The University of Manchester

Whole Life Design

Computations use a cluster of almost 2500 core processors at Manchester. An excellent relationship with the UK National Supercomputing Service, HECToR, gives access to a 40,000 core supercomputer. A distinctive feature is our close relationship with EDF research and development, which brings access to, and development of, the source code of all of the EDF software tools. We host a senior EDF scientist and younger EDF staff spend periods of a year in the group developing new methods.

Materials Performance for Extreme Environments

This includes mechanical testing in high temperature and cryogenic conditions, high temperature and high pressure creep evaluation, performance in high temperature gaseous environments, and corrosion performance in extreme aqueous environments.

Materials and Environmental Surveillance

X-ray beam-line at Diamond Light Source, a unique suite of X-ray tomography equipment and digital image correlation for progressive damage assessment.

Corrosion Engineering

BP Research Laboratory in Corrosion and Materials, funded by the IRF Flagship and opened in 2011, is a dedicated secure-entry facility for BP research and contains an H2S ‘mini lab’ within the main laboratory with potential to expand into adjacent space.

Materials Chemistry

For scale-up of process, unique X-ray facilities including SAXS and in-situ crystallisation studies, and best magnetic resonance spectroscopy facilities in Europe.

Nanotechnology and Devices

Multiple UHV scanning probe microscopy set-ups equal to any available in the UK, offering all surface science techniques including nanofabrication by optical lithography, laser interferometry and FIB, MBE at industrial scale.

Energy Conversion

Rolls-Royce £1M 'Intelligent Electrical Power Networks Evaluation Facility' including dual-active bridge DC/DC converter as interface for energy storage. Photon Science Institute containing a wide range of laser equipment (high resolution c.w. lasers covering range 205 to 1100 nm; line-width down to 10 kHz; nanosecond lasers covering the spectral range from UV-visible output, through to narrow line- width IR radiation; ultrafast systems suitable for applications such as THz generation).