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Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT)

The Advanced Manufacturing Technology group works on developing the next generation of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies and processes, as well as improving manufacturing systems, organisation and sustainability.

We work in close collaboration with a number of regional and international partners to develop and improve the performance of manufacturing products, processes and systems for pioneering scientific innovations and securing enterprise ventures.

Our key core capabilities are:

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Advanced engineering materials
  • Life cycle engineering
  • Manufacturing process development and optimisation
  • Sustainable design and manufacturing
  • Technology and operations management

Our extensive range of laboratories house world-leading engineering software and specialist equipment for product life cycle assessment and processing, characterising and optimising the properties of manufacturing processes and materials.

Our research group is supported by excellent manufacturing and materials characterisation facilities with a wide range of traditional machining equipment, including a Mazak 5-axis CNC milling machine and dynamometers for cutting trials and tooling development.

This is complemented by a range of additive manufacturing technologies such as Polyjet and laser liquid polymerisation (stereolithography), CF/GF/Kevlar composite polymer, fused deposition modelling, selective laser fusion and 3D ceramic printing processes. The physical manufacturing capability is supported by a range of inspection and digitising systems utilising small to large scale 3D scanning techniques.

We have materials testing facilities for tensile, compression, torsion and fatigue, as well as analysis facilities that include a 3D micro coordinate measurement machine and surface roughness measurement device, state-of-the-art field-emission Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), a Dynamic Mechanical Analyser (DMA), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD).

The group combines an emphasis on a multi-discipline approach using analytics, computations and experiments with attention to applications in a broad range of industries such as industrial, automotive, defence, aerospace, energy and healthcare.

Group leadership and contacts

Contact: Dr. Martin Birkett

This research group forms part of the Department of Mechanical & Construction Engineering.

Research relationships

This group is a part of the University’s multi-disciplinary research into the theme of Future Engineering.

Research from this group will be submitted to REF2021 under UoA 12: Engineering.

To view research papers emanating from this group, please click here to view Northumbria Research Link, our open access repository of research output from Northumbria University.

Future Engineering

Researchers within our Future Engineering multidisciplinary research theme are exploring what technologies will be heating our homes and driving our cars in 20 years time.

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