Advanced Manufacturing and Processes

Manufacturing the Future

Our manufacturing research focus is on developing methods for advanced automation, materials processing and product life cycle technologies for long-term manufacturing economic and environmental sustainability.  The research integrates new material, process and machining technologies for a wide range of industrial sectors, including aerospace and automotive.

Exemplar Research

School pupil with Baxter robot

Robotics and Automation

Pushing the boundaries of automation technologies for advanced manufacturing concepts.

Aligning advanced manufacturing concepts in automation and robotics with the principles of INDUSTRY 4.

Ergonomic Optimisation

Human analysis for optimal assembly process design from a human perspective.

Developing enablers for the inclusion of health and safety considerations from the earliest conceptual designs.

Blow moulding FEM model

Polymer Processing

Developing new and improved processing techniques.

Energy & cost efficient extrusion, automated rotational moulding and thermoforming processes

Simulation of machining process

Manufacturing Technologies

Promoting a better understanding of advanced machining and fabrication processes using validated simulation tools.

Development and characterisation of ultra precision machining, advanced welding and laser processing technologies for novel material systems

Our Research Family

Dr Savko Malinov

Dr Savko Malinov

Lecturer

Metal and alloy material processing, Functional material coatings, High-temperature materials

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Dr Adrian Murphy

Prof. Adrian Murphy

Professor

Advanced metal joining technologies, process characterisation, manufacture and assembly cost analysis

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Dr Yan Jin

Dr Yan Jin

Senior Lecturer

Robotics automation, high performance machining, digital lean manufacturing

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Dr Chi Wai Chan

Dr Chi-Wai Chan

Lecturer

Materials processing, laser joining, material characterisation

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Dr Dan Sun

Dr Dan Sun

Lecturer

Nanocomposite manufacture, sensor micro-fabrication, plasma assisted material processing

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Dr David Thornhill

Dr David Thornhill

Senior Lecturer

Manufacture process optimisation, pressure die casting

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Dr Eoin Cunningham

Dr Eoin Cunningham

Lecturer

Functional polymer processing, biodegradable polymer processing

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Dr Gary Menary

Dr Gary Menary

Senior Lecturer

Stretch blow moulding, thermo-forming, process modelling

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Dr Gasser Abdelal

Dr Gasser Abdelal

Lecturer

Manufacture process simulation, multi-scale modelling

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Dr Joe Butterfield

Dr Joseph Butterfield

Senior Lecturer

Digital manufacturing, through life engineering, virtual assembly environments

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Dr Peter Martin

Dr Peter Martin

Reader

Polymer processing, process measurement and control, polymer tribology

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