Dr Martin JacksonDr Martin Jackson

MEng PhD DIC
Senior Lecturer
Director of Aerospace Engineering

Email: martin.jackson@sheffield.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 5474
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5943

Address: Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield, 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 and is the UK representative on the World Titanium Committee.

Teaching interests

Having both worked in and carried out metallurgy research with the aerospace industry for 20 years, his 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.

Aerospace Materials ITP logoHe 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.


FAN - Faculty Aerospace Network logoMartin is currently the Director of Aerospace Engineering and in 2016 launched the Faculty Aerospace Network (FAN) in order to provide a stronger sense of community for staff and students in aerospace engineering. FAN provides the aerospace community with both technical seminars through to social events.

Research interests

Titanium powderMartin'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
  • High performance machining of aerospace Ti alloys and development of small-scale processes to assess machinability and tool wear
  • 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 Alloy ResearchSheffield Titanium Research Alloy (STAR)

Research group

Research associates:

  • *Dr Ben Thomas – solid state processing and modeling of titanium alloy wire from powder
  • *Mr Nick Weston – development of new FAST-forge process for titanium alloys
  • *Mr Oliver Hatt – machining of titanium alloys and tool design

Research students:

  • *Graham Richards – superplastic forming / alpha case formation in Ti alloys
  • *Adam Cox – machining / fatigue of high strength beta titanium alloys
  • James Pollard – direct extrusion and residual stress in titanium alloys
  • *Emma Calvert – FAST-forge of high strength beta titanium alloy powders
  • *Lyndsey Benson – development of new titanium alloys from synthetic rutile
  • *Maureen Aceves – cryogenic machining of aerospace and surgical grade titanium alloys
  • *Kyle Marshall – FAST-forge and machining of Ni superalloys
  • *Jacob Pope – FAST-forge and diffusion bonding of titanium alloy powders
  • *Sarah Smythe – continuous extrusion of swarf and new titanium powder feedstocks
  • *Sam Robinson – continuous extrusion of titanium powder into shaped profiles
  • *Daniel Suarez Fernandez – high speed machining / fatigue of aerospace titanium alloys
  • *Chris Dredge – high speed machining of aerospace titanium alloys

*principal investigator

Professional activities and recognition
  • 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
Key publications

Book Chapters:

  • M. Jackson, R.R Boyer, “Titanium and its Alloys: Processing, Fabrication and Mechanical Properties, Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering”, Edited by Richard Blockley and Wei Shyy (eds), 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. ISBN: 978-0-470-75440-5 pp.2117-2132
  • M. Jackson, (2015) “Automotive Applications for Titanium” In D. Crolla, D.E. Foster, T. Kobayashi and N. Vaughan (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Automotive Engineering, John Wiley & Sons Ltd: Chichester, pp. 3125-3140.
  • M. Jackson, “Superplastic forming and diffusion bonding of titanium alloys” Superplastic forming of advanced metallic materials: Methods and applications, Ed. by G Giuliano, © 2011 Woodhead Publishing Ltd., Cambridge, UK, ISBN: 1 84569 753 7

Selected journal publications:

  • N.S. Weston and M. Jackson; FAST-forge − a new cost-effective hybrid processing route for consolidating titanium powder into near net shape forged components, Journal of Materials Processing Technology 243 (2017) 335-346.
  • O. Hatt, P. Crawforth and M. Jackson, On the mechanism of tool crater wear during titanium alloy machining, Wear, Vol. 374–375 (2017) 15-20.
  • B. M. Thomas, F. Derguti and M. Jackson, Continuous extrusion of a commercially pure titanium powder via the Conform process, Materials Science and Technology (2016), DOI: 10.1080/02670836.2016.1245256
  • L.L. Benson, I. Mellor, M. Jackson, Direct reduction of synthetic rutile using the FFC process to produce low-cost novel titanium alloys, Journal of Materials Science (2016) 51:4250–4261
  • N.S. Weston, F. Derguti, A. Tudball, M. Jackson, Spark plasma sintering of commercial and development titanium alloy powders, Journal of Materials Science (2015) 50:pp. 4860–4878
  • P. Crawforth, B. Wynne, S. Turner,  M. Jackson, The effect of turning on microstructural damage in titanium alloys, Scripta Materialia 67 (2012) pp. 842-845
  • M. Thomas, T.C Lindley, D. Rugg, M. Jackson, The effect of shot peening on the microstructure and properties of a near-alpha titanium alloy following high temperature exposure, Acta Materialia 60 (13-14) (2012) 5040-5048.
  • M. Thomas, M. Jackson, The role of temperature and alloy chemistry on subsurface deformation mode during shot peening of titanium alloys, Scripta Materialia 66 (2012) 1065-1068
  • M. Thomas, S. Turner, M. Jackson, Microstructural damage during high-speed milling of titanium alloys, Scripta Materialia 62 (2010) 250-253.
  • M. Thomas, T.C Lindley, M. Jackson, The microstructural response of a peened near-alpha titanium alloy to thermal exposure, Scripta Materialia 60 (2009) 108–111.
  • R. Bhagat, M. Jackson, D. Inman and R. Dashwood, The Production of Ti-W Alloys from Mixed Oxide Precursors via the FFC Cambridge Process, J Electrochem Soc, 155 (2009) Vol. 156, E1 – E7.
  • N.G Jones, R. Dashwood, D. Dye, M. Jackson, Thermomechanical Processing of Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr, Materials Science & Engineering A, 490 (2008) 369-377.
  • M. Jackson, K. Dring, Materials perspective - a review of advances in processing and metallurgy of titanium alloys, Materials Science and Technology. 22 (2006) 881-887.
  • M. Jackson, R.J. Dashwood, L. Christodoulou and H.M. Flower, The microstructural evolution of near beta alloy Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al during subtransus forging, Materials Transactions A, 36A (2005) 1317-27.