The Materials Engineering Group has an international reputation for its research activity in the fields of residual stress measurement and analysis, high temperature materials behaviour and materials characterisation. We have an excellent suite of testing facilities on campus, ranging from X-ray residual stress measurement to state-of-the-art electron microscopy. We have invested over £1.6 million in research equipment and infrastructure, and the group’s research is currently supported by around £2 million of external income. We work closely with a range of industrial partners.
High temperature performance of materials is important to applications in aerospace and power generation. We have one of the largest UK university creep facilities for characterizing high-temperature deformation of materials, and are developing novel non-contact strain measurement methods for characterization of deformation in welded joints.
Potential research projects
Project areas are available depending on funding, but we would expect to recruit in the following general areas.
- Creep of materials for future nuclear power plant
- Application of digital image correlation at high temperature
- High-temperature weld integrity assessment
For specific details of likely projects, please contact the department.