Metals and Alloys

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has a large research program on metals and alloys, ranging from light alloys, brass to advanced steels. This program is focused on thermomechanical processing, microstructural characterisation using electron microscopes and the synchrotron, evaluation of mechanical and corrosion properties, modelling of phase transformations and microstructure-property relationships, and constitutive modelling of mechanical properties of metallic materials.

Areas


Aluminium and its alloys

Aluminium and its Alloys

Expertise:

  • Production techniques (casting, spark plasma sintering, 3D printing by SLM & DLD)
  • Processing routes (heat treatment, rolling, extrusion, forging, HIPing)
  • Microstructural analysis (grain structure and texture, precipitate distribution, atomic structure, chemical bonding, surface structure and morphology, phase identification, theoretical modelling)
  • Analysis of properties (yield strength, strain hardening, age hardening, elongation, fatigue, fracture toughness, impact, corrosion, theoretical modelling)
  • Application-oriented manufacturing solutions (aerospace, automotive, packaging)

Experts


Magnesium and its alloys

Magnesium and its Alloys

Expertise

  • Production techniques (casting)
  • Processing routes (heat treatment, rolling, extrusion, forging, HIPing)
  • Microstructural analysis (grain structure and texture, precipitate distribution, atomic structure, surface structure and morphology, phase identification, theoretical modelling)
  • Analysis of properties (yield strength, strain hardening, age hardening, elongation, fatigue, fracture toughness, impact, corrosion, theoretical modelling)
  • Application-oriented manufacturing solutions (automotive, rail, battery materials)

Experts


Titanium, nickel based alloys & intermetallics

Titanium, Nickel Based Alloys & Intermetallics

Expertise

  • Production techniques (casting, spark plasma sintering, 3D printing by SLM & DLD)
  • Processing (surface engineering and finishing)
  • Analysis of properties (biocompatibility and function)
  • Application-oriented manufacturing solutions (aerospace, corrosion resistant alloys, biomedical implants)

Experts


Steels and stainless steels

Steels and Stainless Steels

Expertise

  • Production techniques (casting, spark plasma sintering, 3D printing by SLM & DLD)
  • Processing routes (heat treatment, rolling, extrusion, forging, HIPing)
  • Microstructural analysis (grain structure and texture, constitutive modelling)
  • Analysis of properties (yield strength, strain hardening, age hardening, elongation, fatigue, fracture toughness, impact, corrosion, theoretical modelling)
  • Application-oriented manufacturing solutions (automotive, oil and gas, mining, tools)

Experts


Copper and its alloys, brass and zinc alloys

Copper and its Alloys, Brass and Zinc Alloys

Expertise

  • Processing routes (heat treatment, rolling, extrusion)
  • Microstructural analysis (grain structure and texture, precipitate distribution, chemical bonding, surface structure and morphology, phase identification, theoretical modelling)
  • Analysis of properties (yield strength, strain hardening, age hardening, elongation, fatigue, fracture toughness, impact, corrosion, theoretical modelling)
  • Application-oriented manufacturing solutions (electrical, plumbing, thermal management)

Experts






Metallic multi-materials and high entropy alloys

Metallic Multi-Materials and High Entropy Alloys

Expertise

  • Production techniques (casting, spark plasma sintering, 3D printing by SLM & DLD)
  • Processing routes (heat treatment, rolling, extrusion, forging, HIPing)
  • Microstructural analysis (structure and texture, elemental distribution, phase identification)
  • Analysis of properties (corrosion resistance and response to corrosive environments, mechanical properties)
  • Application oriented composition design (aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, cladding and repair, corrosive environments)

Experts