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Joseph Lucas Research

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Lucas Research Centre, of Shirley, near Birmingham

1965 Established; part of Joseph Lucas (Industries) Ltd

1972 Developed a new ceramic, hot-pressed silicon nitride, which was seen to be suitable for use in gas turbines, with particular application for aircraft gas turbines[1]

1974 Developed a new type of ceramic to rival the use of steel. The Sialom material demonstrated resistance to thermal shock and metal attack from molten steel. This product could be used as a refractory lining in furnaces.[2]

1981 Developed a lightweight alternative to lead-acid battery technology for the Lucas Chloride EV Systems Company[3]

1983 Sialon, a very tough porcelain (trade name Syalon) was developed by Newcastle University and Lucas Industries[4]

1983 The Shirley research centre employed 200 scientists and engineers[5]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Apr 27, 1972
  2. The Engineer 1974/07/18
  3. The Times, Jun 25, 1981
  4. The Times, Dec 05, 1983
  5. The Times Dec 01, 1983