The collaborative team have received £5m of joint funding from the EPSRC and BP to investigate the processes that cause surface degradation and to develop new strategies to mitigate them.
Professor Withers added: “By harnessing the latest advances in computer modelling, atomic level in-situ experimental techniques and in-operando imaging and characterisation; this programme will focus on understanding corrosion scales and localised corrosion. Simply put, we aim to decipher the fundamental mechanisms that cause corrosion so that we can combat it more effectively in the future.”
The funding award is part of the EPSRC’s ‘Prosperity Partnerships’ scheme which aims to support existing, strategic, research-based collaborations between business and universities. The Prosperity Partnerships initiative is part of the Government’s wider Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund which, overall, has supported ten successful partnerships involving 17 universities and over 30 industrial partners.
Dr Angelo Amorelli, BP’s Technology Vice President of Group Research said: “BP has identified surface degradation as a high priority area for future research, so we are delighted to have been awarded funding by the EPSRC to address the problems of corrosion and wear in one large collaborative project. We hope to extend the safe operational lifetimes of current materials and develop new materials which will ultimately be of great benefit to multiple industrial sectors.”
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