Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council – Case Studies

  • Skeleton athlete design wins triple Olympic gold
    In February 2018, Lizzy Yarnold sped to gold medal success in the skeleton event at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics – repeating her triumph four years earlier at the Sochi games in Russia. But her double achievement was not just a reward for her dedication and athleticism, it was also a... Read more »
  • Fast-track algorithms drive F1/Supercar success
    A long-standing R&D collaboration between Professor Malcolm Smith, from the University of Cambridge, and legendary British supercar maker and Formula One giant, McLaren, has led to revolutionary suspension technology now employed in all Formula One cars, and which could have wider applications, such as in the railways of the future.... Read more »
  • Robotic surgery breakthrough
    Professor Sanja Dogramadzi, from Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), University of the West of England, has led the development of a ground-breaking robotic system that enables surgeons to put joint fractures back together using a minimally invasive approach. Supported by an underpinning EPSRC investment, it is the first robot-assisted system designed... Read more »
  • 3D-printed implant tech – transforming lives
    3D-printed implant technology developed with EPSRC support has transformed the life of Peter Maggs (pictured centre), a 71-year-old man who had been operated on to remove a large cancerous sarcoma that required surgeons to remove three ribs and part of his breastbone.... Read more »
  • Career profile: Dr Conaill Soraghan
    Dr Conaill Soraghan, who leads the Operations & Maintenance Data Systems team at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, describes his career trajectory.... Read more »
  • Buildings as power stations
    Every day the sun provides enough energy to power our planet for 27 years. So why not capture that energy with everyday buildings – using coatings that generate, store and release it?... Read more »
  • Turning industrial waste into livestock fodder
    Around 80 billion litres of the fuel bioethanol are produced annually from fermented cereals. The yeast used in the process is discarded. Now, an academic/industry partnership led by Dr Emily Burton, from Nottingham Trent University, has led to a process that can retrieve proteins from what would otherwise have been... Read more »
  • Supercomputer aids Bengali people and farmland
    Researchers have used ARCHER, a state-of-the-art supercomputer, to create a model of the river channels in the Bengal delta – the largest river delta in the world – which will allow them to predict changes in tidal water level and salinity in the Bangladesh delta region, and to advise on... Read more »
  • Pipework monitor spin-out sold for over £30 million
    Permasense Ltd, a company formed in 2009 to commercialise industrial process monitoring technology for use in harsh conditions, pioneered by Dr Frederic Cegla while an EPSRC-supported doctoral student at Imperial College London, has been sold to Fortune 500 company Emerson for over £30 million.... Read more »
  • World's first flying drone for plugging pipeline leaks
    Worldwide, 25 per cent of drinking water is lost through leaking water pipelines. To tackle this problem, Talib Alhinai, a research postgraduate at Imperial College London’s Aerial Robotics Laboratory, and his colleagues created the world’s first flying drone able to plug pipeline leaks.... Read more »