Professor Martin Jackson


Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Professor of Advanced Metals Processing

Professor Martin Jackson
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Professor Martin Jackson
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

After obtaining an M.Eng (First) from The University of Sheffield, Martin Jackson initially followed an aerospace materials career working for Rolls-Royce before studying for his PhD at Imperial College London – "predicting microstructural evolution during forging of Ti alloys (EPSRC/QinetiQ)". 

Between 2001 and 2005 he worked as a Research Associate at Imperial on projects such as "high strain rate superplasticity in Al alloys (EPSRC)" and "the production of Ti Alloys via the FFC Cambridge process (ONR/DARPA)".

In 2005 he was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC Research Fellowship and moved back to the department in 2008. Martin was appointed to Senior Lecturer in 2011, Reader in Metals Processing in 2017, Professor in 2019 and is UK representative on the World Titanium Committee.

Research interests

Martin's research centres on the effect of solid state processes from upstream extraction technologies through to downstream finishing processes on microstructural evolution and mechanical properties in light alloys, and in particular titanium alloys.

A major research interest is to provide a step change in the economics of titanium-based alloys through the development of non-melt consolidation routes such as the FFC Process, FAST-Forge and continuous rotary extrusion.

Key projects:

  • Novel non-melt consolidation methods for Ti powder and Ni superalloy powders
  • Recycling of Ti swarf and production of low-cost wire feedstocks for additive manufacturing
  • Hot forging and near net shape FAST-forging of aerospace Ti and Ni alloys and emerging automotive alloys
  • Machinability of aerospace Ti alloys and Ni superalloys
  • The role of surface conditioning on fatigue life, residual stress and crack initiation in Ti alloys
  • Solid state modeling (DEFORM) and thermodynamical modeling (Thermo-Calc DICTRA) of titanium alloy solid state processing

Sheffield Titanium Research Alloy (STAR)

Research associates:

  • *Dr Ben Thomas – Simulation and characterisation of FAST process for metals
  • *Dr Nick Weston – development of FAST-forge process for recycling of titanium alloys
  • *Dr Jacob Pope - development of FAST-forge process for recycling of titanium alloys
  • *Daniel Suarez Fernandez – high speed machining / fatigue of aerospace titanium alloys

