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Materials Engineering Group

Materials Engineering

Current Research

Research in Materials Engineering is based around our core expertise in Structural Integrity. Structural Integrity is the study of the safe design and assessment of components and structures under load, and has become increasingly important in engineering design. In particular the group has expertise in the measurement, modelling and analysis of residual stress in materials; microstructural analysis; determination of mechanical properties of materials at ambient, elevated and cryogenic temperatures; and the application of stress and materials data to the development of predictive lifing and safety assessments.

We currently have a research group of 15 research students and postdoctoral fellows, supported by around £1M of external income. Our group is an intensive user of national and international neutron and synchrotron X-ray facilities.

Aligned with our core Structural Integrity activity is the work of the Solder Research Group; the Forensic Engineering Group, which offers consultancy services for a range of industrial sectors and the legal profession; and the Surface Engineering Research Group.

Details of our current projects can be found by following the links on the left, as well as the research projects of our research students. You can also view posters about current projects here:

Advanced Contour Method Technology Programme

Anelasticity in Austenitic Steels


Details of current vacancies can be found here. Enquiries are welcome from prospective Research Students, including for part-time studentships in our areas of interest.


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