Metals and alloys are the backbone of manufacturing industry, underpinning many key sectors such as aerospace, automotive, construction, packaging, electronics, defence and general engineering. In the UK, metals and the products that are manufactured from them support about 250,000 jobs and contribute about £200b to national GDP (about 10%). On the downside, however, they contribute worldwide and in the UK to between 15-20% of undesirable impacts to the environment, such as pollution, energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Important developments are underway in metallurgical science that can and almost certainly will have major impacts in the next few years on the metals and alloys we make, the way we make them, and products we make from them.
These include the unprecedented potential for atomic-level engineering using the most advanced computer modelling and atomic characterisation methods; the vast expansion of potential new materials opened up by the discovery of multicomponent high-entropy alloys; and the massive improvements made possible by using digital machine-learning techniques to improve manufacturing process control.
In this workshop, leading academics at the forefront of these scientific developments will discuss how best they can be used to improve the financial and environmental sustainability of manufacturing industry in the UK, i.e. to enhance our ability to make products profitably, support jobs and reduce pollution and GHG emissions.