Richard ThackrayDr Richard Thackray

Lecturer in Steelmaking

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5963
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5943

Address: Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Richard Thackray was appointed to academic staff in 2003 as Corus (now Tata Steel) Lecturer in Steelmaking. He obtained his BEng and PhD in Metallurgy at Imperial College London and held research appointments in academia, before moving to Sheffield. Richard is a recognised authority on steelmaking and continuous casting.

Research interests

Sustainable steelmaking
Research is focussed on identifying strategies to produce more energy efficient steelmaking processes and to improve material efficiency. We work with industrial partners such as Siemens to investigate sustainable plate manufacture, and with Tata Steel to conduct research in areas as diverse as alternative materials for ironmaking, dephosphorisation mechanisms in oxygen steelmaking, the effect of reduced niobium content on microstructure of pipeline grades, life cycle analysis and substance flow analysis of critical elements used in steelmaking, use of alternative waste streams in primary steel production, and improved reuse and recycling of by-products.

Secondary steelmaking and continuous casting
Research is centred on understanding the effect of thermomechanical processing on inclusion formation and behaviour as well as developing new methodologies for characterising inclusions. Casting research focuses on understanding the role of mould powders on the both the internal and surface quality of cast products, particularly casting of next generation (TRIP, DP) steels.

Other areas of active research include modelling and design of castings for the nuclear supply chain, modelling of the behaviour of steel in fire, and the development of new modelling methodologies for predicting microstructure and segregation in continuously cast steels.

Professional activities and recognition
  • FAN - Faculty Aerospace Network logoPast Chair of the Iron and Steel Society, a division of IOM3
  • Member of the Sustainable Development Group of IOM3
  • Member of the Casting and Solidification Group of IOM3
  • Member of the Association of Iron and Steel Technologists
  • Member of worldsteel Education and Training Committee
  • Editorial Board of Ironmaking and Steelmaking
  • Past President of the Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association
Research group

Research assistants

  • Michal Miekina (KTP Associate with Prince Minerals)

Research students

  • Omar Khalid (Effect of niobium on microstructure development during reheating of steel)
  • Raheel Afzaal (LCA of critical elements in steelmaking)
  • Kamal Miah (Industrial symbiosis in the steel industry)
  • Mustafa Seyrek (Casting of next generation steels)
  • Jose Espinosa (Effect of mould powder on continuously cast product quality)

Project students

  • Fu Hang Wong (Inclusions in Steel)
  • Fauzi Rusli (Residuals in Steel)
  • Mufaddal Totanawala (Oxygen Steelmaking)
  • Sajaad Nazim (Oxygen Steelmaking)
Selected recent publications
  • Naranjo-Espinosa, Thackray and Fernandez, “Assessing the Effect of Deoxidation Practice on Distribution of Non Metallic Inclusions in Cast and Forged Steel”, ESTAD, Vienna, June 2017
  • Seyrek and Thackray, “The Effect of CaO/Al2O3 Ratio on Steel-Slag Interaction for High-Al Steel Casting”, 9th European Continuous Casting Conference, Vienna, June 2017
  • Karagianni, Lamkin and Thackray, “Microstructural Development of Dry Vibration Linings in a Foundry”, Eurogress Aachen, Sep 2016
  • Seyrek and Thackray, “Effect of B2O3 and CaO/Al2O3 Ratio on Crystallinity of CaO-Al2O3 Based Mould Fluxes”, MOLTEN 2016, Seattle. May 2016
  • Faraji, Wilcox, Thackray, Todd, Howe and Tsakiropoulos, “Quantitative Characterization of Inclusions in Continuously Cast High-Carbon Steel”, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B 46(6) pp 2490-2502 September 2015
  • Bull, Palmiere, Thackray, Burgess and Davison, “Tensile Behaviour of Galvanised Grade 8.8 Bolt Assemblies in Fire”, Journal of Structural Fire Engineering 6(3):197-212 57 September 2015
  • Calvert, Pollard, Jackson, Wynne and Thackray, “Determining a Flow Stress Model for High Temperature Deformation of Ti-6Al-4V”, Materials Science Forum 828-829:441-446 August 2015
  • Afzal, Hodgson, Coleman and Thackray, “Supply and Recovery of Critical Alloys in the Steel Industry”, ESEC, Teesside, Sep 2014
  • Faraji, Wilcox, Thackray, Todd, Howe and Tsakiropoulos, “Effect of early stages of thermomechanical processing on inclusions in high carbon steel”, Materials Science and Technology 30(10):1177-1188 August 2014
  • Ye, Thackray, Lee & Zhang, “Microstructure and Rheological Properties of Titanium Carbide Coated Carbon Black Particles Synthesised from Molten Salt” Journal of Materials Science 48(18): 6269-6275, Sep 2013
  • TA Tran and Thackray, “Simulated and Experimental Study of Segregation in Continuously Cast High Carbon Bloom Steel”, AISTech 2012 Proceedings Volume 1, p1221-1228, 7-10 May 2012, Atlanta, USA

Book Chapter

  • Metallurgy, M. Burdekin and R.P,Thackray, Steel Designers Manual, 7th Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, (2012)