ACADEMIC EXPERTISE FOR BUSINESS (A4B)

The Collaborative Industrial Research Project (CIRP) programme aims to encourage and enable groups of companies and academic institutions to carry out collaborative industrial R&D; projects in order to:

• Increase the level of business investment in R&D; in Wales • Develop the research base in Wales by working on important industrial/business problems • More fully exploit the research base in Wales by creating new or improved products, processes and services. Ultimately this will translate into an increase in high value employment. • Stimulate the formation of long-term collaborative relationships between academia and industry to enable the process to become sustainable.

KEY CRITERIA: • Applications must be collaborative projects between the University and Welsh industry with a minimum of 2 enterprises. • Applicants must demonstrate strategic importance to Wales and potential economic impact in terms of new or improved products, processes or services registered or launched. • Applicants must demonstrate a clear project plan, risk analysis and sustainability plan. A work package to complete a final evaluation report of the project must be included within the project plan

A4B will fund up to a maximum of £300,000 of direct, attributable, eligible total project costs incurred by the academic partner(s) for a CIRP. It is expected that projects will typically last up to 36 months.

BENEFITS TO ACADEMICS AND BUSINESSES: • Enable the development of strategically important research in Wales • Relate knowledge, research and teaching to current business problems and developments • Lead rewarding innovative collaborations and develop lasting partnerships with the respective companies • Attract income that can be included in RAE submission

CASE STUDY:

Development of un-fired bricks, blocks and mortars

The key industrial problem that this project is addressing is the high energy costs in the manufacture of building components. This high cost is currently being transfered to consumers, thus indirectly affecting the Welsh building industry and economy. With clay bricks that do not require firing or concrete blocks that do not use the traditional binder – Portland Cement (PC) – for example, not only is the final pricing of the building components going to be lower, but there are also added environmental advantages of utilising industrial waste and/or by-products in the region.

This collaboration has brought together the Faculty of Advanced Technology, construction companies, R&D; Companies and building material companies.

This research focuses on the optimisation of a combination of lime and ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS) for cementation rather than Portland Cement (PC). GGBS is readily available in the South Wales region. The optimisation will ensure that the strength and durability requirements currently demanded by the building industry will be met. By using significant amounts of the less expensive GGBS (relative to PC), the cost of the ensuing products is likely to be lower than that of the PC-based components. Without firing, the cost of the lime-slag-clay formulations is likely to compete favourably with firing costs.

CONTACT:

Please Contact Alun Cox for assistance or to discuss further:

Alun Cox Knowledge Transfer Officer Commercial Services Office University of Glamorgan agcox@glam.ac.uk Tel/ FFon: +44 (0)1443 482482 Fax / FFacs: +44 (0)1443 485916 http://business.glam.ac.uk