Automotivetransportation is becoming a major source of greenhouse emissions, which forcesus to think of developing technology that will provide cleaner and lower carbonemission solutions.
Use of lightweight materials in vehicles withoutcompromising with design and performance can be more fuel-efficient, which willlower carbonaceous gas emission. Also reported that our cumulative consumptionof natural resources over the last 60 years is greater than that over the wholeof previous human history and during this period passenger mobility in Indiahas jumped approximately 15 times. Metalsand their alloys are the essential mainstay of automotive manufacturing and itboosts the economic growth.
However, present metal/alloy processing technology isextremely energy consuming and causes a huge adverse impact to our environment.Hence, the new environmental friendly processing technologies should replace thepresent model of material processing. Thisproject will specifically focus on the light metal treatment considering fromearly stage of metal production to recycling. Core research activity will be atNational Institute of Technology, Raipur (India) strongly supported by thecomplementary expertise of our academic spokes from university of Warwick (UK)and a significant amount of investment from our industrial partners VedantaLimited (India) and Advance Metal Casting (UK).
We will conduct fundamental andapplied research in field metallurgy to develop advance technology to developedhigh performance metallic materials and sustainable metal processingtechnologies to reduce greenhouse emissions during the manufacturing and use ofmaterial. We will operate a comprehensive outreach programme to engagepotential stakeholders to ensure the widest possible impact of our research,especially in transport industries. This research activity we will embed into departmentof Metallurgical Engineering for training undergraduate, postgraduate studentsand engineers from industries in liquid metal engineering to train futureleaders to deliver long-lasting benefits of metal processing.