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Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 18, Issue 6, pp 1342–1345 | Cite as

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Virtual Factory Allows for Faster Testing of Steel Alloys

A new “virtual factory” in development by Swansea University, in partnership with Tata Steel and WMG at the University of Warwick, will allow for the developing and testing of new steel alloys up to 100 times faster.

Steel is the most widely used structural material in the world, crucial in the car industry, construction, packaging, and defense. It’s also indispensable for national infrastructure. However, developing new steel alloys can be a slow, expensive process.

Swansea University, Tata Steel, and WMG at the University of Warwick have won funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), through the Prosperity Partnership initiative, and plan to address this process.

The solution is to combine physical testing and computational modeling to assess small-scale samples. The test data can then be put into computational models and make better predictions regarding final material properties. Promising...

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