigating the Effect of Helium Fusion Plasmas on Tungsten-Tantalum Alloys
Researchers utilised the Arcast 200 Arc Melter, situated at the Royce Discovery Centre, to produce tungsten-tantalum alloys in complete solid solution using a novel processing method. The results of this research are now the focal point in investigating 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
Using ‘waste’ powders to create parts for light-weight vehicles, the Royce team 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.