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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.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

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.

Current / recent research projects

  • Application of Digital Image Correlation to characterisation of weld mechanical properties
  • Anelastic behaviour of Type 316H stainless steel
  • Residual stress and creep performance of P91 pipe girth welds

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Professor Mike Fitzpatrick
+44 (0)1908 655799

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under ‘Your questions’ on the right of the page.