Materials and manufacturing

Our need for physical goods and infrastructure remains unabated, but the urgent need to increase sustainability and to markedly reduce our use of natural resources means ongoing innovation in the materials we use and the ways in which we make things is critical.

Key research expertise

Composite materials and manufacturing

  • High performance ductile composites
  • Through-thickness reinforcement
  • Time/space variable composites
  • High performance polymers
  • Design for manufacture
  • Automated manufacture
  • Data driven manufacture
  • Multifunctional composites
  • Natural fibre composites
  • Aeroelastic tailoring
  • Nonlinear structures
  • 3D woven materials
  • Multi-scale modelling
  • Biomimetic materials
  • Effect of defects
  • Nanomaterials
  • Auxetics

Materials engineering and structural integrity

  • Multi-scale characterisation of residual stresses
  • Materials in harsh environments
  • Characterisation and prediction of damage in engineering components

Smart materials

  • Electroactive, thermal, photonic, chemical
  • Biodegradable, edible
  • Sensors, actuators, energy harvesting
  • Materials modelling and control


  • Non-linear ultrasound
  • Wireless ultrasonic sensors (WAND)
  • Embedded sensors
  • Array imaging
  • Ultrasonic particle manipulation

Digital manufacturing

  • Digital twins
  • Design technologies
  • Infrastructure systems
  • Manufacturing technology
  • Assembly and automation
  • Machine design

Systems engineering

  • Design thinking
  • Software assurance
  • Governance and regulations
  • Risk analysis

Research groups

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