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EPSRC Reference: EP/S013881/1
Title: Nickel Superalloy Design for Corrosion Resistance
Principal Investigator: Pedrazzini, Dr S
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Project Partners:
Rolls-Royce Plc
Department: Materials
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: EPSRC Fellowship
Starts: 01 June 2019 Ends: 31 May 2024 Value (£): 741,689
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation Materials Processing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
29 Jan 2019 Engineering Fellowship Interview Panel Meeting Announced
03 Oct 2018 Engineering Prioritisation Panel Meeting 3 and 4 October 2018 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
My fellowship will lead a research programme employing state of the art experimental and computational techniques to provide new, fundamental insight into the environmental degradation of nickel superalloys and steels that occur as a result of interactions with the corrosive gaseous species they encounter in-service. I have published some preliminary work from my corrosion and oxidation research program, though the full potential benefits for the development of corrosion resistant high temperature materials, have barely been explored. I plan to address these questions through advanced characterisation of samples exposed to corrosive environments in laboratory furnaces, during high temperature mechanical tests and a study of ex-service components provided by my industrial collaborators. The results will then be used to design a new generation of alloys, whose corrosion resistance will be tailored to their specific applications.

To maximise the impact of my research, I will work closely with my industrial collaborators such as Rolls-Royce plc, as well as my academic collaborators, including Prof Michael Moody (Atom probe Tomography Group, University of Oxford), to characterise the samples, inform alloy design and produce new superalloys with improved corrosion resistance. Corrosion research is extremely timely and globally important with potential for substantial future savings and component lifetime extension.
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