Our research group seeks to fundamentally understand the mechanical behaviour of various complex, heterogeneous materials through meso, micro and nanoscale characterization of deformation and failure mechanisms.  The research primarily focusses on:

  • Advance understanding and control of mechanical material behaviour
  • Relating mechanical behaviour to material microstructure
  • Prediction of mechanical behaviour from knowledge of the microstructure
  • Development of multifunctional materials through microstructural design and functional grading 

The research aims to improve the prediction and application of mechanical behaviour by developing new experimental techniques, based on a fundamental understanding of the metallurgical and physical processes involved. The study also provide practical knowledge to industry and enhance primary understanding of material behaviour over a wide range of length scales.