The combination of materials heat treatment and forming is a practical and economical solution for producing ultra high strength, lightweight and complex-shaped structural panel components for transportation applications (land and aerospace), which contributes significantly for fuel savings and CO2 emission reduction. The Metal forming and materials modelling group at Imperial has an international reputation in developing hybrid forming techniques and significant financial supports are obtained from governments (UK and EC) and automotive, aeronautical and aerospace industries.

Research has also been carried out within the group for developing future manufacturing technologies for extrusion of micro-parts and forging nano-structured powder components. Different lightweight materials are used for achieving lightweight design and joining similar and dissimilar materials are a key factor and Adhesion and adhesives research group has made fundamental