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METAL - Introduction to Materials Testing in a Manufacturing Environment

This course provides an understanding of the interrelationship between material properties at the atomic, microscopic and macroscopic scale which underpin the mechanical properties of metals and their alloys, polymers, ceramics and composites, and reviews the wide range of test methodologies that have been developed to accurately measure the properties of each group of materials.

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10/04/2019

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METAL - Energy and Power

This course is designed to guide attendees through the main concepts of electrical power generation and use. Scientific concepts will be backed up using real life examples taken from a typical steam powered generation plant. At the end of this course attendees should be able to demonstrate an appreciable understanding of design elements of a steam and gas power station considering efficiency and power losses. In addition, the attendees will have an enhanced understanding of the importance of fuels and water quality.

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21/04/2019

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24/04/2019

METAL -Introduction to CAD, 2D & 3D

This course is designed to give an overview into Computer Aided Design (CAD) using both 3D & 2D design methods. The skills learned are generic and easily transferable to any modern parametric CAD system.

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30/04/2019

METAL - Advanced Imaging and Materials Characterisation Techniques

This module will shape your understanding of the principles of microscopy and spectroscopy by exploring your subject from atoms to applications.

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METAL - Introduction to Materials Engineering

This course provides an insight into the world of materials engineering and gives an overview of both physical and mechanical properties of different materials.

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01/05/2019

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17th International Conference in Manufacturing Research

Invitation to participate in the 17th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR2019) at Queen's University Belfast, UK, on 10-12 Sep 2019. The conference will include keynote presentations by internationally renowned researchers and industrialists, as well as papers from academia and industry, exploring all core areas of manufacturing engineering. Initiated by The Consortium of UK University Manufacturing and Engineering (COMEH), ICMR has been the UK’s main manufacturing research conference for 34 years and an international conference since 2003 – bringing researchers, academics and industrialists together to share their vision, knowledge and experience, and discuss emerging trends and new challenges.

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10/09/2019

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Image: Building on Our Strengths for the Future

18/03/2019

Building on Our Strengths for the Future

Ceri Jones, Director of Swansea University’s Research, Engagement and Innovation Services (REIS) talks about the University’s plans in light of BREXIT, reaching new milestones, and our commitment to our partners and stakeholders.

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Image: KESS 2 Open call announcement for companies based in West Wales and the Valleys looking for a Masters student research project – Deadline 29th March 2019

14/03/2019

KESS 2 Open call announcement for companies based in West Wales and the Valleys looking for a Masters student research project – Deadline 29th March 2019

The KESS office in Swansea University currently have an open call for industry 12 month MSc by Research and MRes projects starting in October 2019. We have availability for up to 18 research Masters scholarships for KESS 2 working with industry partners based in West Wales and the Valleys. For information on applying please contact Mike McMahon on 01792 606282 or email m.p.mcmahon@swansea.ac.uk.

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Image: Promoting, Supporting and Inspiring Women in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) - International Women's Day

08/03/2019 ASTUTE 2020 News

Promoting, Supporting and Inspiring Women in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) - International Women's Day

I have worked as part of team of engineers and have never felt that being female has been an issue. Within my role in ASTUTE I’ve always felt encouraged, supported and valued by all my colleagues. I think that if you have a passion for your topic and good knowledge in your field then people will listen to the things that you have to say, regardless of your gender.

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Image: Innovation & Knowledge Exchange - Investing in future manufacturing technologies

21/02/2019 ASTUTE 2020 News

Innovation & Knowledge Exchange - Investing in future manufacturing technologies

ASTUTE 2020 recently teamed up with NatWest and Industry Wales to run a free event for companies in the manufacturing sector to raise awareness of the support available to Welsh businesses that are looking to invest in future manufacturing technologies. The event highlighted the importance of exploiting existing and creating new opportunities to gain competitive advantages in future manufacturing technologies and the importance of adapting to change.

