£5m project aims to advance understanding of metal alloys

Imperial College London is leading a project to further understand the fundamental properties of metal alloys and advance how they perform when in use.

The £5million, EPSRC funded initiative will look specifically at hexagonal alloys - strong, durable and lightweight structures used extensively in fields such as aerospace and healthcare.

"Our ambition is to create a step change in the way that we understand hexagonal alloys," said project leader Professor Fionn Dunne. "These materials are expensive to make and finding ways of improving their qualities could enable British manufacturers to add more value to the products that they make."

Researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Manchester are also involved in the projcet. Industrial partners include Rolls-Royce, AMEC and Westinghouse.

Laura Hopperton

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