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Low Carbon Vehicle Structures

Towards Affordable, Closed-Loop Recyclable Future Low Carbon Vehicle Structures

Development and manufacture of low carbon vehicles (LCVs). Vehicle lightweighting is the most effective way to improve fuel economy and to reduce CO2 emissions

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Project date: 
Thursday, December 1, 2011 to Monday, November 30, 2015
Transport, Emissions



Dr Xiaorong Zhou

Xiaorong's research is mainly associated with understanding the impact of fabrication processes as well as advanced forming and joining techniques on the performance of alloys, corrosion control of light alloys and developing novel surface engineering approaches.

Environment, Metals, Sustainability, Materials, Polymers, Corrosion


Prof George Thompson

Corrosion Science and Engineering

Green travel, Emissions, Transport, Automotives, Aerospace, Metals, Corrosion, Materials


Dr Joseph Robson

Current work involves the coupling of thermodynamic models, based on Calphad methods, to novel kinetic models, enabling the time and temperature dependence of the microstructure (particularly second phase particles) to be determined for complex industrial alloys and processes. Such an approach is being used to predict microstructure evolution and subsequent effect on properties for a range of aluminium, magnesium, and zirconium alloys during processes such as hot rolling and welding. Applications for these materials include the automotive, aerospace, and nuclear industries.

Metals, Automotives, Transport, Aerospace, Nuclear energy, Energy, Technology, Instrumentation, Electrochemistry