SPONSORED industrial research by independent organisations has been a feature of American industry for many years and one need only mention the famous Battelle Memorial Institute, which has just completed its quarter century, as an example. In Britain it was not until 1946 that an institute, which could be described as being at all comparable in conducting research on a non‐profit basis, was founded by the late Colonel W. C. Devereux, C.B.E., at Fulmer, Bucks. It was founded primarily as a service to British industry and since its inception the programme of the Fulmer Research Institute has included the investigation of over 1,100 problems dealing with service failures, the design of equipment and the development of materials and processing. Results arising from sponsored industrial research, including patents, belong solely to the sponsors. The Institute is staffed and equipped to deal mainly with metallurgical problems and this includes the study of corrosion and stress corrosion of metals and alloys exposed to various atmospheres.
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