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PROF MARTIN BACHE


Position: Chair in Materials Engineering MA


Chair in Materials Engineering/Director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Materials/Chief Operating Officer of Swansea Materials Research and Testing (SMaRT).


Martin has published extensively in international conferences and journals, characterising fatigue in advanced structural metals, composites and ceramics. Member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Fatigue (IJF) and Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures (FFEMS). Current research sponsors include Rolls-Royce plc, Airbus UK, Timet UK and TWI.


The Institute of Structural Materials at Swansea University has a longstanding reputation in the field of mechanical characterisation of advanced metallic systems. Specific areas of expertise include high temperature creep and fatigue assessments under a wide range of temperature, environmental and stress conditions. This is supported by internationally renowned laboratory facilities in addition to expertise in computer based modelling to support engineering component lifing methodologies. The university personnel can also call on test support from Swansea Materials Research & Testing Ltd (www.smart-swansea.com), a wholly owned company under the auspices of the university, incorporated in 2009 to provide testing support to major research projects and short term commercial contracts. Test facilities at Swansea include 50 universal fatigue rigs, 75 creep frames, 3 high cycle fatigue vibrophores and additional specialist equipment, all supported by the standard metallographic and optical/SEM inspection capability.