Dual phase titanium (Ti6242) microstructure imaged using forward scatter electron imaging. Credit: Dr Vivian Tong.

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]

Engineering Alloys Staff

Professor Fionn Dunne FREng

Professor Fionn Dunne is Chair in Micromechanics and current research is in the micromechanics and fundamentals of deformation and failure particularly relating to hexagonal polycrystal materials and includes computational crystal plasticity, micro-deformation, fatigue crack nucleation, texture and dislocation structure development and polycrystal sonics for NDE. He leads the epsrc programme grant Heterogeneous Mechanics in Hexagonal Alloys across Length and Time Scales, directs the Imperial Rolls-Royce Nuclear University Technology Centre, and Co-Directs the AVIC-BIAM Centre for Materials.

He is Associate Editor of Philosophical Magazine and co-author of Introduction to Computational Plasticity, OUP, 2005. He is a consultant to Rolls-Royce, a member of their Core Materials Working Group and was a Royal Society Industry Fellow in 05/06 spent with Rolls-Royce. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010

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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.

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Dislocation Mechanisms in Co/Ni Superalloys Rolls-Royce Plc Oct 2017
Low-activation wear-resistant matrices Rolls-Royce Plc Oct 2017
High Five: Resolution, Sensitivity, in operando Control, Ultra High Vacuum and Ion Sectioning in a Single Instrument Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) Jul 2017
Titanium Hot Salt Stress Corrosion Cracking and Fatigue Striations Rolls-Royce Plc Mar 2017
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Dr Baptiste Gault

Dr Baptiste Gault is a Reader 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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Solder Alloys Nihon Superior Co Ltd Dec 2017
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Dr Stella Pedrazzini

Dr Stella Pedrazzini is a lecturer in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. 

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Dr Min-Son Pham

Dr Minh-Son Pham is a lecturer in the Department of Materialsl 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 Senior Lecturer 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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