Advanced materials characterisation
High-throughput techniques are being increasingly used to accelerate the analysis and characterisation of specimens, most notably in the pharmaceutical industry. The MACH1 centre provides the capabilities to apply such techniques to metallurgical samples, including novel alloys, providing a complete set of properties for a given material.
As materials are ubiquitous and intimately related to manufacturing processes, the development and selection of advanced materials for engineered applications will increase the competiveness of suppliers in the automotive, aerospace and opto-electronics sectors.
Applications of advanced materials characterisation include higher temperature materials (more efficient engines), thermal barrier and corrosion coatings (more environmentally friendly materials), lightweight composite materials (lower emissions from vehicles), high strength steels (longer lasting materials, lighter vehicles), lead-free solders (less toxic materials), novel metal powder compositions (less wasteful novel manufacturing processes), and complimenting many others related areas such as photo-voltaic and thermoelectric materials.