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Sheffield Forgemasters secure funding for research project

Sheffield Forgemasters International has secured up to 50% funding from Yorkshire Forward for a GBP 2.7 million research and development project to further its hold in global power generation markets.

Due to the continuing demand for fossil fuelled power stations, SFIL has seen an increasing number of contracts secured for new super critical applications with current orders for generator and turbine rotors stretching beyond 2011.

These forgings, which typically weigh between 75 to 95 tonnes, have to meet very specified and refined standards to operate in extremely high temperatures with SFIL leading the technological advances in this type of manufacture.

Yorkshire Forward has approved a grant of up to half the project cost to help fund the technological development of these components at its newly created research and development facility at SFIL’s Brightside Lane base in Sheffield.

The two phase project, with funding matched by SFIL, will focus on the cleanliness of the steelmaking process through innovative technology plus research and development into ingots and forging, opening up access to markets valued in excess of GBP 200 million per year.

Dr Jesus Talamantes Silva, who has just been promoted to Group Research and Development Director at Forgemasters, said that “The process will enable us to produce a much higher consistency of finished product which will result in greater manufacturing efficiency. The company is also seeking improved gas consumption and press efficiency during the forging process.” [Read More]