BIAM-Imperial Centre for Materials Characterisation, Processing and Modelling

Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials (BIAM) is a comprehensive scientific research institute which is oriented to the aviation industry and engaged in the fundamental research, material development, industrial application, technological and engineering research of advanced aeronautical materials. BIAM and Imperial College have established a world-class centre in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Materials at Imperial College London for materials characterisation, processing and modelling, and developed a research-based collaboration to undertake applied and fundamental research, explore mutual areas of interest, disseminate scientific information and conduct post-doctorate and PhD project research.


Congratulations to Alessandro Piglione! He has won the 1st prize in the ‘Electron Microscopy – Physical Sciences’ category in the International Scientific Imaging Competition 2019 supported by the Royal Microscopical Society, a contest of the best scientific images obtained by microscopists from all over the world.


Title: The building blocks of jet engines

Description: Cuboidal Ni3Al precipitates (edge length ~400 nm) in a Ni-based single-crystal superalloy. These precipitates are the source of the outstanding strength of superalloys at high temperatures, enabling the operation of turbine blades in the extreme environments within jet engines. The sample (provided by BIAM) was etched to reveal the precipitates.