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S2M - Structures, Materials & Manufacturing

The StructuresMaterials & Manufacturing Research Group is a multidisciplinary research cohort running a broad programme of coordinated research activities enabling in-depth understanding of fundamental and applied aspects of functional materials, composite systems, structural health monitoring, production processes and technologies.

Our focus on complex real-world challenges means we work with companies including BAE Systems, Qinetiq, DSTL, ITASCA, ESI, 3D Systems (CRDM), Quadra Solutions Ltd, NT CADCAM Ltd, Croft Filters Ltd. A significant portfolio of industrially-driven collaboration in the fields of engineering design and advanced manufacturing, especially with SMEs, is also enabled via both the Lancaster Product Development Unit and, in the area of sustainable & green technologies, the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation.

Our main research areas include smart sensors for structural integrity and durability monitoring, composite materials and structures, component design and optimisation, additive manufacturing and laser-based production techniques, and multiscale modelling of materials and production processes.

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