News, Events and Case Studies
News, Events and Case Studies
UWTSD has announced plans for two major new developments, the Waterfront Innovation Quarter and Canolfan S4C yr Egin.
Plans to create a vibrant Waterfront Innovation Quarter situated in SA1 in Swansea are underway. The Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter will be made up of purpose-build facilities for learning, teaching and applied research as well as social, leisure and recreation spaces. You can click through to the SA1 Swansea Waterfront pages to find out more information.
Canolfan S4C yr Egin is the name of the Centre that will be home to S4C's headquarters in Carmarthen as well as a range of creative industries and community groups co-locating with the Channel within an iconic and sustainable building. You can click through to the Canolfan S4C Yr Egin pages to find out more information.
UWTSD has a long established reputation for supporting businesses, providing access to a wide range of academic expertise and resources. Listed below are just a few examples of how we support organisations across a variety of business sectors.
HOS Civils Ltd has expanded to become one of the largest formwork contractors in the Wales and West region, specialising in civil engineering and formwork throughout the UK. HOS approached the University for assistance with developing an approach to designing and making custom-made moulds for large-scale in-situ concrete casting.
After an initial scoping session, HOS were able to qualify for a six month funded R&D collaboration through the ISD project, which allowed the company to work intensively with specialist design and technical staff from the University.
The aims and objectives of the project were agreed, with the commercial needs of the company in mind. The project addressed different approaches to design and CAD modelling as well as different materials and processes for the production of the moulds, An important aspect of the R&D collaboration was the transfer of knowledge to enable HOS to develop and make use of research findings.
The success of the project enabled HOS to apply the project outcomes on a large scale 'live' project at Barry Island sea front, working with local subcontractors for elements of the production process. By fabricating locally, the company were able to design the moulds to correct scale and ratio for the contract thus avoiding waste and ensuring continuity of the tiled pattern throughout. The bespoke nature of the design process enabled a more personal approach, with the design drawing upon geological features of the surrounding landscape.
The new products have contributed to a growth of business for HOS with the creation of the new jobs. The company is in the process of setting up a new division entitled 'Tessleform' to design, manufacture and supply mould liners for concrete casting.
Following the funded R&D phase of work, HOS continue to work with the University. The company has commissioned contract R&D and design and prototyping work to further develop the range of its 'Tessleform' division.
Promove are a British design and manufacturing company specialising in assistive living devices and their products are used across the world by thousands of disabled individuals, schools / colleges, the emergency services and airports. Promove UK Ltd approached the University to provide support in developing two orthotic assistive devices primarily for use by muscular dystrophy sufferers.
After an initial scoping session with Promove UK, The University outlined a 12 month collaborative R&D agreement through the ISD project in which specialist researchers and designers from the University were able to work intensively with the company. This offered support to Promove in the form of collecting research data, concept development and CAD modelling, prototyping, FEA & physical testing and detailed design and design for manufacture.
As a result of the successful collaboration, Promove UK Ltd were able to develop two new products for market and continue to work with the University. A refined process is now being developed with the University to reduce the manufacturing time and limit the amount of work needed to be done.
"The University of Wales Trinity Saint David through initiatives like ISD has equipment and the staff with the skill sets that we do not have at Promove UK. Our collaborative programme therefore allows us to expand into a new and exciting product development that would otherwise be beyond our capabilities".
Dr. Huw Thomas, Managing Director, Promove UK
Silverwing is the leading specialist Non Destructive Testing inspection equipment provider for storage tanks, vessels and pipe work within the oil, gas and petro-chemical industries. Through a collaboration with UWTSD, Silverwing were able to undertake FEA electromagnetic simulations to optimise permanent magnetic geometries and provide simulated signals for magnetic field/defect interactions for evaluation and analysis.
Silverwings Floormap3D with STARS technology is the highest performance Magnetic Flux Leakage (MFL) storage tank inspection system on the market today. Building on over 20 years experience and the best selling FloormapVS2i, Silverwing has developed top and bottom defect discrimination using surface topology air-gap reluctance sensors (STARS), enabling tank engineers to determine the optimum repair strategy and improve remaining life assessment (RLA) & risk based inspection (RBI) maintenance programs.
“The programme has helped Silverwing maintain leadership in inspection of storage tank floors. Through this collaboration, magnetic FEA simulations have provided valuable guidance to the product development team. The knowledge gained through this work has been used to develop techniques to improve the presentation of data on Silverwings flagship tank floor scanner. This is also likely to guide new product development that involves inspection using magnetics and classification of corrosion”
Neil Pearson, Development Manager, Silverwing UK
Knauf Insulation is the only UK manufacturer of glass mineral wool, rock mineral wool and extruded polystyrene insulation products. The company were having difficulties in running their production line at higher speeds leading to weld joint failures on conveyor belt slats.
After an initial scoping session Knauf and UWTSD developed a collaborative programme of research and development which utilised specialist staff from within UWTSD to provide a radiographic investigation of the welded joints. Component samples (sound and failed) were supplied by Knauf and the outcome of the investigation led to further discussion with regard to the evaluation of suggested alternate welding techniques.
Knauf have a new conveyor system installed and running which has allowed them to achieve their aimed increase in productivity.
Stenor, based in Swansea’s SA1, was established in 2003 and has become a leading construction/demolition waste removal and recycling service provider in the Swansea area. The company were keen to explore opportunities to expand their business and carry out in house testing.
UWTSD has extensive research and expertise in the areas of sustainability, waste management, materials testing and the new technologies currently challenging the ‘norm’ in these fields. Stenor Environmental Services Ltd and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) were able to work in partnership exploring the future of large-scale construction waste removal and recycling.
The company engaged in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), one of Europe’s leading funded programmes with UWTSD which drew on the expertise in the University to improve the company’s competitiveness, productivity and performance.
Through this exciting collaboration with UWTSD, Stenor were able to tap into the resources of the University and explore the development of a new testing facility. Stenor are working with the University not only to improve their business by carrying out their own in-house testing but are also looking at the development of new product lines through research and testing with long term plans to develop a centre of excellence as part of UWTSDs SA1 development.
“Working with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David will make a huge difference to our company, giving us the confidence to innovate and go after new markets. We understand the importance of involving academics in the development and growth of our business.”
Steve Norman, Managing Director, Stenor Environmental Services
"The KTP with Stenor will be mutually beneficial. As well as supporting the company's commercial ambitions, the partnership will allow UWTSD to enhance its research and understanding in this field".
Dr Tony Thomas, UWTSD Academic Expert
Cerebra is a national charity dedicated to helping children with neurological conditions. The charity is often approached through its network by parents and caerers to help source or provide specialist products for children to help in their everyday lives. Through market research, the charity could often not find standard products that were suitable or safe to assist the charity's children.
Through collaboration with UWTSD, a Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) was established utilising product design specialists from the University in partnership with the charity. The CIC was able to design, develop, prototype and distribute products specifically to meet the needs of the charity's members.
The successful partnership has seen the centre grow and expand over the last nine years with recent products being commercialised in collaboration with third party manufacturers under licensing agreements which has increased revenue for further research for the charity and University. Currently the charity and the centre license products worldwide with many more in development.