20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This unit will provide an insight into industrial metals processing and the accompanying environmental aspects of the manufacturing sector for critical applications. This will be a collaboration with UK industries such as Tata Steel, Sheffield Forgemasters, GKN and/or Siemens VAI. Industry will set a real technical challenge and small group sizes will undertake experimental work and present a report that will require an in-depth literature review. To supplement the main technical challenge there will be focussed technical seminars on relevant topics. These topics will be provided by both academics and engineers. In addition, the metals processing industry will provide seminars on environmental aspects, works services and quality issues. 

Teaching Methods: To meet the learning outcomes the basic course content will be delivered by site visits (e.g. Tata Steel Scunthorpe steelworks), seminars by industry on environmental legislation and life cycle analysis, technical seminar case studies by industry (Tata, GKN, etc), specific lectures by academics supported by supplementary material on MOLE for use in independent learning. Independent study is also expected to be used for additional reading around the topic area. This will be essential in enabling students to develop an appropriately deep understanding of the information presented in the site visit, seminars and lectures as well as via supplementary material on MOLE.
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