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Information for industry

Chemical & Process Engineering at Strathclyde has strong links with industry, particularly through our distance learning programmes and students placements, but we’re always ready to do more.

We’re particularly interested in talking to companies to find out what they’d like from a university department like ours.

Some of the ways we’re already working with industry are highlighted below:

Consultancy

Our department offers consultancy services that connect your organisation with relevant academic expertise. Our academic consultants can give you a deeper understanding of the technical and business challenges you face and help you to find new ways to overcome them.

We offer you access to expertise and equipment which may not be available within your organisation. You will also benefit from greater understanding based on the latest advances in research, expert attention focused on your technical challenges, and the opportunity to grow your network and establish new partnerships.

Our consultancy services include:

  • expert opinion
  • technical and professional advice
  • research conducted specifically for your business
  • access to innovative new technology
  • access to talented Chemical and Process Engineering students and graduates via industrial placements or summer projects

We have a wide range of expertise within the department, including several members of staff with chemistry and physics backgrounds, and can tackle most process engineering related problems.

Among our areas of expertise are:

  • heat transfer; measurement of low rate flows; measurement of adsorption
  • characterisation of nanoporous materials, i.e. pore size distribution/estimation
  • flow of slurries, high concentration suspensions, powders
  • jamming and plugging e.g. in powder flows, grains (hoppers etc.), suspension flows, multiphase systems such as foods, cosmetics, pharmaceutical powders/products
  • granulation
  • particle transport
  • biomass fuel characterisation and thermal conversion performance analysis
  • colloidal phase behaviour, kinetics, structure, dynamics, including computer modelling
  • drying of particulates and suspensions
  • analysis of optical imaging e.g. for structure, kinetics, flow
  • complex flows e.g. in channels, squeezing/extensional flow
  • process control and dynamic modelling: configuration of SCADA systems; configuration and tuning of loops; configuration and tuning of advanced loops (feed forward, cascade, override, etc.)
  • PLC configuration; PLC programming; modelling of dynamic process systems with ASPEN and block-oriented (SIMULINK and VISSIM) languages
  • support of innovation: help in finding funds; preparation of applications for grants and awards
  • help with technical and economic presentations

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)

KTP is a government scheme designed to develop partnerships between universities and industry.

A KTP involves the recruitment of one or more associates, who are employed by the university but work full time with the industrial partner. The project is jointly supervised by the academic and industrial managers.

KTP projects have a high flexibility and can take between six and 36 months. KTP projects are available to all UK organisations of all sizes.

Benefits for business

  • business capacity and capability development to innovate more
  • staff training
  • access to qualified people to spearhead new projects
  • creation of new job opportunities
  • increase of annual profit before tax
  • increase of competitive advantage
  • initiation of research project
  • strategic relationship development with university

Benefits for academia

  • industry-relevant teaching material development
  • identification of new research themes
  • contribution to Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise
  • strategic relationship development with companies from various industries
  • opportunity for researchers in their early career to gain supervision experience
  • academic knowledge and expertise application to business problems

KTP funding

The main sponsor of the KTP scheme is Innovate UK, the UK’s national innovation agency. Each KTP project is sponsored by the participating business with the TSB often acting as co-sponsor with other public sector agencies.

Our Current KTPs

Chemical and Process Engineering Department at the University of Strathclyde has run several very successful KTPs over the years, and Department is very keen to get involved with more. Our current KTPs include the National Nuclear Laboratory and AWL.

 

Find out more about how to get involved in a KTP programme.

 

Contract research

Need to do some research, but lack the facilities and skills? Contract research can be a cost effective solution in this case.

We have laboratory facilities, equipment and expertise that would be very expensive to buy/recruit, but which can be made available to you at a reasonable cost.

Sponsored research

We're increasing the amount of Government-sponsored research that we do, and we would welcome co-sponsorship from industry.

Visit our research pages to find out more about the sort of work that is taking place.