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EP/G059489/1 - Thermal Management in Polymer Processing

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Professor E Harkin-Jones EP/G059489/1 - Thermal Management in Polymer Processing

Principal Investigator - Sch Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen's University of Belfast

Other Investigators

Professor K Li, Co InvestigatorProfessor K Li

Professor M Price, Co InvestigatorProfessor M Price

Scheme

Standard Research

Research Areas

Conventional Generation & Combustion Conventional Generation & Combustion

Energy Efficiency (End use Energy Demand) Energy Efficiency (End use Energy Demand)

Process Systems: Components and Integration Process Systems: Components and Integration

Collaborators

TSM Control Systems TSM Control Systems

Tangram Technology Ltd Tangram Technology Ltd

Brett Martin Ltd Brett Martin Ltd

All-Island Polymer & Plastic Network All-Island Polymer & Plastic Network

Related Grants

EP/G059330/1

Start Date

03/2010

End Date

03/2013

Value

£424,868

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Summary and Description of the grant

The U.K is one of the top 5 plastics processing countries in Europe with a turnover of 19 billion accounting for 2.1% of GDP (equivalent to the metals industry). The industry is made up of 7,400 companies falling mainly into the SME category.The sector is growing year on year as more traditional materials are being replaced by plastics, for example, in the construction industry a 6 million tonnes usage in 2004 is projected to grow to 8 million tonnes in 2010 while in the automotive industry the typical car now contains 10% plastic by weight. For a typical UK plastics company the electricity bill is usually between 1 and 3% of turnover, which amounts to 380 million per annum for the UK (this is only electricity costs - 80% of polymer processors in the UK use both electricity and gas). A reduction in electricity usage of 10% would result in savings of 38 million per annum and a significant reduction in environmental burden. There are many areas in a typical polymer processing plant where energy use could be reduced. A prime example is in the extrusion area where machines running at non-optimised conditions and without proper control systems in place can account for 15-20% of overall process energy losses. The cooling of polymer parts is also a prime area for consideration with chiller systems running at non-optimised temperatures and flow rates. It is evident from the figures for the polymer industry that there is a need to improve energy efficiency within the industry but for any energy management system to be effective measures must be taken to optimise the whole plant and not just isolated pieces of equipment. For this reason, this proposal will apply a whole systems approach to attaining energy efficiency within the polymer processing industry by developing a software based, Energy Management Tool (EMT). This approach will be complemented by the development of process monitoring and control technologies to optimise energy use in extrusion.

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Grant Event Details:
Name: Thermal Management in Polymer Processing - EP/G059489/1
Start Date: 2010-03-31T00:00:00+00:00
End Date: 2013-03-30T00:00:00+00:00

Organization: Queen's University of Belfast

Description: The U.K is one of the top 5 plastics processing countries in Europe with a turnover of 19 billion accounting for 2.1% of GDP (equivalent to the metals industry). The industry is made up of 7,400 companies falling mainly into the SME category.The sector is ...