Dr Nicholas Lavery is Director of the Materials Advanced Characterisation Centre (MACH1).

Dr Lavery's research interests lie broadly in the use of material property measurement, computational modelling and experimental studies to develop novel industrial manufacturing processes and materials, with applications to engineering products in aerospace, medical, automotive and energy production.

Current research areas:

  • Additive Manufacturing (specifically powder-bed Additive Layer Manufacturing)
  • High Throughput Material Property Testing (MACH1)
  • Computational modelling of various manufacturing processes (Additive Layer Manufacturing, Extrusion, Isostatic Powder Pressing, Sintering …)
  • Rapid Alloy Prototyping
  • Life Cycle Assessment


Over time spent in academic and industry, I have established a very wide range of international research collaboration demonstrated by the invitation to participate in and develop a number of EC FP7/H2020 proposals.

MA (Hons), MSc, PhD, MIMA, Prof Grad IMMM

Areas of Expertise

  • Additive Layer Manufacturing
  • High Throughput Materials Characterisation
  • Novel Alloy Development
  • Multi-physics coupled Computational Fluids Dynamics
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Life cycle assessment
  • computational modelling

Publications

  1. & (2015). Near Infrared sintering of a cost effective roll to roll water purification coating. Presented at NSTI: Advanced Materials - TechConnect Briefs 2015,
  2. & Verification of Numerically Calculated Cooling Rates of Powder Bed Additive Manufacturing. In TMS 2016: 145thAnnual Meeting & Exhibition: Supplemental Proceedings. (pp. 205-212). Nashville, TN, USA: 145th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, TMS.
  3. & The scandium effect in multicomponent alloys. International Materials Reviews 61(3), 203-228.
  4. & The development of a sub-atmospheric two-phase thermosyphon natural gas preheater using a lumped capacitance model and comparison with experimental results. Applied Thermal Engineering 104, 767-778.
  5. & Mathematical framework for predicting the thermal behaviour of spectrally selective coatings within an industrial near-infrared furnace. European Journal of Computational Mechanics 25(3)

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Teaching

  • EG-M113 Advanced Manufacturing of Metals

    The module will provide a deeper understanding of the physical principles underlying the processing of near net and net shaped technologies for advanced metal manufacturing. The course will cover casting, semi-solid metal manufacturing (Thixoforming), additive layer manufacturing and Powder Metallurgy for manufacturing. NOTE. Continuous casting methods will not be covered. The areas covered will cross cut the engineering disciplines of advanced manufacturing technology and material science to broaden the technical and industrial context of both conventional and advanced manufacturing for metals.

  • EG-M37 Additive Manufacturing

    1.1 Introduction to Additive Manufacturing 1.2 Mechanics of the Powder Bed System 1.3 Material feedstock and characterisation 1.4 Process Control and AM Defects 1.5 Design of Experiments applied to AM 1.6 Measurement and analysis of AM properties 1.7 Computer Aided Engineering of Additive Manufacturing 1.8 Design for AM and part preparation 1.9 Socio-Environmental benefits of AM

  • EGA324 Mechanical Engineering Practice

    The course builds on the knowledge and experience developed by the students in experimental studies during Level 2. A number of advances open-ended experiment will be undertaken. In addition, students will carry out a number of modelling benchmark problems in order to develop their ability to create appropriate models, interpret the predictions and compare them with alternative solutions.

