Professor Nicholas Lavery

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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+44 (0) 1792 606873

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker
Office - 403
Fourth Floor
Engineering North
Bay Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


MA (Hons), MSc, PhD, MIMA, Prof Grad IMMM, FHEA

Dr Nicholas Lavery is Director of the Materials Advanced Characterisation Centre (MACH1), and the lead academic of the Swansea Additive Manufacturing Research (SAMR) group.

Dr Lavery's research interests lie broadly in the use of material property measurement, computational modelling and experimental studies to develop novel industrial manufacturing processes and materials, with applications to engineering products in aerospace, medical, automotive and energy production.

Current research areas:

  • Additive Manufacturing (specifically Laser Powder-bed Fusion)
  • High Throughput Material Property Testing (MACH1)
  • Computational modelling of various manufacturing processes (Additive Layer Manufacturing, Extrusion, Isostatic Powder Pressing, Sintering …)
  • Rapid Alloy Prototyping
  • Life Cycle Assessment

Over time spent in academic and industry, I have established a very wide range of international research collaboration demonstrated by the invitation to participate in and develop a number of EC FP7/H2020 proposals.

I am a recognised outstanding reviewer for the Journal of Alloys and Compounds, the Journal of Additive Manufacturing and the Journal of Applied Mathematical Modelling.

I have been an International reviewer for Additive Manufacturing proposals for the Canadian Innovation Foundation and the Singapore Science and Engineering Research Council.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Additive Layer Manufacturing
  • High Throughput Materials Characterisation
  • Novel Alloy Development
  • Multi-physics coupled Computational Fluids Dynamics
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Life cycle assessment
  • computational modelling

Career Highlights

Award Highlights
August 2017 28th SFF Symposium, Texas USA: The three-prong method: a novel assessment of residual stress in laser powder bed fusion
October 2015 Best poster 8th Int. Conf. on Materials for Advanced Technologies, Materials Research Society, Korea

Professor Nick Lavery: Inaugural Lecture, 2019

Professor Nick Lavery's Inaugural Lecture