Major code: EGPR/EGMR
Manufacturing within the Centre for Materials and Structures in the School of Engineering encompasses world class research into novel advanced manufacturing techniques and systems.
The areas of interests are wide ranging and can be interdisciplinary with applications across all areas from aerospace and automotive components to the development of novel advanced bio-medical implants and devices. Current research areas include: Additive layer manufacturing; Laser based blown powder additive manufacture; laser forming; laser cutting; laser welding; laser drilling; ultra short pulsed laser micro and sub-micron structuring; parallel processing with spatial light modulators; materials processing with advanced polarisation states; optical trapping for engineering manufacture; selective laser melting (SLM); direct write of conductive and functionalised materials; laser curing of conductive links and thin films; laser ignition; rapid prototyping; rapid manufacture; internal structuring of glasses and dielectrics.
The modern concept of manufacturing stretches from product design, manufacturing planning and processing, to supply chain and end-of-life considerations. The School of Engineering has the capabilities and experience required to devise and develop innovative and cost-effective manufacturing solutions.
Our research is funded by the EU, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and directly by our industrial partners. Our results are published widely in high impact-factor engineering, physics and biomedical journals.
Why Manufacturing in Liverpool?
The facilities and environment in the School of Engineering has recently undergone a £36 million refurbishment. This has created state of the art research laboratories, equipped with world class equipment both on campus and at the Lairdside Laser Engineering Centre in Birkenhead. Our research has consistently attracted the highest grades in research assessments and many of our research programmes are supported by industrial companies such as Renishaw BAE Systems, QinetiQ, Honda, Jaguar and Ford, and by national and international bodies such as EPSRC and the European Commission.
Breadth of Study
In addition to a strong research component, postgraduate study in Manufacturing at Liverpool offers training to address the needs of future professional engineers. The collaborative nature of research helps develop professional skills such as team working and leadership, interaction of specialists in other disciplines, coordination of joint activities, presentation in various forms and general communication. Students are encouraged to attend and present their work at conferences in their field. Further oral and poster presentations are organised in the School of Engineering as formal requirements of the degree and parts of activities within research centres and research groups. Written reports, at the ends of the first and year years, form another integral part of the study and provide opportunities to assess progress and handle delays.
Research in Manufacturing benefits from a high level of collaboration with both academic and industrial partners due to the applied nature of the work. Research in this area tends to be industry driven. Our network of collaborators include researchers and industrial partners in the UK, Europe, Australia, the USA and China.