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 14 academic staff. This is a unique group consisting of academics and research students from both Computational Mechanics and Materials Science & Engineering backgrounds. The group provides an ideal environment for leading edge research by integrating modern experimental and computational technologies.

Modelling material behaviour at high temperatures has long been a research theme for which the MoM group has an international reputation. Our current work covers additive manufacturing, creep, solidification, sintering and welding. We are part of a university research theme on Materials and Nano-materials.

Biomedical engineering is another research theme of the group. We are the international leader on computer modelling of degradation and disintegration of bioresorbable polymers for medical applications. We are leading a large consortium on pharmaceutical tablet manufacturing. We are working on human-structure interaction, stability and control of human gait and soft fibrous tissue mechanics. We are part of a university research theme on Life Science Interface and member of the Leicester Microbial Sciences and Infectious Disease Network (LeMID).

Asset management of engineering systems against corrosion, cryogenic treatment of alloys, electrodeposition of hard coatings and thermoelectric systems for space missions are some other areas in which we are pioneering new methods and technology.

The group hosts four centres

  • Leicester Materials Innovation Centre jointly with TWI

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.

We have 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.

Learn more and apply for research degrees in engineering.

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