Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Imperial College Research Fellow







563City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I am an Imperial College Research Fellow based at the Non-Destructive Evaluation Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. My research is mainly on material characterisation: I develop tools (both theoretical and experimental) using ultrasound to extract critical information on the microstructures in polycrystalline materials. These microstrucutres include the crystallographic orientation distribution (texture), grain size and morphology, and other heterogeneities; they are absolutely vital to ensure the safety of critial engineering metal components, but cannot be routinely evaluated within the volume by existing techniques - such limitations have been unfortunately exposed by the repeated incidents of aeroengines and powerplants etc.

My collaborators and I have developed and validated a methodology to determine crystallographic texture from ultrasonic waves, which opens up the opportunities for further scientific investigations on the other microstructures, as well as for industrial exploits. My ongoing research projects include automation of the texture measurement setup, characterisation of grain size/morphology, and evaluation of arbitrary geometries using diffuse ultrasound.


1 PhD Studentship available, which covers fees at the home/EU rate, a stipend of £16877 per annum and the full technical and professional training programmes.




Gillespie J, Yeoh WY, Zhao C, et al., 2021, In situ characterization of laser-generated melt pools using synchronized ultrasound and high-speed X-ray imaginga), Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol:150, ISSN:0001-4966, Pages:2409-2420

Lan B, Carpenter MA, Gan W, et al., 2018, Rapid measurement of volumetric texture using resonant ultrasound spectroscopy, Scripta Materialia, Vol:157, ISSN:1359-6462

Lan B, 2018, Non-iterative, stable analysis of surface acoustic waves in anisotropic piezoelectric multilayers using spectral collocation method, Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol:433, ISSN:0022-460X, Pages:16-28

Lan B, Britton TB, Jun T-S, et al., 2018, Direct volumetric measurement of crystallographic texture using acoustic waves, Acta Materialia, Vol:159, ISSN:1359-6454, Pages:384-394

Lan B, Lowe M, DUNNE F, 2015, A spherical harmonic approach for the determination of HCP texture from ultrasound: a solution to the inverse problem, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol:83, ISSN:0022-5096, Pages:179-198

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