Tata Steel is Europe’s second largest steel maker, with operations in the UK and mainland Europe. Tata Steel employs worldwide approximately 900 engineers and scientists in the Research and Development and technical departments. Swinden Technology Centre, having about 175 staff members, is the main R&D site in the UK, which focuses on steel product and applications research and provides technical support to Tata Steel manufacturing units in Europe that supply long and strip product to the construction, automotive, packaging, aerospace, engineering, and energy industries worldwide.

The collaboration with the IMPACT centre will be coordinated and carried out at Tata Steel Swinden Technology Centre with support from the appropriate Centres of Expertise at the manufacturing units. The focus of the R&D projects will be primarily on the development of advanced welding technology and weldability of high strength steels for demanding applications in the energy & power industry.


Dr Shuwen Wen

Dr Shuwen Wen
Principal Scientist
Applications & Engineering Department
Tata Steel R&D
Swinden Technology Centre


Dr Shuwen Wen is Principal Scientist working at Tata Steel Swinden Technology Centre in Rotherham, UK. He joined Swinden Technology Centre in 1998 after obtaining a PhD (1994) and completing his postdoctoral research programme, both at Birmingham University. Since then he has been involved with a variety of R&D projects ranging from steel product manufacture to properties and performance characterisation.

He has more than 20 years of experience in numerical modelling of materials and manufacturing processes. His recent research work includes multi-scale, multi-physics modelling of welding, modelling and stress engineering of welds and welded structures, as well as weld pool fluid flow and weld residual stress characterisation using the Diamond Light Source (I12) and ISIS (ENGIN-X) facilities.

Currently Dr Wen is also Visiting Professor in the Department of Engineering at University of Leicester.