Dual phase titanium (Ti6242) microstructure imaged using forward scatter electron imaging. Credit: Dr Vivian Tong.

Our research team explores the behaviour, processing and performance of materials for industries such as aerospace, nuclear power generation, large scale industrial processes, and microelectronics. This work addresses challenges such as: reduction in CO2 generation, development and manufacture of lighter and higher performance alloys; improvements in safety and lifetime prediction through physical understanding of deformation processes; and significant improvements in the life cycle of alloys, reducing energy consumption through reuse and recycling. [image above: Dual phase titanium (Ti6242) microstructure imaged using forward scatter electron imaging.  Credits: Dr Vivian Tong, Imperial College London]

Engineering Alloys - Academic Staff

Dr Ben Britton

Dr Ben Britton is a Lecturer and RAEng Research Fellow in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London.

His research focusses on understanding materials in high-value high-risk environments, for instance in aerospace, nuclear power and oil & gas applications. His research interests include experimental techniques such as electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), digital image correlation (DIC), micro-mechanical test (e.g. nanoindentation, micropillar compression), as well as simulation with crystal plasticity and dislocation dynamics. This work focusses on the behaviour of hexagonal and cubic metals (e.g. Zr, Ti, Cu, Ni, Fe).

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Research project titleFunding bodyStart date
Physical understanding of micromechanical mechanisms for structural integrity assessment in nuclear engineering Royal Academy of Engineering Mar 2015
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Professor Fionn Dunne FREng

Professor Fionn Dunne is Chair in Micromechanics and current research is in the micromechanics and fundamentals of deformation and failure particularly relating to hexagonal polycrystal materials and includes computational crystal plasticity, micro-deformation, fatigue crack nucleation, texture and dislocation structure development and polycrystal sonics for NDE. He leads the epsrc programme grant Heterogeneous Mechanics in Hexagonal Alloys across Length and Time Scales, directs the Imperial Rolls-Royce Nuclear University Technology Centre, and Co-Directs the AVIC-BIAM Centre for Materials.

He is Associate Editor of Philosophical Magazine and co-author of Introduction to Computational Plasticity, OUP, 2005. He is a consultant to Rolls-Royce, a member of their Core Materials Working Group and was a Royal Society Industry Fellow in 05/06 spent with Rolls-Royce. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010

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Research project titleFunding bodyStart date
Heterogeneous mechanics in hexagonal alloys across length and time scales Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) May 2013
Virtual engine design systems Technology Strategy Board Oct 2012
Centre for Structural Design and Manufacture Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials (BIAM) Sep 2012
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Professor David Dye

Professor David Dye is a Professor of Metallurgy in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London.

His research Interests focus on the micromechanics of jet engine, aircraft and reactor materials, particularly superalloys, titanium and zirconium.  His research group works on problems across the life-cycle from alloy design to processing to fatigue and failure.


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Research project titleFunding bodyStart date
Startegic Partnership in Structural Metallic Systems for Gas Turbines Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) Oct 2014
Designing Alloys for Resource Efficiency (DARE): A Manufacturing Approach Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) Jul 2014
Damping Measurements for Super Elastic Alloys 2 Rolls-Royce Plc Oct 2012
Energy absorbing microstructures, Materials and Structures Science and Technology Centre (MAST STC) Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) May 2012
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Dr Min-Son Pham

Dr Minh-Son Pham is Departmental Research Fellow in the Department of Materialsl at Imperial College London.

His research focuses on additive manufacturing and metal forming, and the in-service performance of lightweight metals and alloys in automobile, aerospace and power plants.

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Dr Vassili Vorontsov

Dr Vassili Vorontsov's research focusses on the study of crystallographic defects, deformation and phase transformations in structural materials.

Currently, the primary research area is the development of novel cobalt-based superalloys for gas turbine applications. However, he also has active research interests in aerospace titanium alloys, ultra-ductile energy absorbing steels and zirconium alloys for nuclear reactors.


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