HexmatHeterogeneous Mechanics in Hexagonal Alloys across Length and Time Scales.

A five-year collaborative EPSRC programme grant which aims: “to make the UK the world leaders in the understanding and performance of hexagonal alloy systems used by the aero, energy and defence sectors” through scientific, technological, industrial, and public engagement.

The EPSRC funded HexMat programme grant ran from 2013-2018 tasked develop state-of-the-art understanding and researchers focussing on metals with hexagonal close packed structures (predominantly titanium used for aerospace and zirconium for nuclear power). We drew together researchers from Imperial College London, the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester; and worked closely with major companies, including Westinghouse, EdF, Rolls-Royce, and Timet. In this video you can find out how the programme has provided the UK and global communities a huge step forward to realise more benefits from these hugely important engineering alloys.

For more information on the grant, please see: http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/K034332/1imperial.ac.uk/hexmat






The HexMat Programme Grant brings together a consortium of three UK universities, Imperial College London (lead), University of Oxford and University of Manchester, with industrial partners from the aerospace, energy and defence sectors, aiming to make the UK a world leader in hexagonal alloy systems.


“Resolved shear stress ahead of slip bands intersecting a grain boundary in titanium – by Guo et al. (2015) in Acta Materialia http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2015.05.041