Metal money

The EPSRC has awarded a Sheffield University materials research institute a £5.5m grant which could help boost the metals industry in the region.

The grant will provide the Institute for Microstructural and Mechanical Process Engineering at the University of Sheffield (IMMPETUS) with up to 15 years worth of funding.

The extra cash will mean that the Institute can provide underpinning research and technology transfer to a wide range of companies that operate in different market sectors. It will also allow IMMPETUS to react quickly to understand and develop new disruptive technologies to the point of commercial reality.

Prof Mark Rainforth, director of IMMEPTUS at Sheffield University, said: ‘We see the role of IMMPETUS as providing a major input to UK manufacturers to ensure they remain competitive on the international stage. The EPSRC award is great news for both the university but also for UK metals manufacturing, particularly firms in the South Yorkshire region.’

More than 50 staff and students from three university departments – Automatic Control & Systems Engineering, Engineering Materials and Mechanical Engineering – currently work on IMMPETUS projects. The institute has world-class experimental facilities and works with major companies including Converteam, Corus, Firth Rixson, Outokumpu Stainless, Siemens VAI, Timet UK, Sheffield Forgemasters Engineering and TWI.