The Aluminium Federation has welcomed its latest member, BCAST.
BCAST is an academic research centre on the campus of Brunel University, focusing on the solidification of metallic materials. Established in 2002, it is one of the world’s strongest solidification research groups, now comprising over 70 academics, research fellows, postgraduate researchers, technicians and administrative staff.
“We have had contact with BCAST since its launch, and joining ALFED guarantees an even closer working relationship in future,” said Aluminium Federation President Giles Ashmead. “Casting in aluminium is a rapidly developing area, and ALFED members such as Innoval Technology, Constellium and JLR are already working with BCAST.”
BCAST’s Professor Geoff Scamans said: “The Aluminium Federation is interested in novel technology that has the potential to make a step change in the casting of aluminium alloys, and their ability to be processed into high-performance castings and wrought products – particularly if this can be achieved with recycled metal.
“The melt conditioning technology developed by BCAST has major potential for exploitation by the UK aluminium industry to provide closed-loop recycled, high-performance, low-cost castings, extrusions and sheet for applications such as lightweight automotive bodies. There is a natural synergy between the interests of ALFED and the technological advances made by BCAST, making it highly appropriate that BCAST should become members of ALFED.”