Exploring issues of interest rate setting
Moneyfacts.co.uk has a unique and extensive historical data set of financial services interest rates and fees. By working with these, Dr John Ashton of the Centre for Competition Policy at the University, together with colleagues from Leeds and Surrey universities, has examined a range of questions such as how banks may exploit consumers' behavioural biases, the issue of choice in saving markets, the geographical scope of UK banking markets and the pass-through of efficiency gains from mergers to retail interest rates.
Aircraft icing research makes a splash
When an aircraft is flying through clouds in cold temperatures, water droplets in the cloud can impact upon it and turn to ice. If this ice is left to grow unhindered (particularly on the wings or engine intake) it can dramatically affect the efficiency, control and ultimately the safety of an aircraft. Findings from this fundamental research into droplet impact will feed into industrial models of the entire icing process, helping to improve existing computer models and ultimately provide a clearer understanding of the impact process, resulting in more efficient and safer aeroplanes in the future.
Wave toppled structure in Shetlands
Charles Scott & Partners, an engineering consultancy based in Glasgow, were appointed by the Northern Lighthouse Board after a stainless steel support structure for a solar powered minor light collapsed during a storm, and were asked to assess the failed structure and design a suitable replacement. To design a replacement structure that would be able to withstand the wave loadings in this notoriously volatile region they required to better understand the forces involved. Dr Cooker, from University of East Anglia's School of Mathematics, is a leading expert on water wave impacts and the forces and pressures generated by them, contributed to the improved design.
New low carbon solutions for home heating
In the UK alone, over one million domestic oil-fired central heating boilers emit an estimated 8m tonnes of CO2 per year. In a collaboration involving the University of East Anglia, Clean Energy Consultancy, Riello Ltd, Norfolk County Council (NCC), Argent Energy and Pace Petroleum, a trial has been developed to identify the most appropriate blend of biofuel to produce significant carbon savings and to maintain fuel integrity in cold weather.
Worms solve contaminated land problems
Petrol is a major soil pollutant and the cost of clearing a contaminated site to land fill can be thousands of pounds. Working with industry collaborators the University has identified a number of significant improvements within bioremediation methods that occur following the introduction of earthworms into contaminated soil.
Efficiency advances in food production
Buhler Sortex Ltd has over 60 years of experience in building state-of-the-art food sorting machines that remove any undesirable objects. Computer Scientists from the University of East Anglia have been working with Buhler Sortex to develop new classification algorithms to make food sorting more efficient, removing the defects with less wastage of good product.
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