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Materials engineering
High temperature

High temperature

The Materials Engineering Group has an international reputation for its research activity in the fields of residual stress measurement and analysis, high-temperature materials behaviour and materials characterisation. We have an excellent suite of testing facilities on campus, ranging from X-ray residual stress measurement to state-of-the-art electron microscopy. We have invested over £1.6 million in research equipment and infrastructure, and the group’s research is currently supported by around £2 million of external income. We work closely with a range of industrial partners.

High-temperature performance of materials is important to applications in aerospace and power generation. We have one of the largest UK university creep facilities for characterising high-temperature deformation of materials, and are developing novel non-contact strain measurement methods, such as high temperature digital image correlation (DIC) for characterisation of deformation in welded joints.

Qualifications available

PhD or MPhil


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Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

Project areas are available depending on funding, but we would expect to recruit in the following general areas:

  • Creep of materials for future nuclear power plant
  • Application of digital image correlation at high temperature
  • High-temperature weld integrity assessment.

Current/recent research projects

  • Application of Digital Image Correlation to characterisation of weld mechanical properties
  • Anelastic behaviour of Type 316H stainless steel
  • Residual stress and creep performance of P91 pipe girth welds

Potential supervisors


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Further information

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

John Bouchard, Professor of Materials for Energy
Email: STEM-EI-Research
Phone: +44 (0)1908 655799