Dr Plato Kapranos

C.Eng., C.Env., FIoM3, SFHEA, FIEEP, SEDA, MWJS, MFYN

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Senior University Teacher

Dr Plato Kapranos
p.kapranos@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 5509

Full contact details

Dr Plato Kapranos
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD
Profile

Dr Kapranos is a Senior University Teacher and has been with the department since 1988 as a Senior Research Fellow on 'The development of the Thixoforming process'. He has also worked on the 'Development of Materials for Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Systems – OTECS' as well as 'Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Testing of Austenitic Stainless Steel Welds'.

His approach to teaching is based on personal continuous improvement through reflection, and on student-centred learning. He believes that here at Sheffield we train the ‘complete engineer’ of the future; ‘technically competent, globally aware, environmentally friendly and ethically equipped’.

He is involved in the teaching of ‘Personal & Professional Skills’, Distance Learning, research into 'The Interdisciplinary Future of Engineering Education' such as ideas for the need to develop a systemic and interdisciplinary approach to the education of future engineers on a model of student-based learning, the teaching of 'Creativity, Innovation, Enterprise and Ethics for Engineers' both for UG & PG levels, and the 'Use of Industrial SME Based Problem Based Learning to Promote and Embed Professional and Enterprising Skills'.

Qualifications

BSc Mech. Eng., PGDiploma in Management, MSc Welding Technology & Management, PhD., MSc in Education

Research interests
  • Semi-solid processing of alloys and composites
  • Non-destructive Testing
  • Welding technologies.
Publications

Books

  • Kapranos P & Kapranos P (2019) The Interdisciplinary Future of Engineering Education Breaking Through Boundaries in Teaching and Learning. Oxon: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P (2016) Engineering and Enterprise - Inspiring Innovation. Switzerland: Springer. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kirkwood DH, Suéry M, Kapranos P, Atkinson HV & Young KP (2010) Semi-solid Processing of Alloys. London/NY: Springer Verlag. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atkinson HV (2010) Thixoforming Steel. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kirkwood D, Kapranos P, Suéry M, Atkinson HV & Young KP (2010) Preface. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

