The GW4 Alliance has invested over £2.3m in 68 collaborative research communities, which are addressing major global and industrial challenges. Explore these communities by keyword or theme.

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Advancing the State of the Art in Damage Detection in Metallic and Composite Structures

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: May – July 2014

This project has been awarded Accelerator funding for the ‘Unlocking the Science for an Autonomous Structural Health Monitoring System‘ community.

GW4 Community Leads
University of Bath: Alicia King
University of Bristol: Stephen Hallett
Cardiff University: Carol Featherston
University of Exeter: Meiling Zhu

Project outcomes
The aim of this research is to advance the state of the art in damage detection in metallic and composite structures by enabling a modular system approach utilising energy harvesting and wireless communication for industrial applications.


Algal Valorisation and Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: May – July 2014

This project has been awarded Accelerator funding for the ‘AVaRICE: Algal Valorisation & Remediation of metal Ion Contaminated Effluents‘ community.

GW4 Community Leads
University of Bath: Christopher Chuck
University of Bristol: Tom Scott
Cardiff University: Devin Sapsford
University of Exeter: Chris Bryan
Plymouth Marine LaboratoryMike Allen

Project outcomes
The overarching aim of this research strategy is to develop an algal-based system for combined remediation and valorisation of acid mine drainage (AMD) and potentially other metalliferous effluents.


Alternative Urbanisms

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 Community Leads
University of Bath: Roy Maconachie
University of Bristol: Gary Bridge
Cardiff University: Paul Milbourne
University of Exeter: Clive Barnett

Project outcomes
This project draws together researchers from social science and humanities across GW4, focusing on three overlapping aspects of the idea of ‘alternative urbanisms’:

 


Applied Volcanology @ GW4

nititator Fund

Project period: July – October 2017

GW4 community leads

University of Bristol: Dr Ryerson Christie, Dr Alison Rust, Professor Kathy Cashman
Cardiff University: Dr Wim Degruyter
University of Exeter: Dr James Hickey

Project overview

Across the GW4, we have the expertise to promote the welfare of people in DAC countries by improving their resilience to volcanic eruptions.

 


AVaRICE Algal Valorisation & Remediation of metal Ion Contaminated Effluents

Accelerator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – April 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Christopher Chuck
University of Bristol: Tom Scott
Cardiff University: Devin Sapsford
University of Exeter: Chris Bryan
Plymouth Marine Laboratory: Mike Allen

Project overview

Our aim was to investigate the use of algae native to contaminated mine sites to remove metals from acid mine drainage (AMD) and then convert the algae to biofuels.


Biomimetic Assemblies of Complex Functional Materials in Hierarchical Structures

Accelerator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – April 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Enrico Da Como
University of Bristol: Simon Hal
Cardiff University: Wolfgang Langbein
University of Exeter: David Wright

Project overview

The research programme is based on the preparation of hierarchical layered materials deposited with a new state-of-the-art facility; Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD).


Climate Extremes and Variability – Evaluating the Risks (CLEVER)

Inititator Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Nicholas Mitchell
University of Bristol: Dan Lunt
Cardiff University: Ian Hall
University of Exeter: Tim Lenton

Project overview

This project will focus on quantitatively evaluating the risks of extremes in climate and its variability.


Flexible Formwork

Inititator Fund

This project has been awarded Accelerator funding for the Prototypical Iterations in the Built Environment community.

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: John Orr
University of Bristol: John Macdonald
Cardiff University: Diane Gardner
University of Exeter: Prakash Kripakaran

Project overview

This project has developed a new GW4 community with a shared vision to change the way that all structures are designed and operated within the built environment.