Our research team explores the behaviour, processing, microstructure and performance of alloys for industries such as aerospace, nuclear power generation, large scale industrial processes, and microelectronics. This work addresses challenges such as: reduction in CO2 generation, development and manufacture of lighter and higher performance alloys; improvements in safety and lifetime prediction through physical understanding of deformation processes; and significant improvements in the life cycle of alloys, reducing energy consumption through reuse and recycling. [image above: Dual phase titanium (Ti6242) microstructure imaged using forward scatter electron imaging. Credits: Dr Vivian Tong, Imperial College London]
Current research projects
|Alloy Processing and Solidification||Dr Christopher Gourlay, Professor David Dye, Dr Stella Pedrazzini|
|Computational Mechanics||Professor Fionn Dunne FREng, Dr Mark Wenman, Dr Minh-Son Pham,
|Materials Characterisation||Dr Mark Wenman, Professor David Dye, Professor Christopher Gourlay, Dr Minh-Son Pham, Dr Stella Pedrazzini, Professor Baptiste Gault|
|Residual Stress and Structural Integrity||Professor Fionn Dunne FREng, Professor David Dye, Dr Mark Wenman, Dr Minh-Son Pham, Dr Stella Pedrazzini|
Engineering Alloys Staff
Professor Fionn Dunne FREng
Fionn Dunne is Chair in Micromechanics. His research is in the fundamentals of deformation and fracture particularly relating to hcp polycrystal and Ni alloys and includes experiment, characterisation, computational crystal plasticity and discrete dislocation plasticity. Applications include micro-deformation, fatigue crack nucleation, microstructure-sensitive crack growth, and polycrystal sonics for NDE.
Professor David Dye
Professor David Dye is a Professor of Metallurgy in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London.
His research Interests focus on the micromechanics of jet engine, aircraft and reactor materials, particularly superalloys, titanium and zirconium. His research group works on problems across the life-cycle from alloy design to processing to fatigue and failure.
Professor Baptiste Gault
Professor Baptiste Gault is a Professor in Materials at Imperial College London in the Department of Materials.
Professor Chris Gourlay
Professor Christopher Gourlay is a Professor of Physical Metallurgy.
His research focuses on the fundamentals of alloy solidification and their application in Pb-free soldering and casting with interests including: Mushy-zone mechanics; X-ray imaging of solidification phenomena; Nucleation; Eutectics; Intermetallic crystal growth; Pb-free soldering; and High-pressure die casting
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Dr Stella Pedrazzini
Dr Stella Pedrazzini is a lecturer in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. She works on the environmental degradation of engineering alloys, with a particular interest in oxidation and hot corrosion of nickel and cobalt-based superalloys, aqueous corrosion of steel as well as advanced characterisation techniques such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atom probe tomography (APT). She teaches the 1st year undergraduate module in Materials Electrochemistry.
Dr Minh-Son Pham
Dr Minh-Son Pham is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London.
His research focuses on additive manufacturing and metal forming, and the in-service performance of lightweight metals and alloys in automobile, aerospace and power plants.
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Dr Mark Wenman
Dr Mark Wenman is Reader in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London, and Director of the CDT in Nuclear Energy.
His key research interests are in the field of nuclear engineering materials (specialising in metallurgy) and include micromechanisms of fracture, hydrogen embrittlement, irradiation damage, stress and strain measurement and finite element modelling from continuum to microscales. Materials include zirconium alloys, stainless steels and ferritic steels.
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