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11 October 2021

Tackling COP26 challenges using digitalised surface manufacturing

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This virtual event is presented by students, experts and leaders in the field. Collectively, they discuss current and future trends, highlight possible solutions and importance of the surface engineering and coatings sector in combating climate change for a more sustainable future. Chaired by Prof Allan Matthews (DSM Director) from The University of Manchester.


Allan Matthews, Director, DSM Network and The University of Manchester, UK

Ms Caaisha Warsame (1st year PhD Student), London South Bank University, UK

Ms Laura Sandys CBE, Non-Executive Director, SGN Limited and Energy System Catapult, UK

Prof Barbara Shollock, Kings College London, UK

Prof Claus Helix-Neilsen, DTU, Denmark

Prof Margaret Stack, University of Strathclyde, UK

Dr Neil McSporran, NSG Group, UK

Mr Nicholas Butcher, Emerson and Renwick, UK

Mr Nestor Sanchez Arriaga, University of Sheffield, UK

Ms Sara Hawi, Cranfield University, UK

Mr Syed Mehade Hussain, London South Bank University, UK

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26 September 2021

Ahu Gumrah Parry, bp-ICAM, The University of Manchester, UK

Bioinspired hierarchical materials and composites

Nature has mastered manufacturing hierarchical materials using supra-molecular organization of small building blocks using the most abundant elements such as Carbon, Silicon, Calcium, Magnesium, Oxygen and Nitrogen. Most common structures in nature like skeletal or soft tissue constructions as well as non-living mineral matter organization stems from the shapes and interfaces at nanoscale creating a fascinating array of multifunctional and multipurpose materials. Ahu’s research aims to understand and stimulate material interactions from molecular level to nano and macro level interfaces and therefore develop new materials with novel optical and mechanical properties. In this talk Ahu will focus on surface interactions in natural adaptive materials and our approaches to mimic and fabricate such hierarchical surfaces for antifouling and anti-microbial surfaces.


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20 September 2021

Online event to highlight opportunities to tackle COP26 challenges. Presented by Early Career Researchers

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This virtual event is presented by DSM Early Career Researchers. Listen to our brilliant young minds and future leaders discussing their research in relation the COP26 challenges and what solutions does their research offers to the world. The event is facilitated by Dr Saurav Goel (DSM ECR Lead) from LSBU and Chaired by Prof Allan Matthews (DSM Director) from The University of Manchester.

Speakers: Caaisha Warsame (LSBU), Iraj Pariz (LSBU), Ali Tousi (Cranfield University), Sara Hawi (Cranfield University), Nestor Sanchez Arriaga (University of Sheffield), Syed Mehade Hussain (LSBU), Kartikeya Parmar (LSBU), Dominic Shore (The University of Manchester), Jonathan Bean (University of Cambridge), Tasnuva Khaleque (LSBU), Nirmal Kumar (LSBU), Kirthika Subramanian (LSBU)


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30 July 2021

Rajkumar Roy, City University London, UK

Through life-engineering to self-engineering

Professor Roy is the Dean of the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering at City, University of London. Distinguished academic and visionary engineer in developing Through-life Engineering Services (TES) technology and promoting ‘engineering for life’ culture in businesses and professions across sectors. TES research has identified the need for systems with self-engineering capabilities. He is currently leading research in the area of self-engineering systems. He is also leading a major national initiative on ‘Developing Socially Responsible STEM Professionals” at City.

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21 July 2021

Jointly presented by UKMSN+ and DSM+ projects, the event is targeted at professionals with an interest in sustainable manufacturing

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Manufacturing firms are embracing the opportunities of circular economy approaches as a means to save costs, prevent disruptions in materials input and generate additional revenue from waste streams. Surface manufacturing is important: surface-initiated effects cause more than 90% of all engineering product failures (wear, corrosion or fatigue). IDTs are providing a significant opportunity to the UK’s industrial economy. Industry 4.0 technology can facilitate sustainable manufacturing and circular economy practices. If you have an interest in manufacturing and sustainability, then this event is for you!

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9 July 2021

Progress in corrosion modelling for prediction, mitigation and repair

DSM Special Webinars with Speakers from USA
Alan Rose, Chief Executive Office, Corrdesa LLC, USA