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Image: Having successfully collaborated with ASTUTE during the 2010 – 2015 funding phase, Affresol continues to strive for improvements within the company

24/01/2019 ASTUTE 2020 News

Having successfully collaborated with ASTUTE during the 2010 – 2015 funding phase, Affresol continues to strive for improvements within the company

Utilising ASTUTE 2020’s expertise to develop and enhance the efficiency of the manufacturing process by improving already existing or creating new methods that are more suitable for TPR® material.

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Image:  Launch for Formula 3D Circuit Race

21/01/2019

Launch for Formula 3D Circuit Race

The project, led by Swansea University’s College of Engineering in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council, was initiated at Ysgol Gynradd Nantgaredig – a pioneering primary school where children are being introduced to digital technologies like 3D printing from a young age.

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Image: Vortex IoT announced as Factory of the Future partner

04/12/2018

Vortex IoT announced as Factory of the Future partner

Expert engineers and scientists at Swansea University will soon be collaborating with an innovative local manufacturing company to help boost the business for many years to come.

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Image: Magnetism to Raise the Pulse - How magnets are being used for the treatment of chronic heart failure

15/11/2018 ASTUTE 2020 News

Magnetism to Raise the Pulse - How magnets are being used for the treatment of chronic heart failure

The annual ‘Swansea Science Festival’ hosted by Swansea University took place on the weekend of the 3rd – 4th November. The largest festival of its kind in Wales, the family-friendly event held at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea attracted 6,000 visitors to an array of interactive exhibits and workshops, all focused on the world of science.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Lyte Industries (Wales) one of the few companies still manufacturing access equipment such as ladders in the UK

30/10/2018 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Lyte Industries (Wales) one of the few companies still manufacturing access equipment such as ladders in the UK

ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Swansea based Lyte Industries (Wales) will allow Lyte to advance their manufacturing systems to evaluate and improve efficiency, quality and delivery, leading to increased sales revenue to ensure a long-term future for the company in West Wales and the Valleys

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Image: ASTUTE 2020's collaboration Team Precision Pipe Assemblies on comparing simulation and value stream mapping for cell layout

01/06/2018 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020's collaboration Team Precision Pipe Assemblies on comparing simulation and value stream mapping for cell layout

Team Precision were seeking collaborative support from ASTUTE 2020 in gaining a better understanding of their current manufacturing capabilities and capacity, and ways to identify possible improvements.

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Image: Engaging the automotive industry with collaboration benefits

25/05/2018 ASTUTE 2020 News

Engaging the automotive industry with collaboration benefits

On Thursday 17th May, the Welsh Automotive Forum (WAF), Swansea University’s College of Engineering and ASTUTE 2020, co-hosted an event for WAF automotive industry representatives at the state-of-the-art Bay Campus, Swansea University as part of WAF’s South West regional meeting.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Kautex Textron into liquid flow patterns through micro nozzles

09/05/2018 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Kautex Textron into liquid flow patterns through micro nozzles

Continuing from a series of successful collaborative projects during the 2010 – 2015 funding phase of ASTUTE, Kautex was able to utilise the knowledge gained from the previous projects to develop two of their own nozzle designs. To further increase Kautex’s understanding of the key parameters of the nozzles, a collaborative project on the liquid flow patterns was carried out with ASTUTE 2020.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Weartech International evolving the research capacity into wear resistant multicomponent alloys – computational approach

25/04/2018 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Weartech International evolving the research capacity into wear resistant multicomponent alloys – computational approach

The collaborative project with ASTUTE 2020 aims to support Weartech’s ambition to potentially increase Weartech’s market share (up to 30% increase on orders), taking the company to a potential £15m turnover in the future.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Weartech International on evolving the research capacity into wear resistant multicomponent alloys - microstructure approach

25/04/2018 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Weartech International on evolving the research capacity into wear resistant multicomponent alloys - microstructure approach

