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TWI-ALFED Workshop

Seminars 27 February 2020

Aluminium: Use, Re-Use and Sustainability in The Built Environment 

TWI invites you to a one day workshop on 27 February, 2020, at our headquarters near Cambridge.

In collaboration with The Aluminium Federation (ALFED), the event is an exclusive free opportunity for Industrial Members of both TWI and ALFED.

About the event

Aluminium is well known for its excellent durability, light-weighting properties and recyclability in a wide range of sectors. It is typically recognised for applications in transport, such as automotive and aerospace. It is lesser known, publicly at least, as a prime material choice in construction – from buildings and bridges to shipping, ports and other infrastructure.

The built environment is the second largest consumer of aluminium, accounting for 25% of global demand, just 2% behind transport. Annual growth of the market is currently around 2.5% and rising. This acceleration in use is driven by a number of factors, but increasingly by climate concerns and the pursuit of lower energy consumption, increased lifetime and reduced maintenance of structures.

For example, the annual global cost of corrosion is equivalent to around 3.4% of the world’s GDP ($2.5 trillion). In addition to direct costs for repair, there is a huge energy footprint in making new materials – steel, concrete, etc, for replacement.Aluminium is increasingly considered as a replacement or new build material choice across the sector, bringing with it drivers for new enabling technologies, skills, practices and standards.

Rapid growth in demand can present supply challenges for the aluminium industry, coupled with the “one off” negative environmental impact of primary aluminium production. Both of these issues can be greatly mitigated by the use of recycled aluminium instead.

These trends present considerable opportunities.

Benefits of attending

Delegates will learn from and have the chance to engage with experts from TWI, ALFED and other contributors from industry, academia and government about designing for build and sustainability. We shall discuss fabrication, joining and surface engineering solutions that can cope with dissimilar material mixes, and the need to ensure compatibility with efficient “closed loop recycling” regimes.

There will be a complementary exchange of ideas around significant opportunities emerging in “smart cities” and associated alternative energy options, including reference to new momentum in the “hydrogen economy.”

As well as presentations, networking opportunities and a tour of TWI’s facilities, attendees will be encouraged to work together interactively in helping to form ideas for future direction, focus and effort at TWI and ALFED, both individually and collectively.

The event is also a chance to engage with some of our Equipment, Consumables and Materials Members, who will offer insights into their own enabling technologies.

A full programme will be released shortly. 



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