BAKING THE CARBON CAKE Homogenisation Applied to the Electrical Calcination of Carbon Materials

By Caoimhe Rooney The metallurgy industry is a gold-mine for mathematical treasures, from partial differential equation models describing crust formation (which notoriously hinders furnace operation), to population balance equations explaining the formation and growth of microsilica particles (which impacts the performance of composite materials). Through the collaboration of the University of Oxford and Norwegian companies […]

A Critical Analysis of Cereal Extrusion

Michael McPhail A number of popular cereal products are made using a manufacturing process known as extrusion. There is a stage during this process in which some of the liquid component of the cereal mixture changes phase into a gas. The subsequent evolution of gas will affect the thermodynamic and rheological properties of the mixture. […]

Silicon Anodes in Lithium-ion Batteries

By Ian Roper Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are used in mobile phones, laptops and electronic vehicles and thus make up a large proportion of the energy storage industry. The performance of an LIB depends heavily on the materials used for the anode and the cathode. Graphite has been the industry’s most common anode material for a […]