UK researchers aim to scale-up a microwave system to treat oil-contaminated waste from fossil fuel exploration on and offshore. The technology is said to be more energy efficient and cost effective than existing thermal desorption methods, as well as providing a small, portable and modular system suitable for in situ activity on offshore rigs.
Engineering a facility to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from ambient air could help in the battle against global warming. Professor David Keith of the University of Calgary, Canada, aims to enable absorption of CO2 emissions from sources such as aircraft and automotives.
Multi-scale mathematical and computer modelling could eliminate the existing ‘trial and error’ approach to sintering ceramic parts, say researchers at the University of Leicester, UK. This may help ensure the integrity and quality of components during manufacture, saving money and reducing waste.
The UK’s first National Subject Profile for Higher Education Programmes in Materials was
launched in 2008. In the last of a series of articles, the team behind it considers the views
of recent graduates on course content and how well it equipped them for a career in industry.
A quarter of a billion pounds is to be invested by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in training scientists and engineers to strengthen Britain’s economy and tackle issues such as climate change and energy use.
Australian company Linc Energy Ltd has announced the first production of diesel from its demonstration coal to liquid (CTL) facility at Chinchilla, Queensland. The firm claims this is the first time underground coal gasification has been combined with CTL, reducing the cost and lifecycle carbon emissions of the fuel.
The European conformity standard (CE mark) for the design, fabrication and erection of structural steelwork will be introduced to the UK in August 2009. The BS EN 1090 Part 1 outlines what systems
steelwork contractors need to put in place to ensure the health and safety levels, as well as quality, of their finished products. Meagan Ellis reports
Despite laws to prevent sexual discrimination in the workplace, women still face gender stereotyping. Nowhere is this more evident than in the scientific arena. The team at the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science and Engineering reports
The UK's Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) represent employers of 85% of the UK’s workforce. Each SSC offers training and qualifications to improve productivity and business performance through skills development and reducing related gaps and shortages.