School of Engineering

Mechanical Behaviour of Materials Research Group


The Mechanical Behaviour of Materials (MBM) research group has an international reputation for applied research into fatigue and fracture of engineering and biomechanical materials and components. Work has been carried out for over 30 years with collaborators, including Rolls-Royce plc, GKN Westland Aerostructures and NHS hospitals, amongst others. The group thrives on a culture of close collaboration with users, while sustaining research excellence by developing research programmes that are supported by the Research Councils (EPSRC, MRC, Royal Society and UK Charities) as well as industry sponsored projects.

Medium-to-long-term research and knowledge transfer projects as well as short-term consultancy work are undertaken primarily, but not exclusively in:

  • Failure analysis of engineering and biological systems
  • Modelling and simulation of artificial hip and knee joints
  • Finite element analysis of engineering and biomedical systems
  • Digital Image/Volume Correlation for engineering applications
  • Fatigue, creep and oxidation at elevated temperature
  • Multi-axial and mixed mode fatigue and fracture