Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)
Months of entry
The Materials Engineering Group has an international reputation for its research activity in the fields of residual stress measurement and analysis, high-temperature materials behaviour and materials characterisation. We have an excellent suite of testing facilities on campus, ranging from X-ray residual stress measurement to state-of-the-art electron microscopy. We have invested over £1.6 million in research equipment and infrastructure, and the group’s research is currently supported by around £2 million of external income. We work closely with a range of industrial partners.
High-temperature performance of materials is important to applications in aerospace and power generation. We have one of the largest UK university creep facilities for characterising high-temperature deformation of materials, and are developing novel non-contact strain measurement methods, such as high temperature digital image correlation (DIC) for characterisation of deformation in welded joints.
- Application of Digital Image Correlation to characterisation of weld mechanical properties
- Anelastic behaviour of Type 316H stainless steel
- Residual stress and creep performance of P91 pipe girth welds
Creep of materials for future nuclear power plant Application of digital image correlation at high temperature High-temperature weld integrity assessment.
Fees and funding
Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding for more information.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- John Bouchard, Professor of Materials for Energy
- +44 (0) 1908 655 799