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Materials Engineering

Group Staff - Dr Jim Moffatt


Dr. Jim Moffatt

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Jim Moffatt
Dr Jim Moffatt


Academic Interests.

Among many other things I am presently Chair of the course T207 Engineering; mechanics, materials, design, which is now in its sixth year of presentation. I am also involved in a number of other courses; T173 Engineering the Future, TXR220 Engineering in Action a stand alone residential based course, T357 Structural Integrity which was presented for the first time in 2007). Post graduate courses include T881 Manufacture, Materials, Design, and T885 Team Engineering a newly presented course that involves a team of engineers working on a specific project culminating in a common goal and all at a distance! I even have time to fit in some research activity!


Research Interests.

For the last 28 years I have investigated fracture and fatigue mechanisms in a wide range of engineering materials, such as aluminium and steel alloys, polymers and ceramics (prior to that I was studying nuclear fast reactor cladding materials for UKAEA). More recently I have studied fatigue/creep interactions in lead free solders, this led to a period of research in Australia studying creep-fatigue interactions in a variety of steels used for high pressure high temperature applications in power stations. Also, I have investigated fatigue crack growth rates at very high temperatures (up to 1300°C) in advanced engineering ceramic composites.


New Conferences

Team project work for distance learners in engineering challenges and benefits. Mark Endean, George Weidmann, Alun Armstrong, Jim Moffatt and Tony Nixon. Engineering Education 2008, Loughborough University, 2008.

Technology Supports Distributed Team Working: the case of T885 Team Engineering at The Open University, ICL, Villach 2009.


Recent Publications

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