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Featured Case Studies

Mimicking Diesel Soot to Reduce Engine Wear

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Fuel combustion in diesel engines leads to the production of nitrogen oxides (NOx) which are harmful to the environment. Retarding the fuel injection timing and recirculating the exhaust gas back into the engine reduces overall NOx emissions, however, this can also lead to the formation of diesel soot particles within the engine oil. Excessive build up of soot in engine oil accelerates engine wear, ultimately leading to lower fuel efficiency and premature engine failure.


Spectroscopic studies on anticancer therapy gallium

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Gallium (Ga) based salts show very promising anticancer properties. However, the maindrawbacks of therapy with Ga salts is the need for slow, long-term infusion to avoid the toxicities associated with high plasma levels of Ga, and the poor bioavailability when the drug is dosed via the oral route.


Look but don’t touch; non-invasive analysis of ILW containment

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Uranium (U) metal, attached to Magnox cladding and removed from spent fuel prior to reprocessing, is a key component of the UK’s intermediate level waste (ILW). It is encapsulated in grout and sealed within stainless steel canisters in preparation for interim storage and eventual disposal. Understanding corrosion processes that may occur in these U-containing waste canisters is critical to ensuring the safe long term containment of this ILW (>100 years).


Stresses in steel during manufacturing

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The automotive industry typically uses steel sheets for the bodywork of cars which is cut to the size of the part (i.e. roof, door or bonnet) and then stamped into the precise shape required. Although steel is a commonly-used material, the exact behaviour of the metal’s crystalline structure during these forming processes has yet to be fully mapped. By understanding how the ‘steel crystals’ react when undergoing stamping, new alloys could be created that offer greater flexibility and strength which might allow more complex shapes to be formed.


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