Conference proceedings papers

  • Kapranos P (2016) Semi-solid processing of aluminium A201 - Expectations and fulfilment. 72nd World Foundry Congress, WFC 2016 (pp 215-216) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P (2013) Teaching and Learning in Engineering Education - Are we moving with the times?. 6TH INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON ENGINEERING EDUCATION (IFEE 2012), Vol. 102 (pp 3-10) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P (2008) Semi-Solid Metal Processing - A Process Looking for a Market. SEMI-SOLID PROCESSING OF ALLOYS AND COMPOSITES X, Vol. 141-143 (pp 1-8) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P, Haga T, Bertoli E, Pola A, Azpilgain Z & Hurtado I (2008) Thixo-extrusion of 5182 Aluminium Alloy. SEMI-SOLID PROCESSING OF ALLOYS AND COMPOSITES X, Vol. 141-143 (pp 115-120) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Solek KP, Mitura Z, Karbowniczek M, Kapranos P, Kuziak R & Dutkiewicz J (2008) Analysis of Rheological Properties of Steel near Solidus Point using Gleeble (R) Simulator. SEMI-SOLID PROCESSING OF ALLOYS AND COMPOSITES X, Vol. 141-143 (pp 325-330) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P (2008) Developments on the delivery of Non-technical modules to Engineering Materials & Bio-engineering students. Proceedings of the International Symposium for Engineering Education, ISEE-08 (pp 123-127). Dublin, 8 September 2008 - 10 September 2008. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P & Tsakiropoulos P (2008) Teaching Engineering Students. Proceedings of the International Symposium for Engineering Education, ISEE-08 (pp 25-34). Dublin, 8 September 2008 - 10 September 2008. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P (2008) Developments on the delivery of Non-technical modules to Engineering Materials & Bio-engineering students. Proceedings of the International Symposium for Engineering Education ISEE-08 (pp 123-130), 8 September 2008 - 10 September 2008. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Solek K, Kuziak R & Kapranos P (2007) Determination of material properties in the semi-solid state using gleeble simulator. 10th ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming, Pts A and B, Vol. 907 (pp 1179-1184) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hogg SC, Atkinson HV & Kapranos P (2007) Thixoforming of stellite powder compacts. 10th ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming, Pts A and B, Vol. 907 (pp 1191-1196) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Omar MZ, Atkinson JV, Kapranos P & Jaharah AG (2007) Mechanical properties and fracture surfaces of thixoformed HP9/4/30 steel. 10th ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming, Pts A and B, Vol. 907 (pp 1185-1190) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P (2007) 21st century Teaching & Learning - Kolb Cycle & Reflective Thinking as part of teaching, Creativity, Innovation, Enterprise and Ethics to Engineers. Proceedings of ISEE-07, International Symposium for Engineering Education (pp 3-11). Dublin City University, Ireland RIS download Bibtex download
  • Solek K, Mitura Z, Kuziak R & Kapranos P (2006) The use of ADINA software to simulate thixocasting processes. SEMI-SOLID PROCESSING OF ALLOYS AND COMPOSITES, Vol. 116-117 (pp 626-629) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Omar MZ, Atkinson HV, Palmiere EJ, Howe AA & Kapranos P (2006) Viscosity - shear rate relationship during the thixoforming of HP9/4/30 steel. SEMI-SOLID PROCESSING OF ALLOYS AND COMPOSITES, Vol. 116-117 (pp 677-680) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Haga T & Kapranos P (2004) Thixoforming of laminate made from semisolid cast strips. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY, Vol. 157-58 (pp 508-512) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P, Kirkwood DH, Atkinson HV, Rheinlander JT, Bentzen JJ, Toft PT, Debel CP, Laslaz G, Maenner L, Blais S , Rodriguez-Ibabe JM et al (2003) Thixoforming of an automotive part in A390 hypereutectic Al-Si alloy. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY, Vol. 135(2-3) (pp 271-277) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Haga T & Kapranos P (2002) Billetless simple thixoforming process. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY, Vol. 130 (pp 581-586) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Haga T & Kapranos P (2002) Simple rheocasting processes. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY, Vol. 130 (pp 594-598) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atkinson HV, Kapranos P, Liu D, Chayong SA & Kirkwood DH (2002) Thixoforming of normally wrought aluminium alloys. ALUMINUM ALLOYS 2002: THEIR PHYSICAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES PTS 1-3, Vol. 396-4 (pp 131-136) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P, Liu TY, Atkinson HV & Kirkwood DH (2001) Investigation into the rapid compression of semi-solid alloy slugs. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY, Vol. 111(1-3) (pp 31-36) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P, Atkinson HV & Kirkwood DH (2000) Rapid compression testing of semi-solid alloy slugs. SOLIDIFICATION AND GRAVITY 2000, Vol. 329-3 (pp 525-529) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P, Kirkwood DH & Barkhudarov MR (1998) Modeling of structural breakdown during rapid compression of semi-solid alloy slugs. 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SEMI-SOLID PROCESSING OF ALLOYS AND COMPOSITES, PROCEEDINGS (pp 11-19) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P, Kirkwood DH & Mani PH (1998) Semi-solid metal processing of ductile iron. 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SEMI-SOLID PROCESSING OF ALLOYS AND COMPOSITES, PROCEEDINGS (pp 431-438) RIS download Bibtex download
  • KAPRANOS P, KIRKWOOD DH & SELLARS CM (1993) SEMISOLID PROCESSING OF TOOL STEEL. JOURNAL DE PHYSIQUE IV, Vol. 3(C7) (pp 835-840) RIS download Bibtex download
  • KAPRANOS P, KIRKWOOD DH & SELLARS CM (1993) SEMISOLID FORGING OF HIGH-TEMPERATURE ALLOYS. PROCEEDINGS OF THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE SEMI-SOLID PROCESSING OF ALLOYS AND COMPOSITES (pp 119-129) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos PA (1984) FALSE INDICATIONS IN ULTRASONIC INSPECTION OF AUSTENITIC STAINLESS STEEL WELDMENTS - CAUSES AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS. (pp 263-270) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P () Thixoforming of Aluminum A201- Expectations and Fulfilment. Solid State Phenomena, Vol. 285 (pp 476-488) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P () Microstructural Development of Aluminum A201 Alloy Semi-Solid Processing Feedstock Produced by Different Routes. Solid State Phenomena, Vol. 285 (pp 302-310) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Saenpong P, Talangkun S, Sanyajivin S & Kapranos P () Effect of Particle Size and Weight Percent of SiC Particles on Microstructure and Hardness of A356-SiC Composites Produced by Semi-Solid Stir Casting. Solid State Phenomena, Vol. 285 (pp 296-301) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mingmuang D, Talangkun S, Thinvongpitak C, Kapranos P, Pronpijit A & Bowornkiatkaew W () Effect of Welding Speed on Deformation Behavior of Friction Welded Aluminium/Alumina. Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 718 (pp 148-153) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Haghayeghi R & Kapranos P () Direct-Chill Casting of AA7449 Aerospace Alloy under Electromagnetic and Ultrasonic Combined Fields. Materials Science Forum, Vol. 828-829 (pp 48-52) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Haghayeghi R & Kapranos P () A Comparison of Grain Refinement Efficiency by Shearing above and below the Liquidus. Solid State Phenomena, Vol. 217-218 (pp 23-28) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P () Net-Shaping Aerospace Alloys by Thixoforming RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P, Mitura Z, Solek K & Kuziak R () The use of ADINA software to simulate thixocasting processes RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P, Atkinson HV, Omar MZ, Palmiere EJ & Howe AA () Viscosity-shear rate relationship during thixoforming of HP9/4/30 Steel RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P () New directions in semi-solid metal processing (SSMP) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P () Semi-solid processing of aluminium alloys for aerospace applications RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P, Hogg SC & Atkinson HV () Thixoforming of Stellite Powder Compacts RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P () Thixoforming: from automotive to aerospace RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P, Hogg SC & Atkinson HV () Thixoforming of Stellite Powder Compacts RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P () 21st century Teaching & Learning - Kolb Cycle & Reflective Thinking as part of teaching, Creativity, Innovation, Enterprise and Ethics to Engineers RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P () Overview of the semisolid process for aluminium alloys RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P () Introduction to semi-solid forming – A Global Vision RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P () The effect of fabrication method on the microstructure of 5182 aluminum alloy feedstock for thixo-extrusion RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P & Tsakiropoulos P () TEACHING ENGINEERING STUDENTS RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P, Haga T, Bertoli E, Pola A, Azpilgain Z & Hurtado I () Thixo-extrusion of 5182 aluminium alloy RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P, Sołek K, Mitura Z, Karbowniczek M, Kuziak R & Dutkiewicz J () Analysis of rheological properties of alloys near the solidus point using a Gleeble simulator RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P () Semi-Solid Metal Processing – A Process Looking for a Market RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P & Kirkwood DH () Thixoforming M2 Tool Steels – A study of Different Feedstock Routes RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P, Dutkiewicz J, Rogal Ł, Sołek K & Mitura Z () Thixoforming of Sprayformed M2 Tool Steel RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P () Introducing Creativity, Innovation, Enterprise & Ethics to Engineers – an inquiry-based learning approach RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P () Embedding Learning & Thinking styles into Engineering Materials courses RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P () Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Materials Engineering RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P () Cradle to? Introducing Environmental Issues into the teaching of Engineering Materials RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P () The challenge of Introducing Environmental Issues into the teaching of Engineering Materials: a story of reflective teaching and inquiry based learning RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kapranos P () International Symposium on Engineering Education - Interdisciplinary Engineering - Breaking Boundaries. ISEE 2016 Conference Proceedings; Ed. P. Kapranos RIS download Bibtex download

