Steelmaking has been prominent in the UK for generations. The SUSTAIN Future Steel Manufacturing Research Hub is a £35M project funded by £10M of EPSRC funds as well as by Universities, Trade Bodies, RTOs and Businesses over 7 years and aims to support the industry as we develop new, more environmentally friendly options to ensure the future of manufacturing in the UK.
In these documents from the SUSTAIN Annual Review, the team updates you with the key findings from their research across the Tasks, and gives you an insight into the future direction of their work as they continue to innovate and break new ground.
Task 1: Emissions Management
The opportunity is to integrate CO2 capture and utilisation technologies in steel manufacturing processes to deliver added value in collaboration with the chemical industry.
Task 2: Integrated Steelmaking to Reprocess Waste
Task 2 considers alternative carbon sources for fossil fuel carbon based either on waste and/or on “recent” which can displace “ancient” fossil fuel carbon in iron and steelmaking.
Task 3: Steel Scrap Utilisation
Increasing usage of steel scrap in either BF-BOF or EAF routes is an inevitable trend for the steel industry because of its significant benefits in reducing CO2 emissions and energy consumption.
Task 4: UK Digital Steel Innovation Hub
Industrial Digital Technologies, such as wireless sensors, and advanced analytics offer tremendous opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of steelmaking by improving energy and resource efficiency and reducing scrap rate.
Task 5: Intelligent Steelmaking
The primary aim of Task 5 is to take a different view on steel production in its entirety, by focusing on decreasing energy usage and building links over the entire process chain.
Task 6: Thermal Efficiency
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Task 8: Smart Sensors for Real-Time Measurement
Improved monitoring of steel production allows for greater digitalisation and control, leading to more efficient, less energy-intensive manufacturing.
Task 9: Product Development, Late Stage Definition and Integration
The ability to exert greater control over the austenite transformation gives the ability to have greater control of the transformation product and subsequent final properties of the steel.