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Philip Shipway

Cripps Professor of Engineering Materials, Faculty of Engineering



Philip Shipway is part of the Advanced Materials Research Group.

Expertise Summary

Philip Shipway has general interestin the structure-property-performance relationships of engineering materials, with specific expertise in the following areas:

Tribology: within the field of tribology, Philip Shipway is an expert in the areas of wear behaviour of materials, with specific interests in wear by hard particles, fretting wear, sliding wear and wear testing to simulate service conditions. As a development of this work, he has expertise in the area of waterjet technologies for material and coating removal.

Surface Engineering: Philip Shipway has general expertise in surface engineering for wear and corrosion protection. He has specific expertise in the development of surface engineering solutions based upon thermal spraying and electrodeposition.

In-service microstructure development in coatings and bulk materials: when coatings and bulk materials are exposed to high temperatures in service, their microstructures develop and as a consequence, their properties change. Philip Shipway has interests in such microstructure development, with particular interests in coatings for high temperature service and in steels for creep resistance.

Research Summary

Thermal and cold spraying: This work concerns the development of thermal and cold spray technologies for the application of coatings to resist wear, corrosion or provide other desirable attributes.… read more

Recent Publications

Current Research

Thermal and cold spraying: This work concerns the development of thermal and cold spray technologies for the application of coatings to resist wear, corrosion or provide other desirable attributes. This work has been sponsored over the years by a large number of industrial organisations. Current research focusses on cold spray of titanium, and nickel based materials and on thermal spray of hardmetal systems. This research is supported by a wide range of thermal spray diagnostic equipment, including the DPV 2000 and a high speed PIV for cold spray. In addition to a raft of experimental work, modelling of thermal spray processes by Finite Elements enables us to understand the processes; significant success in predicting the dependence of residual stresses on processing parameters has recently been achieved.

Development of wear and corrosion resistant coatings and overlays: Work continues in development of materials for applications requiring wear resistance, employing primarily thermal spraying and electroplating, with other technoligies utilised where appropriate. As illustrative examples, we are currently investigating surfacing of sugar-cane rollers for wear and corrosion resistance, rock drilling elements for impact and wear resistance, car body panels for enhanced corrosion resistance. A major theme within this work is the development of surfaces to resist fretting wear; this work is driven by the significant development of transmission systems within the Rolls-Royce plc UTC in Transmissions.

Abrasive waterjet technologies: with a knowledge of wear comes the ability to use attritive material removal for useful purposes. Abrasive waterjets have many advantages over conventional processes in a range of applications. Currently, work is examining the use of waterjets for milling of material and for coating removal.

Welding: as part of the significant work in the Materials, Mechanics and Structures Research Division concerning welding, my interests lie in the microstructure-property relationships of welds and their development in service. Current projects are examining the laser welding of thin titanium sheet and at the development of welds in P91 and P92 power station steels and the development of the weld microstructure during elevated temperature creep.

Future Research

Development of coating technologies to meet the demanding needs in power generation. This work includes work in (i) combustion-based lower-carbon energy generating technologies and nuclear-based generating technologies; (ii) power for transport, especially focussing on aerospace technologies.

Development of coating removal technologies to enhance profitable recycling of surface engineered components.

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates from Home, EU and international countries who are interested in the following research areas: Thermal and cold spraying.

Faculty of Engineering

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