Title- Computational corrosion prediction- the new discipline Abstract- Why bother with computational corrosion methods? Globally, corrosion costs about 4% of gross domestic product and studies have shown that about 30% of these costs can be avoided with better upfront design and material selection. In addition it is now the law! YES, for US federal military acquisitions it is now a requirement for the system vendor to put in place a Corrosion Prevention Control plan which, DoD Instructions state, must include corrosion modelling and testing. In this presentation Alan will discuss the challenges in implementing corrosion analysis capabilities across enterprises. This will be supplemented with an introduction and demonstration of corrosion analysis tools using examples. Keith Legg, Chief Technical Officer, Corrdesa LLC, USA Title- Non-drip brush plating and anodizing Abstract- Brush plating has been used since the 1930s as a way of repairing electroplated components without disassembling, stripping and re-plating. It is heavily used in the aerospace and defence industry for repairing coatings such as Cd plate for corrosion control. It has tended to be a crude, messy process, often involving toxic chemicals that drip and run. Typically it has few controls and the quality of the coating is highly operator-dependent. With the increasing emphasis on environmental and occupational health, and ensuring material and process quality, this type of approach is no longer acceptable. As a result non-drip brush plating and anodizing have been developed by the French company Dalic, and the process has been further developed and brought into large-scale use in the US by Corrdesa. The non-drip process keeps all the chemicals in a closed-loop to protect both the operator and the vehicle he is working on. We have developed a combination of computational fluid dynamics and computational electrodynamics modelling to design new tooling, while we use computational corrosion analysis to match coating materials to corrosion requirements. With these improvements, we now see the potential for expanding brush plating and anodizing far beyond spot repair of damaged coatings, by using our computational corrosion approach to evaluate required corrosion performance and the coatings needed to achieve that performance. Then applying the non-drip plating approach to protect critical areas of very large components, from internal and external aircraft surfaces to rockets and nuclear fuel disposal containers.

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30 June 2021

Mark Price, Queen's University Belfast, UK

Re-Imagining Engineering Design: Growing Radical Cyber-Physical-Socio Phenotypes

Mark Price is Professor of Aeronautics at Queen’s University Belfast, working in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  He is a formerly Head of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engineering and Physical Sciences at Queen’s.  His research is focused on High Value Design Research exploring novel and disruptive design technologies aiming to help engineering designers take advantage of cloud based technologies and distributed manufacturing.  He currently leads an EPSRC programme Grant on Re-Imagining Engineering Design which is developing bio-inspired approaches so grow and evolve complex structures and systems.  This is the focus of today’s presentation

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26 May 2021

Jonathan Eyre, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, UK

Untangling the Requirements of a Digital Twin

Jonathan is a Technical Lead for digital twins and advanced visualisation at the AMRC. He leads development on a range of client specific work and grant funded projects focusing on visualisation utilising data connectivity across a wide range of manufacturing sectors and in particular engagement across digital twin activities.

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29 April 2021

Gary Atkinson, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Machine Vision techniques for composite part inspection

Gary was appointed as a permanent lecturer in 2012 and has a range of teaching duties in the areas of computer vision, component inspection, and stress and dynamics theory for Engineering. In the 2019-20 academic year he took a secondment at the National Composites Centre to work in the Automation Systems group – mostly for composite part inspection. Other notable achievements include delivering a computer vision programme at the University of Qiqihar in Heilongjiang Province, China and acting as UK and EU co-convenor for the 2010 International Conference and Exhibition on Biometrics Technology held in Coimbatore, India.

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25 March 2021

Ivan Fernandez Martinez, Nano4Energy, UK

Recent advances and implementation of HiPIMS technology

Dr. Iván Fernández Martínez, co-founder and managing director of Nano4Energy SL hiP-V AB and Nanostine SL. PhD in Physics from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). From his 19 years in the scientific sector he has gained a high experience in thin film deposition and its physics and has become one of the world leaders within HiPIMS technology. Author of more than 40 scientific papers and patents.

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26 February 2021

Nadimul Faisal, Robert Gordon University, UK

Residual stress analysis of thermal spray coatings

Dr Nadimul Faisal (FHEA, CEng MIMechE, MIMMM) is currently a Reader in Mechanical Engineering (Micromechanics & Surface Engineering) at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Experience includes leading research funded by Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC), Centre of Excellence for Sensor and Imaging Systems (CENSIS), The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). He is Member of IMechE, IMMM and CEng. He is Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He is EPSRC Full College member.

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27 November 2020

Joe Armstrong, Polytec, UK

3D surface metrology for advanced surface manufacturing operations

Joe has more than 25 years of experience within the surface metrology industry, this includes contact and non-contact technologies for both form and texture. Joe started as laser test engineer, moved in to applications, then onto sales and business development. Working in sales, Joe is now responsible for Polytech’s international customers.

30 October 2020

Hari Upadhyaya, London South Bank University, UK

Materials engineering for affordable energy conversion technologies

Prof Upadhyaya joined London South Bank University in 2018 as Head of London Centre for Energy Engineering at the school of Engineering. Prior to a Chair in Solar Energy position in 2014 at Brunel University, he was Deputy Director of the Institute of Mechanical Process and Energy Engineering and Head of Energy Engineering Division at Heriot-Watt University (2011-14). Prof. Upadhyaya was instrumental in establishing the world class PV laboratory at CREST, Loughborough University (2005-2011), where he led the Thin Film and Excitonic Solar Cell group.

25 September 2020

Richard Fu, Northumbrian University, UK

Smart thin films and coating designs for sensing, actuation and lab-on-chip applications

Prof Fu has extensive experience in smart thin film/materials, biomedical microdevices, energy materials, lab-on-chip, micromechanics, MEMS, nanotechnology, sensors and microfluidics. He has established a worldwide reputation from his pioneer research work on shape memory films, piezoelectric thin films, nanostructured composite/films for applications in MEMS, sensing and renewable energy applications.