A research team, led by Professor Andrew Moore from the Centre for Laser-based Production Processes, were awarded a BAE Systems Chairman’s Bronze award for 2013. The award 'recognises people whose ideas, actions and behaviours make BAE Systems a better, more competitive company and help us live our values.'
The award was in response to a research study carried out by the team from the Heriot-Watt Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences. The research, funded by BAE Systems, was to investigate the effect of cross-drafts on the shield gases that are used in welding.
Based on the research, BAE Systems has been able to reduce the amount of shield gas they use at one site by 50% (cost saving of approximately £300,000 per annum) and providing an improved carbon footprint for the welding process. Roll-out to other BAE sites is planned in 2014.