Professor Martin Bache

Professor Martin Bache

Professor Emeritus (Engineering), Engineering

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Institute of Structural Materials
Bay Campus


  • Director, Institute of Structural Materials, Swansea University
  • Director, Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Materials
  • Chief Executive Officer, Swansea Materials Research & Testing Ltd (SMaRT)
  • A. Joint Honours in Physics and Geology, University of Keele, 1983
  • PhD “Fracture and flow in normal and anomalous glasses”, University of Keele, 1989

Over 35 years of experience in the mechanical characterisation of advanced materials, with particular interests in conventional titanium, nickel alloys and ceramic matrix composites. Member of the ESIS affiliated High Temperature Materials Test Committee and British Standards Institution ACE/61 committee. Member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Fatigue. Named author on >70 International Journal and >100 Conference papers.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Fatigue & fracture of advanced structural metals
  • “Cold dwell” sensitivity in titanium alloys
  • Crack initiation and growth mechanisms
  • Role of environment on mechanical performance
  • High temperature characterisation of ceramic matrix c

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests
  • Introduction to Aerospace Engineering - Materials (EG-194)
  • Mechanical Testing and Data Analysis (EGTM69)
  • Research interests include fatigue and fracture assessments in titanium, nickel, aluminium alloys, TiAl intermetallics, high strength steels, particulate and fibre reinforced metal matrix composites and ceramic matrix composites
  • Extensive research portfolio in collaboration with industrial partners from the aerospace, power generation industries and government defence organisations
  • Supervision and line management across the Institute of Structural Materials, currently comprising 11 postdoctoral Research Officers, 23 PhD / EngD students and 7 support staff
  • Research income totalling approximately £32M since 1999
Award Highlights
  • Harvey Flower Titanium Prize winner, 2013, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining / Titanium Information Group
  • Recipient of the Best Paper Award (Ceramics), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, International Gas Turbine Institute, GT-2018, Oslo, Norway