Research interests in the group are focused on the development of ultra-high temperature materials for use in components in high efficiency gas turbines, as abrasives or as solid lubricants, as well as ultra-hard coatings for dry machining, and include studies of both the properties and processing of materials. Work is carried out in collaboration with a wide range of other universities and companies using both experimental and theoretical techniques to establish materials behaviour over a very wide range of scales.
Current areas of interest include:
- Plastic flow in complex crystal structures
- Dislocation motion in borides & carbides
- Cracking at small-scales
- Ultra-hard materials for high temperature abrasives and coatings
- Hysteresis in layered crystal structures
- Plasticity and cracking in colloidal films