Lead by Imperial metal forming group, and working out of one of the world’s top universities, our dedicated research group of mechanical engineers and material scientists has a unified passion for advancing metal forming technologies. With our rich experience in meatal forming. we aim to deliver breakthroughs and theories that offer cutting edge knowledge on warm and hot forming of metal, as well as enhance the capability of finite element (FE) simulations.
The key research of our team is related to the development of unified constitutive equations to predict microstructure evolutions in thermomechanical forming processes. Multiscale material modelling is also carried out for the purpose of understanding fundamental aspects of material deformation. New equations informed by discrete modelling are continuously being introduced for mechanisms such as grain boundary sliding and rotation, and the interaction between dislocations and grain boundaries. Most recently, we have developed these models into novel functional modules that work seamlessly with FE simulations for multi-objective purposes and that can be operated remotely, and will continue to do so into the future. We share our expertise by offering users the opportunity to customize their production line to work with an optimal processing window, as well as accurately predict the occurrence of failure and estimate tool life, among many other capabilities.
Our mission is to provide solutions and develop further applications of metal forming through industrial collaborations, drawing on knowledge and experience from as many available resources as possible. We want to reach out to worldwide research institutions and industrial partners to establish a collaborative network, and accelerate the widespread adoption of metal forming.