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Structures, Materials & Manufacturing (S2M)

The StructuresMaterials & Manufacturing Research Group is a multidisciplinary research cohort running a broad programme of coordinated research activities. These activities enable 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.

Our work is also enabled through the Lancaster Product Development Unit and - in the area of sustainable & green technologies - by 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
  • multiscale modelling of materials and production processes.