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Materials Staff - Prof. Mike Fitzpatrick

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Professor Mike Fitzpatrick - Lloyd's Register Educational Trust Chair in Materials Fabrication and Engineering

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Prof Mike Fitzpatrick - Senior Lecturer in Materials Engineering, Lloyd's Register Educational Trust Chair in Materials Fabrication and Engineering
Professor Mike Fitzpatrick

Research - Professor Mike Fitzpatrick

My current research interests are in the areas of nuclear structural materials; residual stress analysis using neutron and X-ray diffraction and other, destructive techniques; and materials for improved fatigue resistance of aerospace structures. I am leading the EPSRC PROMINENT consortium, a £1.8M grant researching the performance of metallic materials for applications in nuclear power plant. A particular area of interest is in the analysis of welds and joints, and the effects of residual stresses in welded structures.

My position at the OU is supported by The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust, an independent charity working to achieve advances in transportation, science, engineering and technology education, training and research worldwide for the benefit of all.

Lloyds Register Educational Trust

Curriculum interests

At present I am the Chair of T173 Engineering the Future, our first-year engineering course. Some extracts from the course texts are presented in online format on the OU’s OpenLearn site.

I have previously contributed to other courses including T207 Mechanics, Materials, Design, and T357 Structural Integrity: Designing against failure.

I am working with TWI on the development of the new joint OU/TWI Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering, and with the National Skills Academy for Nuclear on the development of their Certificate in Nuclear Professionalism.


For my primary research publications please follow this link to my page at Open Research Online

Most Recent Publications

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