Impact Case Studies
Our students and alumni are making societal, environmental, and economic impact through their research.
We have collated papers published by our researchers on our Google Scholar profile so that novel research directly funded within CDT projects can be viewed alongside each other. The combined research from AMS1, AMS2 and (to-date) AMS3 includes 273 published papers with over 5,600 citations, and a h- index of 33.
There are over 100 graduates from AMS1 and AMS2 currently in the metals sector, more than 97% of our graduates remain in metallurgy research (with approximately two thirds in industry and the remaining third in academic institutions). There remains a strong demand for doctoral level training in metallurgy, and we anticipate our current and future cohorts will continue to enable the UK metals manufacturing sector to meet their goals, specifically in NetZero, digitalisation and leadership, and specialist technical knowledge.
Bridging the gap between academia and industry through industrial placement
Researcher Ashley Scarlett spent 6 months with Rolls-Royce to conduct an enhanced literature review, analyse mechanical testing data, and develop a practical understanding of industrial context to improve knowledge transfer from academia to industry.
Back to the Future with Zirconium Nuclear Material
Exploring the impact of irradiation on zirconium fuel rods commonly employed in nuclear reactors to enhance our mechanistic understanding and optimise their performance
Creating a Rapid, Open-Source CCT Predictor for Low-Alloy Steels, and Its Application to Compositionally Heterogeneous Material
Joshua Collins (2019 Cohort), has been working on an open-source continuous cooling transformation (CCT) predictor to improve predictions in steel manufacturing by better reflecting experimental measurements.
Designing Additively Manufactured High Entropy Alloys to Increase Efficiency and Sustainability of Aerospace Components
Lucy Farquhar, PhD Researcher based at The University of Sheffield, Partners with Boeing UK to establish a novel additive manufacturing solution to develop high entropy alloys able to operate under high temperatures for jet engine applications.
Investigating Rare-Earth Free Permanent Magnetic Materials for Applications in Electric Motors
Elizabeth Davis-Fowell, PhD Researcher based at The University of Sheffield, Partners with Volkswagen Materials Group to discover novel alternatives to existing magnetic alloys in use in the automotive sector.
Additive Manufacturing of Novel Shape Memory Alloys for Clean Energy Applications
Josiah Cherian Chekotu, PhD Researcher based at Dublin City University, aims to reduce carbon emissions within the cooling and refrigeration industry through additively manufactured novel shape memory alloys for green energy solutions.
Solid-State Processing of Surplus Aluminium Alloy Powders through a Combination of Field Assisted Sintering Technology and Hot Rolling
Dr Simon Graham, MAPP - ESPRC Future Manufacturing Hub, Partners with ECKART GmbH and AMS CDT alumni, to convert surplus aluminium alloy powders from atomisation into sheet material in two solid-state steps for use in aerospace applications.
Developing a Microstructural Fingerprint for Titanium Alloys
Mike White, PhD Researcher based at The University of Manchester, Partners with Rolls-Royce to develop a framework to construct a ‘microstructural fingerprint’ to reduce cost and improve efficiency of alloy production.
Magnesium Nanoparticle Fabrication via Laser Processing
Anesu Nyabadza, PhD Researcher based at Dublin City University, Partners with Oriel Marine Extracts and Sea Salt to develop a novel fabrication method to commercialise manufacturing Mg NPs for printed electronics and drug delivery applications.