School of Materials Seminar entitled "An exploration of grain growth & deformation in zirconium"
|Dates:||22 November 2017|
|Times:||15:00 - 16:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Department of Materials|
|Speaker:||Dr Ben Britton|
Vivian Tong(1), Siyang Wang(1), Ruth Birch(1), Euan Wielewski(2) and Ben Britton(1)
1. Department of Materials, Imperial College London
2. Department of Engineering, University of Glasgow
Zirconium is a critical engineering material inside water based nuclear reactors. Within the experimental micromechanics group at Imperial College we have been following the growth of very large, so called ‘blocky alpha’ titanium,
and established mechanisms to grow very large grains (>1.5mm) with controlled crystallographic texture. We are using this blocky alpha to understand micromechanical deformation, and the role of interfaces on hydriding. Finally, we are
also developing new methods to understand deformation in zirconium alloys, including the interpretation of long range misorientations in commercially pure titanium deformed at high rates using a split Hopkinson bar.
Bio: Dr Britton is a Senior Lecturer and Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow. He directs the MSc in Advanced Nuclear Engineering, and is Deputy Director of the Centre for Nuclear Engineering. His research group focus
on understanding metals use in high-value high-risk applications, such as aerospace, nuclear power and the oil & gas sector. He has worked at Imperial College for 5 years, where he leads the ‘experimental micromechanics group’
who work on developing new experimental (and computation) tools to understanding deformation and mechanics at the microstructural length scale, such as micropillar compression, high spatial resolution digital image correlation
(HR-DIC), and high resolution electron backscatter diffraction (HR-EBSD). Ben graduated from Oxford University with a DPhil in Materials, working on titanium alloys. He followed this with a two year post doc at Oxford, developing
understanding of materials used in fission and fusion power. He has been awarded the IOM3 Silver Medal (2014), the RAEng Young Engineering of the Year Award (2016), and an Imperial College President's Award and Medal as an
Outstanding Early Career Researcher (2017). He is a Chartered Engineering, Scientist, and a Fellow of IOM3. He can often be found on tweeting about materials, nuclear power, early career research, and academia as @bmatb.
Dr Ben Britton
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