Alloy Design and Processing

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To achieve these goals, the application of new, high-strength and lightweight materials has to be combined with advanced lightweight design.

Our current partners include primary metal manufacturers, automotive companies and suppliers, small manufacturing firms, spin off companies and, of course, we work extensively with multidisciplinary national and international research organizations.

Our Research

Metals

Reducing the weight of vehicles for increased fuel efficiency is a high priority and this has intensified the focus on lightweight metals. The metals group, led by Professor Matthew Barnett, combines world leading research in the development of new, high-performance materials such as ultra high strength steels, advanced magnesium alloys for fast extrusion and metal laminates. Our steel research, led by Professor Peter Hodgson, focuses on developing greener processes and products for a more sustainable and socially responsible steel industry.

Metal forming

IFM's sheet metal forming research targets the automotive, aerospace and construction industries. Our research focuses on the development of advanced material models and innovative manufacturing technologies for the forming of current and future sheet materials.

Led by Dr Matthias Weiss and Dr Michael Pereira, the group's research focuses on developing advanced material models and innovative manufacturing technologies for the forming of current and future sheet materials.

Lightweight design

The lightweight design group, led by Dr Tim de Souza, uses research in advanced material and process development, material characterisation and modelling to establish advanced and low-cost lightweight structure solutions for industry.

  • Novel, unique functions and applications of nanofibres, e.g. advanced air filters and face masks; biomedical applications; sound absorbing and noise shielding products
  • New nanofibre production and assembly technologies
  • Advanced electrospinning technologies
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