UK car makers will be the first to benefit from new metal casting techniques being developed by a £14 million Advanced Metal Casting Centre (AMCC) at Brunel University in London.
The new facility will bridge the gap between research and industrial trials and will draw on the work done by Professor Zhongyun Fan and his team at the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) to improve the recyclability of metals.
“Our long term aim,” said Professor Fan, “is to reduce the amount of new metal mined from the ground to a minimum, by finding ways to make high quality parts and materials from metal that has already been used at least once.”
One project that will be pursued in the AMCC is the replacement of the hundreds of registered aluminium alloys currently in commercial use with just over 10 highly versatile alloys that can be used over and over again.
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