IMPaCT is already working in technical partnership with the following organisations across key sectors, and is currently welcoming further applications from additional partners keen to benefit from the technical research undertaken at the center.

To contact the CDT for industrial collaboration please use the contact form on the right.

Our Industrial Partners from the Aerospace and Power Generation sectors include Aero Engine Control (AEC), Alstom Power, Doncasters Group, Rolls-Royce, and TWI Ltd.

Impact also partners with Welding and Pipeline specialists from the Oil and Gas sectors, including Tata Steel and TWI Ltd.

We are working in partnership with large facilities such as Diamond Light Source (Diamond), European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), And the ISIS pulsed neutron source.

Internationally, we are partnered with Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany, TUDelft in The Netherlands and the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA).

If you would like to contact the CDT regarding a possible collaboration, please use the form below, we aim to respond to you within 3 working days.

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Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies.

Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids.

Alstom has the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of thermal technologies – coal, gas, oil and nuclear – and holds leading positions in turnkey power plants, power generation equipment and air quality control systems, and services for the installed base. Alstom has the most comprehensive range of renewable power generation solutions today: hydro power, wind power, geothermal, biomass and solar.

With ocean energies, Alstom has been the leading supplier in hydro power, the largest source of renewable energy on the planet.


Doncasters Group Ltd is a leading international engineering group that manufactures precision components and assemblies for the aerospace, industrial gas turbines, specialist automotive, petrochemical, construction, industrial, transportation and recreation markets.

The group excels in working with alloys and metals that are difficult to shape and form. Doncasters operates from sites in the UK, Continental Europe, USA, China and Mexico.

Leveraging the synergies of our superalloy manufacturing, casting, forging, fabrication, machining and assembly capabilities, Doncasters is in a unique position of being able to offer an in-house, vertically-integrated Supply Chain solution for our customers.


ESI Group is a pioneer and world-leading provider in Virtual Prototyping that takes into account the physics of materials. ESI Grou[ boasts a unique know-how in Virtual Product Engineering, based on an integrated suite of coherent, industry-oriented applications. Addressing manufacturing industries, Virtual Product Engineering aims to replace physical prototypes by realistically simulating a product’s behavior during testing, to fine-tune fabrication and assembly processes in accordance with desired product performance, and to evaluate the impact on product use under normal or accidental conditions.

ESI Group’s solutions fit into a single collaborative and open environment for End-to-End Virtual Prototyping. These solutions are delivered using the latest technologies, including immersive Virtual Reality, to bring products to life in 3D; helping customers make the right decisions throughout product development. The company employs about 1000 high-level specialists worldwide covering more than 40 countries.


Rolls-Royce is probably best known for making engines for the world’s biggest airliners and advanced military aircraft. However, we also produce low-emission power systems for ships – some of which we design ourselves – make critical equipment and safety systems for the nuclear industry and, power offshore platforms and major pipelines for the oil and gas industry. We support our customers with a global network of service centres.


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.


TWI is a world leading research and technology organisation. From bases in UK, USA, China, Malaysia, Middle East, India and Australia, over 700 staff provide technical support in joining and technologies such as material science, structural integrity, NDT, surfacing, electronic packaging and cutting.

Services include generic research, contract R&D, technical information, consultancy, standards drafting, training and qualification. TWI offers a single, impartial source of service for joining engineering materials.

TWI is internationally renowned for its multidisciplinary teams that implement established or advanced joining technology solving problems at any stage – from initial design, materials selection, production and quality assurance, through service performance to repair.


The ISIS Pulsed Neutron Source, the only such facility in Europe, is situated at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK. ISIS produces beams of pulsed neutrons and neutron scattering provides unique information on the structure and dynamics of condensed matter at the atomic and molecular level. The engineering beamline ENGIN-X at ISIS is the world’s leading neutron diffractometer.

The ENGIN-X instrument can be used to measure strain and stress deep within engineering components, including under representative service conditions such as temperature and external loads. This information is used to shed light on deformation mechanisms, processing and manufacturing routes, and failure mechanisms both in real components and in test samples, often to provide data for the verification of finite element modelling predictions of engineering processes or for comparison with other methods of residual stress measurement.

The instrument is optimized for measurement of residual stress and in-situ thermo-mechanical processing of engineering alloy systems, and is widely used by industry and academia.


Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron. It works like a giant microscope, harnessing the power of electrons to produce bright light that scientists can use to study anything from fossils to jet engines to viruses and vaccines.

The machine accelerates electrons to near light speeds so that they give off light 10 billion times brighter than the sun. These bright beams are then directed off into laboratories known as ‘beamlines’. Here, scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology.


As an international leader, the ESRF participates in many local, national, and international partnerships. The facility shares a physical site, called the European Photon and Neutron Science Campus, with the neutron source Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). Together, they have created a hub of excellence that has stimulated co-location of specialist laboratories such as the Institute for Structural Biology, the Partnership for Structural Biology, the Partnership for Soft Condensed Matter and industrial research collaborations. In Grenoble, the ESRF is also member of the GIANT campus and partner of the COMUE (University) Grenoble Alpes.


The Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS) is a research centre at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.

ICAMS focuses on the development and application of a new generation of simulation tools for multi-scale materials modelling with the aim of reducing development cost and time for new materials. Within the approach taken by ICAMS, the different length scales that are relevant for materials – from the atomic structure to macroscopic properties of materials – are bridged by an interdisciplinary team of scientists from engineering, materials science, chemistry, physics and mathematics.


TU Delft’s mission is to make a significant contribution towards a sustainable society for the twenty-first century by conducting groundbreaking scientific and technological research which is acknowledged as world-class, by training scientists and engineers with a genuine commitment to society and by helping to translate knowledge into technological innovations and activity with both economic and social value.


The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) was formed in Brussels in 1989,
and has three key missions:

  • To Promote and Develop PM Technology in Europe
  • To Represent the European PM Industry within Europe and Internationally
  • To Develop the Future of PM

These are achieved using a variety of means, a selection of which are described on the EPMA Activities page. We at the EPMA serve all types of member organisations; from component, metal powder, and equipment producers to end-users, research centres, universities, and individuals who have an interest in PM.