CARDIFF University and Corus have joined together to launch a £1.2m Centre of Excellence to research specific engineering topics.
The partnership will involve medium and long-term research and the provision of training for their process engineers and technicians to further improve the competitiveness of the steel industry in Wales, initially over a three-year period.
Based at Cardiff University’s School of Engineering, the Corus Centre of Excellence will focus on energy optimisation and the management of process by-products to enable reuse in the steel-making process, or alternative use.
Specialised training will also be provided in energy generation and electrical energy transmission and distribution.
Head of School Professor Hywel Thomas said: “This latest collaboration builds on an already long-standing relationship between the university, the school and Corus. The centre’s research will focus on minimising the amount of waste material that leaves the plant for landfill and maximising the use of processes gases for on site electricity generation and in raising the efficiency of the electricity generation plant and the distribution network.
“The Corus Centre of Excellence will mean Corus Strip Products can access directly the most industrially-relevant scientific and technical expertise and facilities available to them on these subjects.”
Corus Strip Products UK, in Port Talbot, Pontarddulais and Llanwern makes hot-rolled, cold-rolled and metallic-coated strip steels. Now part of Tata, the steelmaker is the sixth largest steelmaker in the world with a production capacity of more than 27 million tonnes.
“These are two of the most critical technical aspects of the steelmaking industry,” says Lianne Deeming, director of process development at Corus Strip Products UK.
“Gaining the best out of energy production, consumption and recovery, is a priority in an energy intensive industry.
“Equally, our use of raw materials and management of by-products will be a critical part of our success as we continue to create a sustainable steel industry in Wales.”
The university’s links with Corus have been further strengthened this week following the announcement that a team led by School of Engineering student Matthew Wright has won a Corus Structural Steel Design Award 2008.
Challenged to provide a structural solution for a terminal building and a control tower at a new regional UK airport to support a growing economy and improve transport links, Mr Wright was presented with first prize,
The awards were created to foster and reward the architectural and engineering excellence of undergraduates.
This year’s entries have been hailed as possibly the best ever.
Mr Wright’s design is now being showcased in a month-long Corus Student Award Exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London.