Research Centres and Groups
The Advanced Materials & Manufacturing (AMM) Research Group was formed in September 2017 by the strategic merger of three of the research groups in the School of Engineering, namely; Advanced Polymers and Composites (APC), Engineering Research and Innovation for Industrial Applications; and Mechanical Behaviour of Materials (MMB).
Advanced Materials and Manufacturing research and development activities include analysis, characterisation, formulation, manufacturing, design, modelling, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, testing, repair, structural integrity evaluation, applications and knowledge transfer of advanced materials and manufacturing.
Materials include, but are not limited to, biomechanics, ceramics, woods, metals and alloys, composites (conventional/synthetic, sustainable/natural/biocomposites & hybrid composites), polymers/plastics (thermosets and thermoplastics). Research areas include tension, compression, bending, impact, stress, strain, torsion, buckling, fatigue, fracture, thermal, vibration, and absorption of materials and components.
AMM research group has well-equipped laboratories with a range of facilities for R&D in advanced materials and manufacturing.
The AMM Research Group seeks to maintain the track record that it has inherited of attracting funding from government agencies, industrial bodies and charities, which include: EPSRC, European funding, Industrial collaborations, Industrial strategy challenge fund, Royal Society, UK charities, MRC, Innovate UK.
The group is multidisciplinary and incorporates interests in bio-solid and bio-fluid mechanics, biomimetics, biological and medical imaging, biomaterials and advanced modelling and simulation. Facilities are state-of-the-art and exploit the latest in manufacturing technology, predominantly using 3D printing, as well as the recently established Zeiss Global Centre to support 3D microCT imaging and numerical/FE modelling capacity.
Specific solutions the group provides include understanding the function of biological systems in healthy and diseased conditions, multi-scale modelling of structure-function relationships in tissues complemented by novel bioimaging, and the manufacture of bioinspired structures and their optimisation for conventional and translational engineering applications.
The group has established links with key strategic partners including Diamond Light Source, Carl Zeiss Ltd., Glaxo Smith Klein, the National Heart and Lung Institute, and the Royal National Orthopaedic and Queen Alexandra Hospitals. The group has attracted funding from the Royal Society as well as from Research councils such as the EPSRC and STFC.
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