School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


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Materials & Measurement Research Theme

Advanced materials and measurement techniques enable the development of novel engineering and biomedical solutions.

Our Aim

The Research Theme undertakes multi-disciplinary research into the response of advanced engineering and bio-materials to various types of external loading and environmental conditions, using a combination of analytical, numerical and experimental techniques. It is also active in all areas of optics and laser technology, employing innovative techniques, developments and equipment: from high-power laser applications, manufacture of components, through to high-precision non-contact measurement of dynamic movements.

Among the research directions of this Theme are:

  • Mechanics of deformation, damage and fracture, characterisation of microstructure and analysis of mechanical properties and performance of alloys, metals, polymers, composites and nanocomposites, ceramics and ultra-hard materials, nonwoven fabrics, biological and biomedical materials.
  • Analysis and simulations of advanced and hybrid manufacturing processes, including high-power lasers, ultrasonics, electro-machining, additive and subtractive manufacturing, cold forming.
  • Deformation, damage and fracture in extreme conditions: high temperatures and strain-rates.
  • Multi-scale and multi-physics computational analysis of microstructured materials, manufacturing processes and biomedical applications; code development for advanced numerical schemes.
  • Quantitative optical tomography and diagnostics; laser safety.
  • Biomedical measurements and physiological monitoring in sports.
  • Functional tissue-engineering bioreactors
  • Tissue engineering of vascular grafts and heart valves
  • Development of biohybrid lung and left ventricular assist devices
  • Computational and in vitro assessment of haemodynamic function, durability and haemocompatibility of vascular grafts, stents and heart-valve prostheses


Research groups

Research centres

Our Research Opportunities

Our PhD students play a central role in our wide-ranging research activities, making vital contributions to the success of the research itself. Find out more about our current research opportunities.

Our Research Opportunities

Athena Swan Bronze award

Contact us

The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU