My research focuses on a range of topics around advanced materials for aerospace and power generation.

My most significant research challenges have involved the development of a unique test facility for the mechanical characterization of alloy systems in hot gas atmospheres, including sulphur dioxide. Spotting a ‘gap in the market’ and being both a new and enthusiastic academic, I jumped at the chance to prove myself, later realizing I may have been a little rash! However, 4 years down the line, I now have a facility that is globally unique and successfully generating data and providing critical insight into advanced materials under extreme conditions. As already mentioned, research moves on: so now the questions are ‘can we go hotter?’, ‘can we incorporate water vapour?’, ‘what about superheated steam?’.

All of these have their own challenges - that is what being an academic is all about.

Publications

  1. Pedrazzini, S., Child, D., Aarholt, T., Ball, C., Dowd, M., Girling, A., Cockings, H., Perkins, K., Hardy, M., Stone, H., Bagot, P., Perkins, K., Cockings, H. On the Effect of Environmental Exposure on Dwell Fatigue Performance of a Fine-Grained Nickel-Based Superalloy Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A 49 9 3908 3922
  2. Gray, V., Galvin, D., Hill, P., Rawson, M., Perkins, K., Perkins, K. Impact of targeted chemistries on maraging steel precipitation evolution observed using SANS and APT Materials Characterization 139 208 220
  3. Dowd, M., Perkins, K., Child, D., Perkins, K., Dowd, M. Pre-notched and corroded low cycle fatigue behaviour of a nickel based alloy for disc rotor applications International Journal of Fatigue 105 7 15
  4. Simm, T., Sun, L., McAdam, S., Hill, P., Rawson, M., Perkins, K. The Influence of Lath, Block and Prior Austenite Grain (PAG) Size on the Tensile, Creep and Fatigue Properties of Novel Maraging Steel Materials 10 7 730
  5. Simm, T., Sun, L., Galvin, D., Gilbert, E., Alba Venero, D., Li, Y., Martin, T., Bagot, P., Moody, M., Hill, P., Bhadeshia, H., Birosca, S., Rawson, M., Perkins, K., Perkins, K., Birosca, S., Simm, T. A SANS and APT study of precipitate evolution and strengthening in a maraging steel Materials Science and Engineering: A 702 414 424

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Supervision

  • Use of Sinter Pot Pilot Facility to Optimise Sinter Plant Performance (current)

    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Cameron Pleydell-Pearce
  • Studies of Coatings, Lifetime and Circular Economy of Resin-Wood Composites (current)

    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Peter Holliman
  • Optimising strip processes of novel boron steels for automotive hot stamping technologies (current)

    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Cameron Pleydell-Pearce
  • On cooling properties of titanium alloys (current)

    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Worsley
  • Surface Oxides on Advanced High Strength Steels: Effect on Applications and Appearance (current)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Zakaria Abdallah
  • Thermal and impact resistance of novel MAX-Phase ceramics (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Soran Birosca
  • New generation insulation material for use within the building envelope (current)

    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Peter Holliman
  • Using atom probe tomography and small angle neutron scattering to study preciptation in electrical steels (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Thomas Simm
  • Development of a High Integrity Interlayer Joining Technology for High Temperature Aerospace Applications (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Helen Davies
  • 'Bio-Ethanol related stress corrosion cracking in the oil and gas industry' (awarded 2019)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof David Penney
  • 'Effect of Thermo-mechanical Processing on Grain Size of Novel Maraging Steel for Shaft Applications' (awarded 2018)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Worsley
  • 'Stainless Steel Alternatives to Cadmium Plated High Strength Steel : Development of the Accelerated Salt Spray Test to Represent Real Time Corrosion' (awarded 2017)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Geraint Williams
  • ''''Impact of corrosion on performance of structural stainless-steel components'''' (awarded 2017)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Elizabeth Sackett
  • ''Microstructure and mechanical characterisation of novel maraging steels for aerospace shaft applications'' (awarded 2017)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Worsley