Structures, Materials & Manufacturing (S2M)

We are enabling an in-depth understanding of fundamental and applied aspects of functional materials, composite systems, structural health monitoring, production processes and technologies.

Group Leader

Andrew Kennedy

Professor Andrew Kennedy

Chair in Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing, Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre, Materials Science Institute Member

D08, D - Floor, Engineering Building

Projects

Regenerated Laser Sinter Powders (RENDER)
01/05/2020 → 31/07/2021
Research

ACADEME PLUS (Advanced Manufacturing Capital for Skills Development & Employer Engagement - Extension)
01/04/2020 → 31/03/2023
Research

Post-consumer waste streams and the reworking/recycling of mattresses
01/10/2018 → 30/09/2019
Research

Dynamics and optimal design of engine valve springs
01/01/2018 → 30/12/2020
Research

Production Capable Additive Manufacturing of Polymers
01/10/2017 → 31/03/2020
Research

Additive Manufacturing - Technologies and Key Applications
25/09/2017 → 24/09/2018
Research

Research on adaptability of additive manufacturing technologies to the agricultural machinery design and manufacturing industry: know-how exchange activity
29/12/2016 → 28/12/2017
Other

Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) of Electrodes for Fundamental Neuroscience
03/10/2016 → 30/06/2017
Research

Hybrid and Multi-Material Additive Manufacturing for End-Use Industrial Applications
01/10/2016 → 31/03/2017
Research

Advanced Manufacturing Capital for Skills Development & Employer Engagement
01/09/2016 → 30/09/2021
Research

Hydrodynamics and mechanics of composite risers cum marine hoses in oil/gas applications
01/10/2015 → 10/06/2022
Research

Enhancing biomass gasification properties using embedded waste water derived catalysts
01/09/2015 → 31/07/2017
Other

Development of a Universal Slicing and Scanning Engine
01/07/2015 → 31/03/2017
Research

Spatial Distribution of Blood Flow in Peripheral Vein Network by Non-Invasive Near-Infrared Imaging
01/07/2015 → 31/07/2017
Other

IS 2015 - High end capture and reproduction of cultural artefacts
01/06/2015 → 31/05/2016
Research

Deformation Behaviour of Woven Fibre Elastomeric Composites
01/10/2014 → 31/03/2019
Research

En-ComeE: Energy Harvesting Powered Wireless Monitoring Systems based on Integrated Smart Composite Structures and Energy-Aware Architecture
01/04/2014 → 31/08/2017
Research

3D modelling by computer fluid dynamics of local interactions of momentum, mass and heat transfers with catalyst deactivation in gas-solid catalytic reactors of low aspect ratios
01/11/2013 → 31/10/2017
Other

Hydrogen-Water Isotopic Exchange in a Trickle Bed Column by Process Simulation and 3D Computer Fluid Dynamics Modelling
01/11/2013 → 31/10/2017
Other

Visualization of local temperature and concentration inside packed bed reactors by near-infrared tomography
01/11/2013 → 31/10/2017
Other

Multi-scale Approaches to Mechanical Contraction and Electrical Wave Conduction in A 3D Model of Human Atria during Fibrillation
01/02/2013 → 31/07/2016
Research

Development and characterisation of novel structural composites from recycled materials
01/10/2012 → 30/09/2016
Research

Optimising the performance of particulate adsorbents
01/10/2012 → 30/09/2015
Research

Intelligent and integrated condition monitoring of distributed generation systems
16/01/2012 → 15/05/2013
Research

Research Activity

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 Engineering Engagement Team 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

Project Highlights

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