Last week, MRG PhD students Kayleigh Nelson and Chris Triantafyllou went to Oxford, UK to present updates on their latest work at the 2nd International Workshop on Mechanistic Behaviour of HCP Alloys organised by HexMat!
The workshop took place at the beautiful surroundings of Pembroke College of the University of Oxford from the 16th-19th of September, attracting speakers from the UK, France and the US.
Organised by HexMat, the 5-year collaborative EPSRC programme focusing on hexagonal metals for the aerospace, defence and energy sectors, the workshop also welcomed speakers and attendees from industry, including Rolls-Royce and TIMET, as well as from organisations including the UK Atomic Energy Authority.
As the majority of talks focused on titanium, this was a great opportunity for us to present our latest work to a highly specialised audience, have stimulating and engaging discussions on some of the issues currently faced in industry, as well as get some advice for our own research.
Many thanks to Saira Naeem, Ben Britton and Fionn Dunne of Imperial College London for their wonderful work and effort in organising and running the workshop!
MRG PhD students Kayleigh Nelson and Chris Triantafyllou attended the Aerospace Symposium 2017 organised by the University of Glasgow and had the chance to present two posters on their research.
The event which attracted over 80 delegates from industry and academia was focused on manufacturing for growth and featured interesting presentations from Airbus COO, Tom Williams, BAE Systems Head of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering, Andrew Schofield, and more.
Kayleigh's work focuses on the deformation of titanium alloys and how this differs between single- and dual-phase alloys. Chris has previously worked on cold-dwell fatigue and is currently investigation the effect of cross-rolling on notched fatigue behaviour. You can find out more about both projects here!
The Materials Research Group hosted a 2-day workshop at the University of Glasgow on 'Modelling the Micromechanics of Polycrystalline Materials'. The workshop took place on the 7-8th April 2016 and was sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust, the EPSRC and the University of Glasgow.
The goal of the workshop was to introduce researchers to the crystal plasticity finite element software package, FEpX, and a number of tools, including the virtual polycrystal generation package, Neper, and the crystal orientation calculation toolbox, ODFPF, that together constitute a complete capability for modelling polycrystalline solids.
The workshop was aimed at young researchers such as graduate students and post-doctoral associates who would like to integrate crystal-scale finite element modelling into their own research projects. Workshop attendees came from University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University of Manchester, University of Birmingham and University of Strathclyde.
The workshop consisted of several lectures as well as practical modelling experience, with the attendees executing FEpX simulations on a High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster at the University of Glasgow.
The workshop was led by Prof. Paul Dawson (Cornell University, USA), Dr Romain Quey ( Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne, France) and Matt Kasemer (Cornell University, USA).
More information about the software packages used in the workshop can be found here:
Euan and Kayleigh attended the International Workshop on 'Mechanistic Behaviour of HCP Alloys 2016', which was held at Pembroke College, Oxford, UK.
This workshop drew together industrial and academic experts from a variety of disciplines, including materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, non destructive testing, and high rate deformation. Discussions focused on microstructure-performance property relationships and their impact on engineering components in industries such as aerospace, nuclear power, and transport. Read more about it here.
Euan presented his recent work on determining Ti-6Al-4V single crystal material parameters using a discrete spherical harmonic analysis of lattice strain pole figures from in situ mechanical testing at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source and crystal plasticity finite element simulations. Euan also chaired a session on the high strain rate behaviour of HCP materials.