Advanced Manufacturing Technology
The Group has a wide ranging interest in manufacturing technology covering both hardware and software issues. There is major research activity in metal removal processes, deposition technologies and assembly. A significant amount of the research is linked to two major centres, the Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Technology UTC and the UK government funded Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre.
Research is conducted with, and for, a number of industrial sectors including automotive, aerospace and medical devices. Topics of particular interest at the moment include micro scale manufacture, robotic assembly of large structures, fixturing and technologies for remanufacture.
The Group is engaged in cutting-edge research at the forefront of materials processing. We control the synthesis and processing conditions of advanced materials to design-in functionality, shape and smartness at the macroscopic, microscopic and nano-scales to ensure that the properties and performance of the material are perfectly adapted to the end purpose. Our strategic research themes include: nano materials (eg carbon nanotubes); hydrogen storage materials (to power fuel cells); surface engineered coatings which are tough, anti corrosion (eg thermal barrier coatings for turbine blades); novel photonic glasses for communications; light alloys and foams (eg metal matrix composites for the transport); laser processing and materials characterisation.
The Bioengineering group undertakes research in the areas of biomaterials and biomechanics. This exciting and rewarding research attracts students from the UK and overseas to work in the areas of cell surface interactions, spinal and impact mechanics, specification formulation and evaluation of tissue-engineered structures, in-vitro screening, surface modification and functionalisation, proteomics, development and evaluation of biomedical materials and devices, shape memory materials, imaging and analysis technologies, characterisation and modelling of tissue and organ mechanics, composite structures and cell motility. Students benefit from the expertise in Bioengineering at Nottingham and are involved in projects funded by government, the EU and the biomedical industry.
The Human Factors Research Group is focused on understanding the characteristics and capabilities of people and organisations, and improving our knowledge about human interaction with systems in manufacturing and process control, transport, service and leisure industries, the home and public institutions. The fundamental research of the Human Factors Group in ergonomics covers all of cognitive, physical and social ergonomics, with particular focus on rail human factors, cognitive systems engineering, product safety and testing and virtual reality/virtual environment application development and evaluation for education, medicine and industry. Applications include air traffic control, the rail network, automotive design and transportation management, geospatial information display design, education, medicine and manufacturing processes.
Our main themes are textile composites; manufacturing processes, including process modelling and recycling; mechanical performance, particularly damage under impact loading; and biodegradable composites for medical applications. The group addresses these topics through a combination of experimental and computational methods. Processing and performance of materials based on both thermoplastic and thermoset polymers is investigated. Applications for these materials cover a range of areas, although the primary focus is high performance aerospace and automotive structures. Our leading national position in the field was recognised recently by the award of a Platform Grant by EPSRC.
Structural Integrity and Dynamics
Research activities include the development and application of advanced finite-element analysis methods including damage mechanics and stress analysis of critical components; structural integrity of welds, residual stresses; fatigue, creep and creep-fatigue of power-plant materials and structures; contact mechanics; crack propagation; MEMS sensors and actuators; balancing and control of rotors; stochastic mechanics and other advanced mathematical methods for structural dynamics; vehicle dynamics for motorcycles and off-road vehicles; experimental and computational investigations of aero-engine shafts and bearings. The S.I.D. group hosts and manages the Rolls-Royce UTC in Gas Turbine Transmissions systems, an internationally-leading centre for Transmissions research.
Thermofluids research activities cover a range of fundamental and applied topics commonly in collaboration with the aerospace, automotive, power or process industries, and include experimental investigations, analytical modelling and computational simulation studies. Areas include automotive ie engines, aero-engine transmissions, the cooling of electrical machines and the thermal management of power electronics systems, CFD studies of particulate conveyance or droplet laden flows, turbulent drag reduction and studies of turbulence fundamentals, non-intrusive measurement techniques such as Particle Image Velocimetry, and appropriate technology developments. Major industrial sponsors include BP, Ford, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce and Smiths Aerospace. PhD projects are available in the above and other areas of Thermofluids. The Group is well equipped with modern facilities for experimental, CFD and other studies.
The Msc programme:
This programme provides a broad and deep understanding of the processing, nature and properties of a range of engineering materials. Only by understanding these can materials be truly designed for purpose. The course integrates materials behaviour and materials processing relevant to a wide range of industrial sectors.
The programme will provide students with specific skills suitable for a wide range of careers within UK and international organisations involved in materials and product development, and provides a firm foundation for a research path in Materials Engineering.
For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.