It is expected that through engagement and collaboration with ASTUTE 2020, Weartech’s advanced manufacturing knowledge will increase, alongside certain improvements, be applied more widely to production, providing additional gains for Weartech.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Frontier Medical Group exploring the development of methodologies for enhanced and sustainable competitiveness in injection moulding

29/03/2018 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Frontier Medical Group exploring the development of methodologies for enhanced and sustainable competitiveness in injection moulding

Following on from a successful collaboration between Frontier and ASTUTE (2010 – 2015) on Repose® and Frontier’s ongoing focus to remain competitive, utilise new materials and optimise processes, a collaborative Research and Development (R&D) project with ASTUTE 2020 was scoped.

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Image: £8m EU-backed boost to roll out initiative to drive ground breaking research to support the manufacturing industry

16/02/2018 ASTUTE 2020 News

£8m EU-backed boost to roll out initiative to drive ground breaking research to support the manufacturing industry

Welsh manufacturing businesses will benefit from an extra £8m to extend a scheme to help them access world-class expertise to develop cutting-edge new products and services, Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford today said. [16.02.18]

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Image: Swansea-based collaboration leads to wave energy innovation

27/10/2017 ASTUTE 2020 News

Swansea-based collaboration leads to wave energy innovation

The EU-backed ASTUTE 2020 (Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies) operation led by Swansea University in partnership with Cardiff and Aberystwyth universities and University of Wales Trinity Saint David has collaborated with Swansea-based Marine Power Systems (MPS) to support the development of a Wave Energy Converter to address the challenge of extracting wave energy at a viable cost.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with The Aluminium Lighting Company Ltd. into the Remonte Monitoring of Lighting Columns in Service

04/10/2017 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with The Aluminium Lighting Company Ltd. into the Remonte Monitoring of Lighting Columns in Service

Continuing from successful collaborations during the 2010 –2015 funding phase of ASTUTE, ASTUTE 2020’s collaboration with ALC aimed to identify more closely how a lighting column is actually performing in real time against its predicted level of performance.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020 in collaboration with Marine Power Systems Ltd. on their clean, Reliable and Affordable Wave Power Technology

14/09/2017 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020 in collaboration with Marine Power Systems Ltd. on their clean, Reliable and Affordable Wave Power Technology

ASTUTE 2020 is working with MPS on generating suitable computational models using information supplied by MPS along with performing finite element analysis on the structure.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020 Innovative & Experimental Capabilities Showcased

13/09/2017 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020 Innovative & Experimental Capabilities Showcased

On the weekend of the 9th – 10th September, ASTUTE 2020 participated in Swansea University’s Science Festival.

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Image: Highly Commended Tidal Anchor Demonstrated at Seawork International 2017

13/09/2017 ASTUTE 2020 News

Highly Commended Tidal Anchor Demonstrated at Seawork International 2017

Divemex Ltd. were experienced in maritime industries and recognised the necessity for a new type of anchor. ASTUTE 2020’s collaboration with Divemex was to determine performance parameters with particular reference to accuracy/repeatability of launch position and embedding final position of the new anchor.

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Image: ASTUTE 2020 collaboration with Calon Cardio-Technology Ltd. will enable clinical trials in the UK's first Ventricular Assist Device

17/07/2017 ASTUTE 2020 News

ASTUTE 2020 collaboration with Calon Cardio-Technology Ltd. will enable clinical trials in the UK's first Ventricular Assist Device

Calon Cardio is developing the next generation of implantable blood pumps for the treatment of advanced chronic heart failure, the MiniVAD™, Miniature Ventricular Assist Device.

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Image: Welsh Companies can Capitalise on Academic Expertise in Industry 4.0

25/05/2017 ASTUTE 2020 News

Welsh Companies can Capitalise on Academic Expertise in Industry 4.0

Welsh companies have the opportunity to learn from the experience gained on ‘what worked’ and ‘what did not work’ during Uni-Pol’s journey to Industry 4.0 through collaboration with ASTUTE 2020.

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