Blue Skies, Green Future webinar series: Can digitalisation change the way we think about and use materials?
15th March 2022, 11:00-12:00
Materials Made Smarter: can digitalisation change the way think about and use materials?
The UK’s ability to manufacture advanced materials underpins our ambitions to move towards cleaner growth and a more resource efficient economy. Innovation towards a net zero-carbon economy needs new materials with enhanced properties, performance and functionality and new processing technologies, with enhanced manufacturing capability, to make and deliver economic and societal benefit to the UK. However, significant technological challenges must still be overcome before we can benefit fully from the transformative technical and environmental benefits that new materials and manufacturing processes may bring. Our capacity to monitor and control material properties both during manufacture and through into service affect our ability to deliver a tailored and guaranteed performance that is ‘right-first-time’ and limit capacity to manage materials as assets through their lifetime. This reduces materials to the status of a commodity – a status which is both undeserved and unsustainable. Future materials intensive manufacturing needs to add greater value to the materials we use, be that through reduction of environmental impact, extension of product life or via enhanced functionality. Digitalisation of the materials thread can help to enhance their value by developing the tools and means to certify, monitor and control materials in-process and in-service improving productivity and stimulating new business models – and this webinar will explore thesis ideas and discuss possible ways forward in developing a digital, sustainable future for Materials Intensive Manufacturing.
Published: February 23rd, 2022
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