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Wednesday, 14 January 2009

7 Tips for Materials Sustainability and The Environment

The 7 Tips are:

1. Understand terminology and legislation, which is currently evolving in this area.

2. Choose the most appropriate methods for waste management, with social / economic / ecological justification.

3. Use life cycle assessment principles as a basis for environmental auditing, to calculate an “index of merit” for waste management options.

4. Choose appropriate methods of recycling for products and components not commonly recycled. e.g. using non-melt processing methods.

5. Outline the likely changes to material’s properties from different recycling methods.

6. Confidently discuss and identify requirements with suppliers, customers and workplace colleagues.

7. Demonstrate the ability to think laterally and solve new problems in this subject area, through the theory and case studies taught and mini-projects.

These 7 tips are echoed for their general applicability and are taken from the proposed 1 week course "Materials Sustainability and The Environment - A Materials for Industry Short Course" to be held at Loughborough University, 16 th to 20 th February 2009 .

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Good morning, I came in this morning. Hopefully this will bring happiness to you
I like your blogs.. can explain alloyed name C and Fe and Cr 0,001%, and Mn 1,235%? Nice Phase Diagram...

James Alexander said...

Thanks for your comment.
Steel is by definition an Fe-C alloy. Cast Irons are Fe-C alloys also, with Carbon levels >2%C and around the the eutectic pt 4.3% cf the Fe-C diagramme in my blog.
0.001% Cr(chromium)is a trace level so ignore it. As you can see, the level of Carbon is an important factor to define the grade of steel. I guessed you mean low C steel Mn(1.23%) 1.10-1.35 say These correspond to AISI 1116 or 1117 etc.
Best regards.

L. Venkata Subramaniam said...

It is not clear what materials sustainability means here. I am sure it must be a well known term to experts but could you explain what you mean?

Do you mean we are losing our natural elements and need a way of increasing their utility and life?

High Purity Cr sources for Superalloys

Energy for th Future:Phil.Trans.A-Vol. 365, N° 1853 / April 15, 2007, curtesy The Royal Soc. London

Engineered foams and porous materials: Phil Trans A. Vol 364, N° 1838 / 06 curtesy_The R Soc. Lond