Supervision

  • The Effect on the Baking Process of Simultaneous Multiple Heat Transfer Mechanisms (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Mr Christopher Weirman
  • Numerical modelling and experimental verification of investment casting process. (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Steve Brown
  • Modelling and improving the vapour deposition efficiency of a novel PVD-based galvanising process (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr David Penney
  • Computational modelling and validation of thermal and flow aspects of the powder bed fusion process (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Steve Brown
  • An Investigation of Residual Stress in the Laser-Powder Bed Fusion Process (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Johann Sienz
  • Computational Modelling and Verification of the ALM Melt Pool (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Steve Brown
  • Development of multi-scale and multi-physical models of the ALM process (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Steve Brown
  • Towards state of the art vacuum locks for a novel continuous PVD galvanising process (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr David Penney
  • Advanced Manufacturing Techniques of Implantable Blood Pumps (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew Rees
  • "Investigation into Additive Manufacturing for the creation of tuneable CTE structures for optical applications."«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» «br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» I am happy with this title, although I am not too keen on "tuneable" and you should not use an acronym. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Steve Brown
  • High throughput methodologies and materials characterisation and materials characterisation for the optimisation and discovery of new alloys. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Steve Brown
  • The Effects of Microstructure and Microtexture Generated during Solidification on Deformation Micromechanism in IN713C Nickel Based Superalloy«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Soran Birosca
  • Analysis of the Effects of Extended Powder re-use in Powder Bed Laser Fusion.«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Steve Brown
  • Pelletisation of ferrous by-products (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Steve Brown
  • Thermo-fluidic Modelling and Validation of Laser Powder-bed Fusion and the effects of Microstructure and Phase transformation on Mechanical Properties (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Steve Brown
  • Organic and hybrid printable thermoelectric materials (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Carnie
  • 'Scandium Metal Processing for Aerospace Application' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Steve Brown

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2013 Present Senior Lecturer Materials Research Centre, Swansea University
2013 Present Director Materials Advanced Characterisation Centre (MACH1), Swansea University
2011 2013 Senior Research Officer College of Engineering (ASTUTE Project), Swansea University
2006 2011 Exploitation Expert/Business Development Manager European Space Agency – The Netherlands
2001 2006 Commerical/Technical Manager (Research Officer) Materials Research Centre (CETIC project), Swansea University
1999 2001 Research Officer Materials Research Centre (DSTL Project), Swansea University
1997 1999 Postdoctoral Research Assistant Applied Mathematics & Engineering Department, University of California, San Diego, USA
1995 1997 Postdoctoral Research Officer Mechanical Engineering Department (EPSRC Project), Swansea University

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
1995 PhD Civil Engineering University of Wales, Swansea
1992 MSc Civil Engineering University of Wales, Swansea
1991 MA(Hons) Mathematics University of Cambridge

Invited Presentations, Lectures and Conferences

Date Description
April 2014 Computational Methodology for Optimal Design of Additive Layer Manufactured Turbine Bracket
April 2014 A Review of Computational Modelling of Additive Layer, Manufacturing - Multi-Scale and Multi-Physics
April 2014 An Experimental and CFD Investigation into the Mixing in a Closed System Stirred Vessel
April 2014 A Methodology for Automated Pellet size Distribution in a Pellet Mill
April 2014 The Development of a Sub-Atmospheric Two-Phase Thermosyphon Natural Gas Preheater using a Lumped Capacitance Model
April 2014 Design for Reliability of Steering Power Module due to Design Consideration and Material Selection
April 2014 Studying Microstructure and Crystallinity of Polypropylene in an Injection Moulded Medical Bin Lid
April 2014 Numerical Modelling of a Marine Vessel Engine Room with Field Measurements
April 2014 Suitability of Multi-Layer Perceptron Neural Network Model for the Prediction of Roll Forces and Motor Powers

External Responsibilities

  • Member, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)

    2006 - Present

  • Professional Graduate Member, Institute of Minerals, Mining and Materials (IoMMM)

    2006 - Present

  • Treasurer of the Steering Committee, Materials Technology Forum for Wales

    2003 - 2006

  • Member of NPL Industrial Advisory Groups, Heat Transfer in Polymers & Photo-thermal Methods

    2001 - 2006

  • Member, South Wales Metallurgical Association & IT Network Forum

    2001 - 2006

  • Member-of & Conference Chairman, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

    2005 - 2006

  • Member, TMS (Metals, Materials and Metallurgical Transactions Society)

    2006 - 2011

Key Grants and Projects

  • Materials Advanced Characterisation Centre 2013

    , £715K