Future jet engines will have to be lighter and more fuel efficient. A major contribution to this will come from creating lighter rotating parts, which are still being able to endure extremely high temperatures.
Dr S Gonzalez Sanchez, Dr K Poologanthan, Dr B Nagaratnam
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Shape memory alloys (SMAs) are special materials with a substantial potential for various structural engineering applications. The novelty of such materials lies in their ability to undergo large deformations and return to their un-deformed shape through stress removal or heating (shape-memory effect).
You will develop and optimise the melt treatment and thermomechanical processing (TMP) conditions for a new generation of higher thermal and electrical conductivity age hardening AlMgSiCu aluminium alloys for applications in the wiring systems of electric vehicles and in the cooling systems of electric vehicle battery modules.
The application of electric-field in materials processing will revolutionise future manufacturing. In comparison with conventional thermo-mechanical processing, it is rapid, consumes less energy, has a lower environmental impact and requires less capital investment.