EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in
Innovative Metal Processing (IMPaCT)
Universities of Leicester, Birmingham and Nottingham
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Innovative Metal Processing is a centre for doctoral training that brings together the research of the University of Leicester, University of Birmingham and University of Nottingham along with industrial and international partners. The Centre has secured support from EPSRC, the universities and our industrial partners including Doncasters Group, GE, Rolls-Royce, STFC, Tata Steel, and TWI.
Core Research Topics:
- Casting – Including single-crystal/investment casting of superalloys for aerospace and power generation applications
- Welding – Including novel dissimilar welding & joining techniques for gas and oil transportation systems
- Surface Engineering – Including advanced functional coating, surface modifications for turbine applications
- Near Net-Shape Forming – Including laser assisted metal forming, novel hot isostatic pressing
- Synthesis of Nanomaterials – Including synthesis of nanoparticles for advanced materials and coatings
- Characterisation & Performance Evaluation – Including evaluation of power generation and aerospace materials and structures
- Modelling of Metal Processing – Including multi-scale multi-physics modelling of 3D printing, casting, welding
IMPaCT is a 4 year integrated doctoral training programme. Within the 1st year there is a range of training including taught modules, technical and transferable skill training. In the following 3 years the student will undertake a research project within metal processing in line with one of the CDTs core themes. There also the opportunity to engage with our industrial partners and sponsors and students are encouraged to carry on their skills and career training throughout the 4 years.