Structures and Materials

We offer an in-depth understanding of fundamental and applied aspects of functional materials, composite systems and structural health monitoring.

A student working on an additive manufacturing machine

About us

Structures and Materials is a vital research area for the world we live in. Our research focuses on a wide range of materials and their application in real-world projects. Our methods include research on coating and treatments, properties of materials and optimising materials for their use globally. The approach we follow is collaborative and we have a wide range of project partners. The world relies constantly on improvements in materials to withstand an increasing range of challenging external requirements. Our research group is working to meet this demand.

Research Activity

Our focus on complex real-world challenges means we work with companies including:

  • BAE Systems
  • Qinetiq
  • DSTL
  • ESI
  • 3D Systems (CRDM)
  • Quadra Solutions Ltd
  • Force Technology

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, but not limited to:

  • Smart sensors for structural integrity and durability monitoring.
  • Composite materials and structures.
  • Materials design and process optimisation for additive manufacturing and high entropy alloys.
  • Multi-scale, phase and physics modelling of materials and production processes.
  • Green constructional building and materials.
  • Date-driven technology in material and structural analysis and design.

Group Lead

Professor Jianqiao Ye

Chair in Mechanical Engineering

Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre, LIRA - Fundamentals, Structures, Materials and Manufacturing

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Project Highlights