Dr Soran Birosca
Associate Professor
Telephone: (01792) 606437
Room: Academic Office - A207
Engineering East
Bay Campus

Specialist Subjects:

Microstructure and Microtexture Characterisation
Structure/Property Relationship
Deformation Mechanism
Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD)

My research portfolio over the past 10 years focused on material characterisation, physical metallurgy, materials processing, materials performance, phase transformation and heat treatment, low and high temperature corrosion, structure/property relationship, mechanical property of materials, fracture mechanics, fatigue, microtexture and texture analysis for materials used in power generation, nuclear, automotive and aero-engine applications.

My key research theme is the microstructure/microtexture characterisation of materials to ascertain exact structure/property relationship in various alloys. I believe that understanding and predicting microstructure and texture evolution during material processing, deformation and heat treatment are the foundation of materials property optimisation, designing new alloys as well as the development of the processing and joining techniques. Using a combination of electron microscopy and diffraction-based techniques (including SEM, EDS, EBSD, TEM, XRD, EMPA, GDOES, X-ray Nano and Micro-Tomography, and utilising synchrotron and neutron diffraction facilities) will assist greatly in achieving a comparative characterisation of the microstructures and assess the quantitative utility of different techniques.


  1. & A Study of Low Cycle Fatigue Life and its correlation with Microstructural Parameters in IN713C Nickel Based Superalloy. Materials Science and Engineering: A
  2. & The effects of microstructure and microtexture generated during solidification on deformation micromechanism in IN713C nickel-based superalloy. Acta Materialia
  3. & The Effect of a Two-Stage Heat-Treatment on the Microstructural and Mechanical Properties of a Maraging Steel. Materials 10(12), 1346
  4. & A SANS and APT study of precipitate evolution and strengthening in a maraging steel. Materials Science and Engineering: A 702, 414-424.
  5. The deformation behaviour of hard and soft grains in RR1000 nickel-based superalloy. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 82, 012033

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  • EG-163 Design and Laboratory Classes 1


  • EGTM04 Project Planning

    Each candidate will prepare a detailed project plan covering background to the research, the scheduling of practical and other work, and milestone deliverables. This plan will be produced following: (i) attendance at specialist lectures covering issues of good practice in the conduct of research eg safety, procedures for laboratory work and data reporting/analysis; (ii) discussion with academic and industrial supervisors regarding technical/commercial issues associated with the specific topic; (iii) a review of the formal course units covering technical issues, personal and professional development and research skills. The overall report must demonstrate that each student relates relevant aspects of the training courses to their industry oriented research project. Not available to visiting or exchange students.

  • EGTM100 Electron Backscatter Diffraction; Theory, Technique and Applications

    The course will cover fundamental (theoretical and practical) aspects of EBSD data acquisition and data analysis. Theory and Technique: EBSD history, EBSD systems and operation, Kikuchi pattern formation, Interpreting diffraction patterns, Kikuchi pattern indexing, Image processing, Automated Indexing, Fully automated systems, Hough Transformation, Band Detection, Band Identification, System Calibration, EBSD sample preparation. EBSD applications: Introduction to microtexture and texture, Orientation representation, Orientation matrix, Miller or Miller-Bravais Indices (Ideal Orientation), Pole figure, Inverse pole figure, Euler angles and Euler space, Orientation matrix transformation, Examples of typical texture in metals (Cube texture component, Goss texture component, Brass texture component), General representation of misorientation data (angle/axis pair, 3D space: Cylindrical angle/axis space).

  • EGTM60 Aerospace Materials Engineering

    This module will relate the sources of stress and mechanical design requirements in aerospace power plant and structures to the development, optimisation and selection of high performance materials. Principles of materials development: Material types and structure: metals, alloys, composites. Mechanical behaviour of materials: Stress-strain response, deformation mechanisms, single and poly-crystals, failure modes. Sources of stress in power plant: CF loading, direct stress, bend, pressure, thermal, complex, stress concentrations. Optimising microstructure and properties: Solidification processing, heat-treatment: alloy strengthening. Performance of specific material systems: Titanium alloys, nickel alloys, steels, metal matrix/ceramic matrix composites. Materials selection: codes, specification, design requirements for creep, fatigue, static fracture and environmental resistance. Advanced material developments: New materials and processes for the next millenium.


  • Effect of minor alloying elements on the formation of oxides during decarburisation of grain oriented electrical steel (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Cameron Pleydell-Pearce
  • Examine the role of different precipitates within packaging steels (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Mr Mark Coleman
  • Quantifying deformation in high temperature materials using digital image correlation (DIC) (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Robert Lancaster
  • Mechanical and Microstructural Characterisations of Nickel Based Superalloys (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Mr Mark Coleman
  • An investigation on abnormal grain growth and critical grain growth in nickel-base superalloy RR1000 (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof David Worsley
  • Texture development in high silicon non-oriented electrical steels «br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» (current)

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

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Karen Perkins
  • 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:
    Other supervisor: Dr Nicholas Lavery
  • «br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» Microstructure and microtexture developments in grain-oriented electrical steels «br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Leo Prakash
  • 'Investigating the dwell crack growth and creep resistance behaviour of next generation nickel disc alloys' (awarded 2017)

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    Other supervisor: Prof David Worsley

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
2006 PhD Materials Science and Engineering Department of Materials, Loughborough University
2001 MSc Corrosion Science and Engineering Corrosion and Protection Centre, The University of Manchester
1995 BSc Mechanical Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering, Salahaddin University

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2012 Present Lecturer College of Engineering, Swansea University
2011 2012 Research Officer University of Cambridge
2007 2011 Research Officer University of Manchester
2006 2007 Research Officer Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea