Project title: Multiscale investigation of failure in bonded diamond aggregate
This is an industry based project for E6 - manufacturer of hard abrasive materials. Abresive materials are widely used throughout industry, for example in oil drilling to extend drilling tool life. Many of these abrasives consist of man-made diamonds, which have been "stuck" together in a special manufacturing process. Eventually, under heavy wear, the abrasive material fails by cracking of the diamond crystals. The objective of this project is to understand the mechanisms that lead to these failures by computer modelling at any necessary time/length scale.