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.
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.