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Professor Hasani Chauke
University College London
Computational Modelling for Titanium Development
Design and manufacturing of material components from power has shown to play a significant role in commercial, for cost effectiveness and economic growth. Titanium as one of the lightest element has significant properties and useful in many industries, especially in the form of powder. The ability to produce titanium powder at a much lower cost than present imports will make this light metal an economically viable option, from which many industries can be created and sustained. Thus the group at Materials Modelling Centre, UL, is embarking on the titanium development project to foster the formation and growth of crystalline titanium particles. The focus will be to develop a computer modelling methodologies that will estimates rate of growth of titanium crystal formation and growth using simulation. This initiative will contribute significantly towards establishing a viable titanium metal industry in South Africa. Its main aim is to develop an alternative and more cost-effective way to produce titanium powder from South Africa’s own abundant resources that could lead to significantly reduced final cost of titanium components.
Other research focus areas concerns large scale computational modelling of metals and alloys, mineral beneficiation and energy storage materials. Major calculations concern prediction of new material including precious metals, shape memory alloys for designing component in automotive and medical application; mineral extraction such as platinum and nickel; and rechargeable battery design to enhance its performance and life time during charging/discharging.