Improving the oxidation resistance of carbon-containing refractory bricks and the wettability of castables is the focus of research at the University of Sheffield, UK. This could enhance furnace lining life and performance to benefit the metallurgical processing industries.
Water-efficient technology has vast potential and the associated tax relief can help manufacturers boost their bottom line. Water specialist Claire Sweeney, at UK sustainable business programme Envirowise, reports
The UK Carbon Reduction Commitment kicks in from April 2010. Alessandra McConville, Environmental Programmes Leader at EEF, the manufacturer’s organisation, provides guidance on the process of compliance.
Rochelle O’Hara from Queens University, Northern Ireland, has won this year's Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition with a presentation covering the development of an injectable medical material for spinal repair.
As part of the Progress Report on the Strategy for Sustainable Construction the Government and industry have revealed the achievements made so far on their commitments to change radically the way the UK construction industry designs and builds.
At the meeting of the Strategic Forum for Construction, Peter Mandelson announced that he was commissioning a review of the construction industry to ensure it was "fit for purpose" for delivering a low carbon future.