Mechanics of Materials (MoM) Research Group

The MoM group is led by Prof Jingzhe Pan who took the Chair in Mechanics of Materials in 2006. The group was established by Prof Frederick Leckie in 1968 and currently has 17 academic staff with two more academic members to join later this year. The group has three overlapping research teams:

I. Modelling-enabled materials engineering

A unique strength of the MoM group is that it consists of colleagues from both materials science and computational mechanics backgrounds. The group is internationally leading in its research on material processing and behaviours enabled by computer modelling and artificial intelligence. We are part of a university research theme on Materials and Nano-materials.

II. Biomedical engineering and biomaterials

Developing engineering technologies and materials to improve quality of life through better mental and physical health is another strength of the MoM group. Over half of the group's members are working on various projects related to biomedical applications. We lead the Department's cross-cutting theme in Biomedical Engineering. We are also part of a university research theme on Life Science Interface and member of the Leicester Microbial Sciences and Infectious Disease Network (LeMID).

III. Engineering management

This is a developing research area of the MoM group and a cross-cutting theme of the Department. Current research includes asset management of engineering systems, optimisation of manufacturing systems and effective costing of engineering processes.

The MoM group hosts three centres

Solution to Industrial Problems

We are keen to provide solution to industrial problems using our computational and experimental expertise. Informal discussion can be made with the Head of Group. The MoM group has considerable experience in working for industry. Our current links with industry includes: Alstom; TWI; Doncasters; Purac; Morgan Matroc; Jaguar; Tata Steel; Ilmor; Mercedes Benz High Performance Engines; Delphi Systems; Pankl Motorsport; Teer Coating; GSK; Caterpillar; Siemens (Lincoln); Doosan Babcock; NPL; NG; Qinetiq; FEI; EoN; RSP (small Dutch firm); Bodycote HIP; Holset; 3M (Atherstone); Perkin-Elmer; Mettler; TA Instruments; Netzsch (Germany); Setram (France); Rolls Royce; Deritend Precision Castings; Centrax; Howmet; Oxley; Federal Mogul; Astra Zeneca; Plansee (Austria); Caleva; Various Police Forces; National Police; Improvement Agency and Frenzak (Poland); University Hospitals of Leicester; Welding Alloys.

PhD applications

We welcome students to study for PhD degrees in any of our research areas. Informal discussion can be made with either the Head of Group or any of the MoM group members directly. Details of our research topics can be found in the websites of MoM group members.

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