April 2017

  • Dr Mitch Cuddihy (HexMat PhD at Imperial) awarded the annual Rolls-Royce UTC best published paper prize 2017 for his work on cold dwell fatigue in aero-engine disc dwell fatigue: M.A.Cuddihy, A. Stapleton,  S. Williams, F.P.E. Dunne.  On cold dwell facet fatigue in titanium aero-engine components. Intl. Jnl. Fatigue. 97, 177-189, 2017.
  • Professor Fionn Dunne, HexMat PI, has been awarded the 2016 Harvey Flower Titanium Prize by the Institute of Materials (IoM3) in recognition of his ‘outstanding contributions towards the science and technology of titanium’.
  • HexMat members Fionn Dunne, David Dye, Ben Britton and Saira Naeem, and Engineering Alloys Group colleagues, have won an Imperial President’s Award for Outstanding Research Team 2017.
  • HexMat Co-I Dr Ben Britton has been awarded the President’s Medal for Outstanding Early Career Researcher 2017.
  • HexMat Fatigue Workshop, 3rd-4th April 2017; an international workshop focusing on the quantitative mechanistic understanding of fatigue crack nucleation and microstructuresensitive growth in polycrystal metals


March 2017


New HexMat Paper

A new HexMat paper by Dr Vivian Tong and Dr Ben Britton: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1359645417301817



February 2017


French High School Visit

On 1st February 2017, ten students (age 19-21, BTEC equivalent studnets), and two teachers from Diderot High School, France, visited the Materials Department at Imperial College.

Vivian Tong (HexMat PDRA), gave a talk and demonstration on ‘ductile to brittle temperature in metals’ and Abi Ackerman (HexMat PhD student) demonstrated on ‘rolling and hardness testing’. After experiencing working in a lab, they were given a tour of the department and the opportunity to see state of the art equipment and machines used at Imperial.

The day ended with Simon Wyatt (PhD student) giving a tour of the Imperial campus.

Abi Ackerman



January 2017


HexMat Workshop and Steering Board Meeting

As part of the six-monthly review of HexMat, a day-long workshop of presentations by members of HexMat took place at Imperial College on 12th January 2017. Current research results relating to HexMat objectives was presented and discussed, followed by a workshop dinner, bringing together the entire research team, from Imperial, Oxford and Manchester, and also HexMat industry partners.

The next day, members of the management board met to present research plans for the remaining time on HexMat.