Upcoming TFI Network+ events

TFI Network+ events:

Realistic approaches to reducing CO2 emissions from cement and concrete – 27th October

Professor Karen Scrivener explores practical solutions for reducing CO2 emissions within cement and concrete sectors


Transforming Foundation Industries Conference: Sensors, Controls and Digitalisation – Monday 18th October


TFI Network+ has teamed up with the TransFIRe hub and KTN for a series of conferences exploring major themes in the Foundation Industries. On the 18th October, TFI Network+ will host a conference exploring sensors, controls and digitalisation within the Foundation Industries

Radical Acts Exhibition – Harewood House 2022

Next March, Harewood House near Leeds will stage an exhibition entitled ‘Radical Acts’ that will highlight the work of 15 crafts people and companies whose work demonstrates a responsible approach to the use of material and an environmentally or socially conscious agenda. The exhibition is the 2nd of a Biennial series which will continue Harewood’s rich heritage of supporting and commissioning outstanding craft.

The designers of the exhibition, Jones Neville, have chosen to use aluminium as the sole material for the exhibition display furniture and interpretation panels. A key factor behind this decision is the recyclability of aluminium, it’s suitability for internal and external use. Although the public’s perception of aluminium may be that it’s an industrial, energy intensive material and not necessarily one that would typically be considered a ‘green’ material, the exhibition aims to show it can be a very sustainable material with an already well established recycling and reprocessing network.

After the exhibition is over, all of the aluminium used would go back to a reprocessing merchant as scrap material and re-enter the aluminium production stream once again. The aim is to minimise waste going to landfill as a result of the exhibition design. This circular process is something that would be explicitly highlighted as part of the exhibition design and aluminium will be one of the varied collection of materials that the visiting public will encounter during their visit (others include: hemp panels, corn husk tiles, coppiced timber, organic textiles etc…).

The exhibition team are looking to partner with an Aluminium sheet supplier and a reprocessing company to work with on this project.
They are seeking sponsorship of small quantities of aluminium sheet for the exhibition infrastructure, and the loan of a bale of crushed recycled aluminium for use as an exhibit within the exhibition.

If any ALFED members would be interested in being involved please email the exhibition designers Jones Neville Ltd on mail@jonesneville.co.uk or call on 020 39838355.

More information about Harewood House can be found on their website. https://harewood.org

The first Biennial exhibition of this series in 2019 was called Useful Beautiful and partnered with paper supplier GF Smith for the exhibition displays. https://www.jonesneville.co.uk/useful-beautiful-harewood-house

Introducing EMR’s ‘Decarbonising Our Business’ webinar series

With the COP26 summit taking place in Glasgow from the 1st to 12th November, EMR will share its plans to decarbonise the different functions within its business. Offering an insight into the progress that has been made since EMR launched its ‘Decade of Action’ commitment and its plans for the future, we will offer the following webinars:

  • September 30th 2021: Logistics – Transporting materials in a carbon neutral way
  • October 5th 2021: Operations – Mechanically processing materials and moving them on site
  • October 12th 2021: Commercial – Supporting our customers to become net-zero

We would like to invite you and your colleagues to sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/emr-17643879617

REMINDER: Downstream User Import Notifications (DUINs) are required by 27 October 2021

The DUIN process enables existing supply chains to continue and allows businesses time to determine how best to comply with the registration obligations under UK REACH.

However, to keep the chemical substances in their supply chains on the UK market, businesses need to make sure that the relevant substances are  eventually registered for UK REACH purposes.

You will be able to make use of this notification provision if you:

  • Have acquired importer obligations under UK REACH as a previous downstream user or distributor of a substance covered by an EU-based registration, or
  • you were previously covered by an Only Representative in the EU/EEA you are able to make use of this notification provision to ensure continuity of supply.

Downstream users can notify the HSE of their intention to continue importing substances from the EU or EEA by 27 October 2021 using a Downstream User Import Notification (DUIN).

HSE Guide: Working safely with metalworking fluids

This HSE guide aims to help employees who work with metalworking fluids understand the main risks to their health. It contains general advice on the precautions which you and your employer can take to avoid these risks.

Download a copy: HSE Guide – Working safely with metalworking fluids

Friction Joining to Reduce Aluminium Alloy Stress Corrosion

Aluminium alloys in the 5xxx series of Al-Mg alloys are readily weldable and have good corrosion resistance in marine environments but, the higher magnesium content means that cold work and ageing can make it sensitive to stress corrosion cracking (SCC).

Alloy 5083 doesn’t require coating for use in marine conditions, provided it is not sensitised to corrosion. Friction Joining to Reduce Aluminium Alloy Stress Corrosion

A study was undertaken to assess the performance of both MIG and electron beam welds in alloy 5454, which contains 2.6% magnesium, and in alloy 5083, which contains 4.6% magnesium. The MIG welds used consumables with different magnesium contents while the electron beam welds were autogenous. Some of the material samples were heat treated before all were tested for SCC as u-bend specimens in 3% sodium chloride, to mimic submersion in seawater.

Localised corrosion was found in the MIG welded aluminium alloy grades related to segregation of magnesium to the weld toe. Stress corrosion was found in the sensitised 5454 welds that had filler wire containing over 3.7% magnesium, but not in the heat affected zone (HAZ), sensitised plate or weld metals with less than 2.8% magnesium. Stress corrosion was also not found in the unsensitised specimens. The 5454 alloy also showed weld metal pitting in all of the MIG welds where the magnesium content was more than the plate material‘s 2.6%.

The 5083 alloy used a matching consumable (with 4.8% magnesium). SCC was found to occur in the sensitised MIG weld metal and HAZ, but not in the unsensitised weld metal or in the electron beam weld metal or HAZ.

As a result of these tests, it was determined that sensitised 5083 should not be used in conditions that could lead to stress corrosion, but 5454 could be used if welded autogenously or with a matching filler metal.

Friction stir welding (FSW), invented at TWI in 1991, has seen significant developments in the ensuing years and is now commercially used to weld aluminium alloys in industries including shipbuilding. FSW has revolutionised how ships can now be built from prefabricated modules without corrosion to the weldments in alloys used by the shipping industry (such as 5xxx and 6xxx series).

When these FSW welds in 5xxx and 6xxx series alloys were compared to TIG welds, they were found to perform as well or better. SCC was found in anodically polarised slow strain rate tests, but this was under severe conditions and no such susceptibility was found in u-bend specimens.

Launch of Industrial Energy Transformation Fund Phase 2 Autumn (application deadline 06/12/21)

Phase 2 Autumn of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) was launched on Wednesday 22 September (deadline for funding applications is 6 December 2021).

Funding will be allocated across three strands:

  • Studies: feasibility (£7mn max per project) and engineering (£14mn max per project) studies to enable companies to investigate identified energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects prior to making an investment decision.
  • Energy efficiency: deployment of technologies to reduce industrial energy consumption (£14mn max per project)
  • Deep decarbonisation: deployment of technologies to achieve industrial emissions savings (£30mn max per project)

Further details, including guidance and a draft funding agreement, can be found on the gov.uk website here.