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.
Theme Lead: TBC
Other staff members:
- Adib Becker (UoN), who is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Head of the Structural Integrity and Dynamics Research Group at the University of Nottingham.
- 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 (UoB), leads a £1M industrial project on titanium alloys and processing with Timet, won the IET Measurement Award
- Moataz Attallah (UoB), 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.
- 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 (UoL), is internationally renowned for his work in solidification and its application in casting and welding, coordinating a €4.8M EU-FP7 project, a Key Reader for MMTA, a member of ISIS User Committee and the Steering Committee of EuMaT.
- 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.