Welding is the process used to join materials by applying heat, sometimes with pressure and sometimes with an intermediate or filler metal.
Welding is probably the most important technique for fabricating complex structures in engineering alloys such as aluminium, titanium, nickel and steel.
Fusion welding processes which involve melting of the parts to be joined by, for example, an electric arc or a laser, are more commonly used in industry than solid state welding where high pressure is used to create solid state bonding.
In spite of the great importance of welding, there is insufficient research on topics including weld metallurgy, dissimilar metal welds, modelling and simulation of welding processes, structural integrity of welded joints in service.
These areas are all ones which will be included in the portfolio of research projects at IMPaCT.
The Welding theme is led by Graham McCartney (UoN), who has over 120 peer reviewed journal publications in welding and surface treatment, more than 80 conference papers and 2 patents, was awarded the IOM3 Grunfeld Medal and a Member of the Board of Review of Metal.& Mater. Trans.
Other staff members:
- Adib Becker (see Theme 7)
- Chris Bennett (UoN), a newly appointed lecturer who was a research fellow in the Rolls-Royce UTC
- Wei Sun (UoN), a member of the editorial board of “Pressure Equipment & Systems” and “Advances in Theoretical & Applied Mechanics”, published over 200 papers
- Mark Ward (see Theme 1)
- Moataz Attallah (see Theme 4)
- Martin Strangwood (UoB) is an expert in the fields of phase transformations and microstructural modelling related to casting & welding. He is PI on an EU FP7 project
- Hongbiao Dong (see Theme 1)
- Andy Abbott (UOL), an expert on material modification using novel solvents, developed a wide range of ionic liquids & eutectic solvents for use in metal processing, coordinated the €13M IONMET European network, awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Green Chemistry Medal, Industrial Medal, the Green Chemistry Award, Energy Efficiency Award.