Research Thesis Topic
Sustainable use of Engineering Materials
Engineering materials are used in a wide range of applications. They include metals such as steel and aluminium, concrete, asphalt, fibre composites and plastics. The continued production of new materials is, however, contributing to ongoing greenhouse gas emissions, natural resource shortages, energy demand, use of toxic chemicals in the manufacturing process and waste. An option is to better use engineering materials. For example, a number of engineering materials, such as steel and concrete, can be successfully recycled or reused. There are many opportunities for research in the improved use and recycling of engineering materials, including smart design processes to more closely match material designs to the product life cycle, development of alternative materials, and the use of lean production and construction activities to improve the production process and reduce waste. Such research would be expected to make a positive impact on sustainable engineering practices.
- Centre for Future Materials
- School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
- Environmental Engineering
- Interdisciplinary Engineering
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