Dictionary/encyclopaedia entries

Grants

White Rose Collaboration Fund has been successful (York, Leeds, Sheffield) "Innovating the Future of Bio-Inspired Autonomous Robots"

Teaching interests

Teaching & learning methodologies and practice, teaching & learning research, engineering education, the modern research environment, enterprise, transferable skills, and employability.

Professional activities
  • Guest Editor for Special Issue on "Net-Shape Die Casting of Semi-solid Alloys" to be published in the open access journal Metals
  • Guest Editor for Special Issue on "Semi-Solid Processing Technology in Metals" to be published in the open access journal Metals
  • Recipient of a centenary award for outstanding achievement – University of Sheffield
  • Manager of Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) funds for COST Action 541
    UK Representative to the Management Committee of COST Action 541 ‘THIXOSTEEL’
  • Participant in two ERASMUS exchanges under the Teaching Staff Mobility scheme with Politecnico of Torino (Italy) & University of Mondragon (Spain)
  • Member of Focus Group EPSRC/University of Sheffield Strategic Framework Agreement
  • Standing member of the International Organising Committee for the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Int. Conferences on ‘Semi-Solid Processing of Alloys and Composites’, since 2000.
  • Standing member of the Organising Committee of the Int. Conf. in High Tech. Die Casting, HTDC since 2004.
  • Visiting lecturer at the School of Mines, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, The University of Oviedo, Spain
  • Visiting Professor, University of Campinas - UNICAMP, Department of Materials Science, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Invited Lecturer on the Masters of Innovation in Casting Technology – Mondragon University, Spain
  • Visiting Professor University of Osaka Prefecture
  • Member of International Panel for the Conference on Creative Education; Member of the International Panel for the International Forum on Engineering Education; Member of the International Advisory Panel , 3rd International Symposium of Engineering Education at University College Cork, Eire, 1st - 2nd July 2010; Member of the Advisory Committee for the International Symposium on Advanced Forming and Die Manufacturing Technology – AFDM, Member of the International Advisory Board for the International Conference and Exhibition on Aluminium-Based Materials for the Automotive Industry, Member of Scientific Committee for Int. Conf. on Advanced Materials, Member of the International Organising Committee for the M&P 2005, 2nd JSME/ASME International Conference on Materials and Processing, Member of the Editorial Panel for Elsevier Editorial System (EES), the online submission and peer review tracking system for The 37th International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films, Member of North East Derbyshire’s Citizens’ Panel.

Referee for:

  • International Journal of Cast Metals Research, Materials Science and Technology, Metallurgical & Materials Transactions and Composites Part A: applied science and manufacturing, Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, Journal of Materials Science, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, Surface Coatings & Technology.

Patents:

  • An improved method of ultrasonic inspection, Kapranos, Owner Industry, BNFL, 1984
  • Technique for Characterising Materials used in Thixoforging, Patent, University of Sheffield, P. Kapranos & DH Kirkwood, 1998