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Aaron Lam Creep Age Forming

The focus of my research is new lightweight alloy forming processes such as the creep age forming (CAF) technique. CAF is a forming method combining forming and ageing heat treatment, in which the creep phenomenon takes place.

The key issues in this process are to control the change of the material properties and the springback of the formed alloy, which will be the central objectives of my work. This technique, which is suitable for forming large integral panels with complex curvatures and abruptly changing thicknesses, is considered to be one of the most important metal forming techniques for next-generation aircraft.

Research keywords

  • Aerospace Structures and Materials
  • Aluminium Alloys
  • Creep Age Forming (CAF)
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Lightweight Alloys
  • Materials Modelling
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Sheet Metal Forming
  • Springback Prediction


  • 2016 - PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Structures and Materials
  • 2012 - MEng in Biomedical Engineering with First Class Honours
  • 2012 - Certificate in Business Imperial Master Class Programme 
  • Membership of Professional Bodies
  • 2012 - Associate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (AMIMechE)
  • 2012 - Associate of the City & Guilds of London Institute (ACGI)

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