M R Jolly Cranfield University

By | 18th May 2017

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M R Jolly Cranfield University

Professor Mark Jolly

Prof of Sustainable Manuf & Head of SMSC

Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre

  • Bachelor of Metallurgy (B.Met) from Sheffield University
  • PhD in Metallurgy at Cambridge University CASE Award with International Tin Research Institute (Rapidly Solidified Tin Alloys)
  • 4 years at AE Developments (Tier 1, Automotive components supplier)
  • 2 years in Battelle Research Centre, Geneva Switzerland (Squeeze Cast Fibre Reinforced Metal Matrix Composites 19 clients including, Alcan, Billiton, Isuzu, Fiat, Bohn, Comalco, Baekart, Alusuisse, Zollner and Morgan Ceramics)
  • 2 years at Foseco International Limited, Birmingham (Manager of Light Alloys Technical Development)
  • 5 years at Foseco (FS) Ltd., Tamworth (UK operating company, product group manager for sand products, coatings and technical software)

In 1995, Mark moved to the University of Birmingham to set up and manage the Castings Centre, an add-on to the IRC in Materials for High Performance Applications, and focused on technology and knowledge transfer of research into the global foundry sector. In 1999, he created the Process Modelling Group.

Mark was PI on an EPSRC (EP/G060096/1/2, finished 31st August 2013) project “Saving Energy in the Foundry Sector” (supported by Aeromet, Grainger  & Worrall, NTec, Federal Mogul, TCS & the Cast Metal Federation  (CMF)) and PI for a KTP (KTP008637) in the glass industry focused on redesigning process equipment for lower CO2 and water footprints. He co-authored and was the University of Birmingham lead on a €1.7M FP7 Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) initiative in improving manufacturing in the bio-medical sector targeted at reducing energy and materials with Depuy Johnson & Johnson as the major partner. Since 1999 Jolly has been PI for 8 EPSRC funded grants and CI on 3. He has been PI on 4 KTPs. With his industrial experience and research interest he has strong links with the metal manufacturing sector. In 2008 he won the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers (ICME) Oliver Stubbs Gold Medal for Knowledge Transfer in the Cast Metals Industry and in 2010 the University of Birmingham Josiah Mason Award for Business Advancement. He was awarded an ICME Diploma in 2013 for best paper in the IFTJ, “Energy saving in the foundry industry by using the CRIMSON single shot up-casting process”.

Current activities

Mark’s main areas of current research are:

  • Resource efficient manufacturing
  • Process modelling
  • Novel casting processes

Resource efficient manufacturing targets traditional processes and aims at reducing the materials usage and energy with the ultimate aim of lowering carbon and water footprints of final components. has been carried out across biomedical, aerospace, automotive and food & drink sectors. Research funding comes form a range of sources including EPSRC, InnovateUK and commercial organisations.

Process modelling is primarily focused on the application of CFD techniques to simulating liquid materials processes as a support tool for designing for manufacture and materials efficiency. Research on how it can also used as a tool for identifying where surface turbulence during casting leads to reduced quality of final components is also being supported. Both Newtonian and non-Newtonian behaviours are being modelled which means that both liquid metal and polymers can be simulated.

In addition to his research he is Head of both the Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre and the Composites Centre.

Mark is also Co-Director of the EPSRC funded Centre of Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing which is run in collaboration with the Universities of Warwick and Exeter (EP/L016389/1) He is CoI for Cranfield in the EPSRC CIM in Industrial Sustainability lead by Cambridge (EP/I033351/1). He is PI for the EPSRC funded “Small is Beautiful” project (EP/M013863/1) and a KTP project with Midland Lead Operations Ltd (KTP009855) aimed at improving materials’ efficiency and cutting energy demand in the casting of Pb sheet.

Mark is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Environmentalist, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and Chair of the IOM3 Materials Science and Technology Division Board, a Fellow of the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers and a Member of TMS and chair of the TMS Solidification Committee and the American Foundry Society. Mark has sat on the EPSRC Peer Review College since 2003.

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