MEDOW Open Day and Energy Exhibition

An 'Energy & Environment' exhibition is being held by the MEDOW project on Friday 8th July in The Forum.

International BIM Symposium – bridging BIM research with BIM policy making and industry implementation

Building Information Modelling (BIM) maps the characteristics and capabilities of a wide range of structures. On 21-22 June, experts in the field discuss bridging research with policy making and industry implementation.

Talented Women for a Successful Wales: Sharing the findings and recommendations of the report on women in STEM-related study and careers

Professor Karen Holford FREng and Dr Sophie Buchaillard look at the progress made in encouraging female participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics-based study and industry.

Carbon Capture and Storage – Climate-Friendly Fossil Fuel?

In this lecture, Dr Mark Wilkinson, from the University of Edinburgh, will give an overview on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and its applications.

Synthesis, Assembly and Processing of TiO2 Nanomaterials and Thin Layers in Application to 3rd Generation Photovoltaics

Dr. Cecile Charbonneau will lead this seminar at 17.30 on Tuesday, 15th March 2016 at Cardiff University School of Engineering, Central Building, 14-17, The Parade, CF24 3AA, room C1.10/11.

Soil-bentonite Slurry Trench Cutoff Walls for Containment of Subsurface Pollution & Behaviours of High-Kitchen-Waste-Content MSW Landfills

You are invited to attend the following E & E seminar:

Dr Yu-Chao Li

Associate Professor in Geotechnical Engineering, Zhejiang University
Soil-bentonite Slurry Trench Cutoff Walls for Containment of Subsurface Pollution & Behaviours of High-Kitchen-Waste-Content MSW Landfills
Tuesday 10th November 2015, Room C1.09 12:30pm 


Dr. Yu-Chao Li, Associate Professor in geotechnical engineering, Zhejiang University, (Engineering Dept 4th place in the latest ESI table of ISI).  He gained BSc and PhD degrees at Zhejiang University in 2000 and 2006, respectively.  After that he joined Geoenvironmental Research Centre, Cardiff University as a postdoctoral research associate working on coupled modelling of freezing and thawing soils and chemical transport in soils.  He became a staff of the institute of geotechnical engineering, Zhejiang University, in 2010.  Dr. Li’s research interests include containment of subsurface pollution, coupled modelling of soil materials, and municipal solid waste landfilling.  


Soil-bentonite Slurry Trench Cutoff Walls for Containment of Subsurface Pollution
Soil and groundwater are seriously contaminated in many regions of China because of poor industrial/agricultural planning and inadequate pollution management in the past decades.  16.1% of the investigated soil quality points across the country is lower than the assessment standard, and 61.7% of groundwater monitoring points in the 4896 cites are at the poor or very poor level.  Low hydraulic conductivity can be achieved by mixing coarse-grained soils with sodium bentonite (typical dry bentonite content of 3~6%).  Slurry trench cut-off walls with soil–bentonite (SB) as backfills are commonly constructed to contain subsurface contamination as part of a remediation strategy for contaminated sites, particularly in the United States.  In this talk, the research work conducted by the Zhejiang University team on SB cutoff walls will be presented.  It includes: (i) the properties of bentonites and SB; (ii) design considerations of SB cutoff walls; and (iii) a large-scale SB cutoff wall model test.  Our efforts are to push forward the application of SB cutoff walls in massive projects of subsurface pollution containment in China.
Behaviours of High-Kitchen-Waste-Content MSW Landfills
In China, the generation of MSW is nearly 240 million tons/year in the 2010s with an increasing rate of 8-10% annually.  76.7% of the managed MSW are disposed in ~1000 sanitary MSW landfills and 10 thousands of dumping sites across the country.  The fresh Chinese MSW contains much higher food waste content than those of the UK and USA.  A great amount of volatile fatty acids are generated at the early period of degradation as a result of the rapid hydrolysis of the food wastes.  VFA accumulation is prone to cause leachate acidification and inhibit further degradation of the placed MSW.  The Chinese MSW also has a high initial moisture content (40-60% by wet mass), and the leachate generation is usually one third of the initial weight of the placed MSWs.  This makes many Chinese landfills ‘very wet’, instead of a ‘dry tomb’, and with a complicated leachate pattern.  In this talk, the MSW degradation process and its impacts on MSW’s engineering properties is firstly presented; a BCHM model is then used to investigate the coupled behaviours in MSW landfills; and finally the features of high-kitchen-waste-content MSW landfills are summarized.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Composites, but not as we know them!

21 October 2015, 18:00-20:00

Location: School of Engineering, room: central 1.09-1.11

About this event

Alastair Clarke is a Lecturer in Tribology and Applied Mechanics at the Cardiff School of Engineering. He has research interests in elastohydrodynamic lubrication, wear testing, plain bearings, and damage detection in power transmission gearboxes. He works widely with industry, including a leading Formula 1 team, SKF, David Brown Gear Systems, NASA/US Army, Biomet and also receives funding from the EU and EPSRC.

This talk will cover a brief introduction to composite materials and their common applications, and will then present some of the work being done at Cardiff concerning more “unusual” tribological applications of composite materials, including as wear liners in aerospace bearings and for novel hip-joints.


18:00 Refreshments & Networking
18:30 Presentation & Questions
19:30 Refreshments & Networking
20:00 End


This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

To register: Please note that this event will be at the School of Engineering not main building as advertised.

President of the Newport & District Materials Society Inaugural Lecture

On 24th September Stuart Wilkie, Hub Director of Tata Steel Strip UK, will give his inaugural lecture as President of the Newport & District Materials Society.  

E & E Research Seminar: A novel approach to 2D drawings-based reconstruction of 3D building digital models

Taking place on Tuesday 8th September 2015 at 10am, rooms C1.10 and 11.

MMAM Research Seminar: 'Short & Long-term hopes for a sustainable industrial system'

Professor Steve Evans will be delivering the MMAM Research Seminar 'Short & Long-term hopes for a sustainable industrial system' on Friday 28th August.

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