*principal investigator


Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers

  • Weston NS, Holden C, Ingall D, Lunn D, Williams S, Balderson J & Jackson M (2021) FAST STEP 3: Field Assisted Sintering Technology for Swarf Titanium to Engine Parts in 3 steps. Euro PM2021 Congress Proceedings RIS download Bibtex download
  • Graves A, Norgren S, Crawforth P & Jackson M (2020) Surface roughness response to drilling of Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr using Ti-Al-N PVD coated and uncoated WC/Co tools. Procedia CIRP, Vol. 87 (pp 170-175). Mondragón, Spain, 1 June 2020 - 5 June 2020. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Childerhouse T, Hernandez-Nava E, M’Saoubi R, Tapoglou N & Jackson M (2020) Surface and sub-surface integrity of Ti-6Al-4V components produced by selective electron beam melting with post-build finish machining. Procedia CIRP, Vol. 87 (pp 309-314). Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain, 1 June 2020 - 5 June 2020. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Marshall LB, Benson LL, Weston NS, Repper SE, Jackson M & Mellor I (2017) Development of titanium alloy powders produced via the metalysis process. Proceedings Euro PM 2017: International Powder Metallurgy Congress and Exhibition RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hatt O, Larsson H, Giuliani F, Crawforth P, Wynne B & Jackson M (2016) Predicting Chemical Wear in Machining Titanium Alloys Via a Novel Low Cost Diffusion Couple Method. Procedia CIRP, Vol. 45 (pp 219-222) RIS download Bibtex download
  • crawforth P, thomas M, wynne B, turner S & Jackson M (2012) High performance machining of Ti-834: Mechanisms of microstructural damage. Ti 2011 - Proceedings of the 12th World Conference on Titanium, Vol. 3 (pp 1607-1611) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Jones NG, Dashwood RJ, Dye D & Jackson M (2012) Understanding the behaviour of Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr during subtransus isothermal forging. Ti 2011 - Proceedings of the 12th World Conference on Titanium, Vol. 1 (pp 226-230) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Crawforth P, Thomas M, Wynne B, Turner S & Jackson M (2012) High performance machining of Ti-834: Mechanisms of microstructural damage. Ti 2011 - Proceedings of the 12th World Conference on Titanium, Vol. 2 (pp 1607-1611) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Thomas M, Lindley T, Rugg D & Jackson M (2012) High cycle fatigue properties of Ti-834 following prolonged thermal exposure in air. Ti 2011 - Proceedings of the 12th World Conference on Titanium, Vol. 3 (pp 1872-1876) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ward-Close M & Jackson M (2012) Advances in titanium research and technology in the UK. Ti 2011 - Proceedings of the 12th World Conference on Titanium, Vol. 1 (pp 3-9) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Garcia DA, Dashwood RJ, Jackson M & Dye D (2009) Multiple extrusion and consolidation of Al-4Mg-1Zr. ALUMINUM ALLOYS: FABRICATION, CHARACTERIZATION AND APPLICATIONS II (pp 31-36) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Raghunathan SL, Dashwood R, Jackson M, Vogel S & Dye D (2009) IN SITU OBSERVATION OF TEXTURE EVOLUTION IN Ti-10-2-3. APPLICATIONS OF TEXTURE ANALYSIS, Vol. 201 (pp 65-72) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Dashwood R, Jackson M, Dring K, Rao K, Bhagat R & Inman D (2007) Development of the ffc cambridge process for the production of titanium and its alloys. Innovations in Titanium Technology (pp 49-58) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Grimes R, Dashwood RJ, Dorban A, Jackson M, Katsas S, Pong I & Todd G (2007) Development of superplastic properties in quasi single phase alloys. Superplasticity in Advanced Materials, Vol. 551-552 (pp 357-364) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Dring K, Jackson M, Dashwood R, Flower H & Inman D (2004) Electrochemical deoxidation mechanisms of titanium oxides. COST-AFFORDABLE TITANIUM (pp 95-102) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Grimes R, Dashwood RJ, Flower HM, Jackson M, Katsas S & Todd G (2003) Progress towards high superplastic strain rate aluminium alloys. SUPERPLASTICITY IN ADVANCED MATERIALS, Vol. 447-4 (pp 213-219) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Jackson M, Dashwood RJ, Christodoulou L & Flower HM (2001) Thermomechanical processing of titanium alloys: the application of a novel technique to examine sub-beta transits isothermal forging of Ti-6Al-2Sn-4Zr-6Mo. TITANIUM ALLOYS AT ELEVATED TEMPERATURE: STRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICE BEHAVIOUR, Vol. 755(4) (pp 89-101) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Weston N, Derguti F & Jackson M () Exploitation of Spark Plasma Sintering and One-Step Forging for Cost-Effective Processing of Titanium Alloy Powders (pp 123-128) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calvert E, Wynne BP & Jackson M () Exploitation of Field-Assisted Sintering Technology (FAST) to Produce Pre-Forged Billets from Metastable Beta Titanium Alloy Powder. Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 716 (pp 800-816) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Elarbi A, Jackson M & Wynne B () Hot compression deformation flow behaviour analysis of α+β Ti 6Al-2Sn-4Zr-6Mo Titanium Alloy. the 12 World Conference on Titanium. Beijing, China, 19 June 2011 - 24 June 2011. RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Suarez Fernandez D An Assessment of the Effect of Machining and Forging Texture on the Fatigue Performance of Aerospace Titanium Alloys. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Research students:

  • *Sarah Smythe – continuous extrusion of swarf and new titanium powder feedstocks
  • *Chris Dredge – development of small-scale machining tests for titanium alloys
  • *Alex Graves – development of mechanistic approach to drilling of titanium alloys
  • *Oliver Levano – development of FAST-forge for dissimilar titanium alloy powders
  • *Simon Graham – development and processing of novel high iron content titanium alloys
  • *Thomas Childerhouse – precision machining of titanium near net shape components
  • *James Pepper - Simulation and characterisation of FAST process for titanium powders
  • *Sam Lister – development of FAST-forge of titanium alloys for aerospace applications
  • *Cameron Barrie - development of AM and FAST for next generation titanium components

*principal investigator

Teaching interests

Having worked in - and carried out metallurgy research with - the aerospace industry for 20 years, Martin's expertise and teaching centres around the metallurgy of advanced light alloys and associated manufacturing for the aerospace and automotive sectors, with module structures that aim to provide engineering students with applied industrial experience of metals manufacturing.

Martin has written three book chapters on titanium alloys for both undergraduates and postgraduates studying the disciplines of aerospace, materials and automotive engineering.

He is module leader for Aerospace Metals, Industrial Training Programme #3: Aerospace Materials; Advanced Metals Manufacturing parts 1 and 2. He has designed and delivered a number of Industrial Training Programmes (ITPs) to enable both Aerospace and Materials Science and Engineering undergraduates to work with key industries such as Rolls-Royce and their engineers on technically challenging metals manufacturing projects.

Professional activities and memberships
  • UK (IoM3) representative on Titanium Conference International Organisation Committee
  • Member of the IoM3 Light Metals Committee
  • Member of the IoM3 Advanced Sheet Metal Forming Committee
  • Council Member of the Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship (2005 - 2010)
  • IoM3 Titanium Prize 2003