Net shape manufacturing technologies aim at producing a part to its final or near-to-final shape in a single process to reduce the machining and finishing operations that are believed to account for more than half of the cost of some high-value engineering components.
This category of manufacturing technologies includes powder metallurgy, advanced metal forming (e.g. superplastic forming), novel joining technologies, (e.g. friction joining), and additive manufacturing.
The underlying materials sciences for these technologies requires an in-depth understanding of various microstructural mechanisms such as sintering, high temperature deformation, and solidification to understand how to tailor these manufacturing technologies by controlling the process variables to achieve the desired material performance.
The Near Net-Shape Forming theme is led by Moataz Attallah (UoB), who has grants in value of £4.5M from the EU, TSB, EPSRC and industry.
Professor Moataz Attallah holds a chair in advanced materials processing. He is the director of the Advanced Materials and Processing Laboratory (AMPLab) at the School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham.
His research focuses on studying the phase transformations, microstructure-property development, structural integrity and residual stress development in a number of netshape manufacturing technologies, including friction-based welding technologies (friction stir, inertia, and linear friction welding), netshape powder HIPping, and laser fabrication technologies (blown powder and laser powder bed).
His work combines the use of advanced characterisation techniques, as well as computational and numerical methods.
Other staff members:
- Isaac Chang (UoB), is currently participating in “FABLE” and “BUONAPART-E” projects on nanoparticles synthesis
- Yu Lung Chiu (UoB) has served on local and national committees on electron microscopy and contributed to numerous conferences as an invited speaker
- Mark Ward (see Theme 1)
- Helen Atkinson (see Theme 6)
- Jingzhe Pan (UoL) is a leading expert in sintering and engineering mechanics
- Csaba Sinka (UoL), whose research on sintering and powder flow is applied to net-shape processes and attracts funding from powder metallurgy and hard metals industries
- Adam Clare (UoN, see Theme 3)
- Andrew Kennedy (UoN) has been involved in numerous EPSRC, EU and DTI/TSB projects as PI, published over 80 journal papers
- Hengan Ou (UoN) published 100 papers, an EPSRC Peer College member since 2006, currently coordinating an EC FP7 Marie Curie IRSES project.