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Case Studies

STFC strives to  maximise the impact of our science and technology for the benefit of the UK and its people.
 
This is a vitally important at any time, but especially so now, given the challenges the UK faces to  maintain  the economy and the important role that science must play in this task.  
 

We continue to improve our approach to impact reporting.

Technology for research saves lives
27 January 2015
Technology for research saves lives

Technology developed to advance STFC-funded research in particle physics and has underpinned the development of MRI scanners; a £111m industry that saves lives and improves.

Foundations for laser eye surgery
2 December 2014
Foundations for laser eye surgery

Knowledge from STFC’s Central Laser Facility (CLF) was used to develop laser techniques for eye surgery; an industry which generates £400 million per year for the UK.

Using neutrons to investigate stress in aircraft components
21 November 2014
Using neutrons to investigate stress in aircraft components

STFC’s Harwell Imaging Partnership (HIP) has aided Rolls-Royce in evaluating the benefits of fillet rolling on stress in aircraft engine components, by enabling access to STFC’s ISIS neutron and muon facility, as well as to new data analysis software created by STFC’s Scientific Computing Department.

Rapiscan tests new travel security technologies with VELA
10 November 2014
Rapiscan tests new travel security technologies with VELA

Rapiscan Systems have teamed up with University College London (UCL) to use STFC’s VELA (Versatile Electron Linear Accelerator) for innovative testing to develop new technologies for future products.

Spin-out senses global low carbon markets
13 October 2014
Spin-out senses global low carbon markets

SMEs like Oxsensis are supporting the UK’s £128 billion domestic low carbon sector, driving job creation and export growth

Enabling industrial access to high-value technology markets
26 September 2014
Enabling industrial access to high-value technology markets

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) extensively engages with the engineering industry, enabling UK companies to realise new manufacturing opportunities in high-value markets, such as SRF accelerator technology.

Helping start-ups access world-class machining facilities
6 August 2014
Helping start-ups access world-class machining facilities

STFC’s Innovation Technology Access Centre (I-TAC) provides flexible, affordable access to state-of-the-art machining facilities, which have enabled Oxfordshire SME Oxsensis to reduce their R&D costs and further grow the business.

Revealing hidden secrets in closed containers
6 August 2014
Revealing hidden secrets in closed containers

It’s a potential game-changer – the ability to ‘see’ inside bottles and bags, regardless of opacity, and instantly identify exactly what they contain. From detecting dangerous liquids in airline luggage to verifying the quality of pharmaceutical products, the positive impacts extend from industry into the heart of everyday life. Lower costs, faster processes, better safeguards for the public: these are just a few key benefits of a capability that, thanks to innovative laser applications develop.

A thriving environment with space to succeed
5 August 2014
A thriving environment with space to succeed

The Harwell Campus has a strong reputation for excellence in the space sector. For Oxford Space Systems, locating at STFC’s Innovations Technology Access Centre (I-TAC) provided them with the ideal environment to flourish, in the epicentre of the thriving space cluster at Harwell.

Incubation facilities to help SMEs sparkle
5 August 2014
Incubation facilities to help SMEs sparkle

Carrying out R&D using high temperatures and flammable hydrogen can be almost impossible for an SME due to the expensive laboratory infrastructure required. Through the facilities at STFC’s Innovations Technology Access Centre (I-TAC), Designed Materials were able to set up their R&D space and start operating quickly and safely.

Last updated: 01 August 2019

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