The Open University, Materials Engineering

Materials Engineering Group

Materials Engineering

Departmental Staff - Dr Amir Shirzadi


Dr. Amir Shirzadi

OU Location:

Venables Building, Room S2041

UK Telephone No.:

+44 (0) 1908 652 700

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Amir Shirzadi
Dr Amir Shirzadi



  • Joining advanced alloys including developing and modelling new methods of diffusion bonding / brazing processes.
  • Designing new weld alloys capable of reducing residual stresses.
  • Phase transformation in steels.
  • Solidification.

Memberships and Affiliations

Recent events/ Photos


Structural Materials for Energy Applications

  • Editor, to be published by Woodhead Publishing Ltd.
Microjoining and Nanojoining
  • Editor of the chapter on solid-state bonding in collaboration with University of Waterloo, Canada, Woodhead Publishing Ltd
  • ISBN 978-1-84569-179-0
  • May 2008.

Amir Shirzadi

Web Articles


Recent Publications

  • Laik A., Shirzadi A.A., Tewari R., Kumar A., Jayakumar T. & Dey G.K. (2012)Microstructure and interfacial reactions during active metal brazing of stainless steel to titanium, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, submitted 17th April 2012 (under review).
  • Hu F., Wu K.M. &  Shirzadi A.A. (2012):  Influence of Co and Al on pearlitic transformation in superbainitic steels, Ironmaking & Steelmaking, accepted on 10 Dec. 2011, DOI 10.1179/1743281211Y.0000000092.
  • Lelito J.,  Źak P., Shirzadi A.A., Greer L., Krajewski W., Suchy J.S., Haberl K. and Schumacher P. (2012):  Effect of SiC reinforcement particles on the grain density in a magnesium-based metal–matrix composite: Modelling and experiment, Acta Materialia, Vol. 60, No. 6–7, pp. 2950-2958.
  • Lelito J., Źak P., Greer L., Suchy J.S., Krawjeski W.K., Gracz B., Szucki M. & Shirzadi A.A. (2012):  Crystallisation model of magnesium primary phase in the AZ91/SiC composite, Composites Part B: Engineering, accepted (in press) and available online from 7th Feb 2012, DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2012.01.088.
  • Shirzadi A.A., Abreu H., Cayron C. and Ubhi S. (2011): Combined effect of stress and strain on crystallographic orientation of bainite, Ironmaking & Steelmaking, Vol. 38, No. 7, pp 519-524.
  • Moat R.J., Stone H.J., Shirzadi A.A., Francis J.A., Mark A.F., Bhadeshia H.K.D.H, Karlson L. and Withers P.J. (2011): Design of weld fillers for mitigation of residual stresses in ferritic and austenitic steel welds, Science and Technology of Welding and Joining, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp 279-284

A full list of Dr Amir Shirzadi's publications is available as a pdf here.

Awards and Grants

  • 2009-11 Marie Curie Fellowship (Transfer of Knowledge), University of Cambridge and Krakow AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland.
  • 2006 Armourers and Brasiers’ Company Research Fellowship and Award in recognition of recent research on joining advanced materials.
  • 2004-05 Smart Award from DTI for CAMJET (Cambridge Advanced Method for Joining Engine Turbines). Total of £60,000 was raised for one-year of work in the University of Cambridge.
  • 2001-02 Full Research Grant from Centre Francais pour l’Accueil et les Échanges Internationaux (EGIDE), Paris, France. Awarded a full research grant for 11 months to develop a new joining method in École Polytechnique de l’Université de Nantes.
  • 1999 Cook/Ablett Award from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, London, UK, for an outstanding published paper in the field of metals.
  • 1998 International Henry Granjon Prize from the International Institute of Welding (IIW) for developing a novel bonding method for advanced aluminium alloys and composites.
  • 1997 Lundgren Award from University of Cambridge in recognition of PhD research.
  • 1995-97 Overseas Research Students Award (ORS) from the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the Universities of the United Kingdom.


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