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School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

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Innovative manufacturing

Research in this area spans a range of scales and applications focusing on enabling society to maximise the value of digitalisation and automation of manufacturing processes.

Cross-discipline research

Our innovative manufacturing research activities are supported by three research areas, addressing key challenges from a diverse range of industries.

Innovative manufacturing addresses three research priorities: sustainable and high-added value processing for both new and current materials and products; smart manufacturing systems and digital manufacturing, addressing emerging aspects related to factory design; data-collection and management, enabling mass customisation and involving customers in the manufacturing value chain.

These research priorities address economic, social and environmental challenges and are enabled by expertise in advanced manufacturing processes, namely laser-based processes, additive manufacturing and multi scale manufacturing; mechatronics/automation and modelling and simulation.

Research activities are supported by three research centres conducting both fundamental and applied research, addressing key challenges from industries as diverse as nuclear, aerospace, automotive, tooling, medical, security and domestic appliances.

Areas of expertise

Our researchers specialise in the following areas of expertise:

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    Industry 4.0

    Also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0 covers automation and data exchange in new digital technologies, including cyber security, Big Data, the Internet of Things and machine learning.

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    Materials for medicine

    We work at the interface between physical and biological sciences, developing a new generation of artificial tissue models to underpin human regeneration processes.

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    Mechanics and physics of solids

    Understanding and modelling the life of engineering materials and structures during their service.