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Materials Engineering

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The Materials Engineering Group’s research is based around three areas: residual stress measurement using advanced experimental techniques; materials characterization for novel materials and for structural integrity assessments; and high temperature materials behaviour and performance.

We are world leaders in the development and application of neutron and synchrotron X-ray methods for residual stress measurement in materials. We work closely with partners in industry, particularly in the aerospace and nuclear power sectors. The group has a thriving research student community, with access to excellent research facilities and internationally-leading expertise.

Key facts

  • Very strong links with industry
  • 100 per cent record of employment of students on completion of their PhD
  • 90 per cent of our research ranked as being of international quality
  • Large research group of 40 students, researchers and academics
  • Excellent opportunities for work at international facilities

Facilities

Our research is supported by well-equipped, state-of-the-art mechanical testing facilities, analytical facilities for electron and optical microscopy, elemental analysis, thermal analysis, mechanical and X-ray stress analysis and heat treatment. A dedicated suite of high-performance workstations and servers running a range of finite element and analytical packages is also available. Our group is an intensive user of national and international neutron and synchrotron X-ray facilities.

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Name:
Professor Michael Fitzpatrick
Email:
mct-ddem-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1908 655799

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page."