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Swansea is one of the UK’s leading centres for materials teaching and research.The internationally leading materials research conducted at Swansea is funded by prestigious organisations such as Rolls Royce, Airbus, The European Space Agency, and Tata Steel.

The main goal of the research within this theme is to create sustainable integrated solutions for industrial needs through next generation materials and processes for the manufacturing industry and to enable smart manufacturing to deliver industry 4.0 requirements.

Key research areas include design against failure by creep, fatigue and environmental damage, structural metals and ceramics for gas turbine applications, grain boundary engineering, recycling of polymers and composites, corrosion mechanisms in new generation magnesium alloys, development of novel strip steel grades (IF, HSLA, Dual Phase, TRIP) and functional coatings for energy generation, storage and release.

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Rolls-Royce gas turbine engines

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Our University Technology Centre (UTC) in Materials has made significant technological contribution to the manufacture of efficient gas turbine engines, leading to a significant reduction in fuel consumption.

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Active Office and Active Classroom on Bay Campus

As the UK’s leading centre for coated steel corrosion, collaborating with Tata Steel, we have developed new functionally coated metal construction products carrying 40 year warranties. Read more here.

Materials and Manufacturing Facilities

Our facilities for materials and manufacturing include: