Dr Pete Osborne

MEng, PhD

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Pete Osborne
Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
Factory of the Future, Advanced Manufacturing Park
Wallis Way, Catcliffe
S60 5TZ

Dr Pete Osborne is the Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), where he plays a leading role in the development of the AMRC‘s technology strategy.

Pete is the Principle Investigator and Director of the EPSRC funded Innovation Launchpad Network+. This network was granted £6.8 million from the EPSRC in 2022 to bring together universities, the Catapult Network and regional innovation ecosystems to accelerate the adoption of knowledge from academia into the wider world. Our primary vehicle for this is the Researchers in Residence scheme which provides funded opportunities for university researchers to collaborate with the Catapults and grow the maturity of new technologies, tools, and techniques.

Pete is also a Co-Investigator in the EPSRC-NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore wind energy and the environment. Within the CDT, he leads Theme 3: Next generation materials and manufacturing and teaches the first year module on Materials and manufacturing for offshore wind.

Pete has worked at the AMRC for more than 17 years, working on a wide range of industrially focussed research programmes for companies such as Boeing, Rolls-Royce and Siemens Gamesa. In 2013. Pete won a BAE Chairman’s Bronze award for work developing a 3D tool wear measurement approach as part of which enabled them to make multi-million-pound savings on the tooling for the F35 programme. Pete also led the delivery of the AMRC’s contribution to the Rolls-Royce High Performance Disc Manufacturing workstream within the SAMULET programme. This project developed new methods of manufacture for the key disc components within Rolls-Royce’s Trent family of engines which underpinned their decision to build their UK Disc facility in Washington, UK.

Pete obtained his MEng (2002) and PhD (2006) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sheffield. His PhD investigated the use of ultrasound to measure the contact and sealing of elements within the Regenesys Technologies experimental field cell where he developed a novel method of measuring the sealing performance between elements of the fuel cell stack.


MEng (2002) and PhD (2006) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sheffield

Research interests

Pete’s current research focus is on the development of road mapping processes to provide foresight on future technology, workforce and supply chain needs of the UK. He is a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Pete is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Innovation Launchpad Network+ and he is also a co-investigator in the AURA Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind and the Environment.


Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Osborne P, Armendia M, Garay A, Iriarte LM, Belloso J, Turner S & Arrazola P (2010) The influence of heat treatment in the machinability of titanium alloys: Ti6Al4V and Ti-5Al-4V-0.6 Mo-0.4 Fe (Ti54M). 4th CIRP international conference on high performance cutting RIS download Bibtex download
  • Dwyer-Joyce RS, Osborne P & Beck SBM (2006) Measurements of contact and leakge in a pipe flange gasket. Proceedings of STLE/ASME International Joint Tribology Conference, IJTC 2006, Vol. 2006 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Osborne P & Turner MS () The effect of cutting tool geometry on tool life when side cutting beta annealed Titanium 6Al/4V. IRP 2nd International Conference on Process Machine Interactions. University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada., 10 June 2010 - 11 June 2010. RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Osborne P Contact Mechanics in Polymers for Fuel Cell Design. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Osborne P The Design and Analysis of a Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic Formula Student Chassis.. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

AMRC Research Function


Pete has been involved in a number of research projects, spanning various technology readiness levels, during his time at the AMRC. Recent projects include:

EPSRC, Innovation Launchpad Network+, (PI) April 2022 - April 2025 £6,840,915 Grant References EP/W037009/1 and EP/X528493/1

EPSRC, EPSRC and NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment, (Co-I), March 2019 - September 2027, £5,769,997. Grant Reference: EP/S023763/1

Innovate UK, KTP CW Fletcher, (PI), June 2016 - June 2018, £135,839. Grant reference: KTP010096