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. 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. Perkins, K. Impact of targeted chemistries on maraging steel precipitation evolution observed using SANS and APT Materials Characterization 139 208 220
  3. 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. Perkins, K., Simm, T. 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. 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

  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Cameron Pleydell-Pearce
  • Untitled (current)

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

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

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Worsley
  • Untitled (current)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Soran Birosca
  • Untitled (current)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Thomas Simm
  • Validation of a high integrity joining/repair process for aerospace applications (current)

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

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

    Student name:
    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)

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

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Worsley