Colleges, School and Institutes
Application of multiscale modelling techniques to manufacturing and performance.
- Fusion welding
- Inertia welding
- Additive manufacture
- Hot isostatic pressing
Development of process modelling techniques for forming and forging processes
- Forging and extrusion modelling
- Flow forming simulation
- Superplastic forming
- Sheet forming
Component Performance modelling
- Creep and fatigue modelling
- Thermal barrier coating performance modelling
- Location specific property prediction
- High temperature nickel alloy development
- Titanium aluminide manufacture
- Metal matrix composite performance and manufacture
- Ceramic matrix composite performance and manufacture
Microstructural characterisation and analysis
- In-situ microscopy of crystal defects
- Transmission electron microscopy
- X-ray dispersive micro-analytical techniques
Professor Brooks obtained his PhD from Birmingham University in 1978 and subsequently held a number of positions in industry including:
- Technical Manager – QinetiQ Limited
- Technical Leader – MoD DERA Farnborough
- Chief Metallurgist – Doncasters plc
- Senior Metallurgist – INCO Alloy Products Limited
His early career in manufacturing concentrated on developing modelling techniques for the simulation of the complex interaction between plastic deformation and thermal history that occurs in both industrial metal working processes and in service components. This allowed the prediction of microstructural development, the mechanical properties and performance of the manufactured products.
His research has concentrated on maintaining the structural integrity of aerospace components which requires reproducible production methods to provide consistent properties and low levels of defects. This is especially true for rotating parts in aero gas turbine engines and particularly so for the turbine discs where an uncontained failure could result in the loss of the aircraft. In his role with the MoD Prof. Brooks initiated and led research for the provision of support services and advice on the manufacture and structural integrity of the propulsion systems in all the major RAF and RN platforms (including Typhoon, Tornado, Harrier, Merlin, Chinook). Later work on manufacturing aerospace materials and component lifing led to many collaborative projects with industries including Rolls-Royce plc, The Boeing Company and their tier one suppliers.
Professor Brooks returned to academia in 2009 as Professor of Manufacturing with an EPSRC Star Professor Award at the University of Strathclyde as Research Director for the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC). In this role he was responsible for the strategic development of the centre and coordination of the AFRC research strategy including the core membership research programme and its academic conduct. He chaired the AFRC Technical Board and managed the relationships with partner Universities, the Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering and the core industrial members, Aubert and Duval, Boeing, Mettis Aerospace, Rolls-Royce and TIMET. He was responsible for the growth of the Centre through attracting funding from new industrial members, research council grants, government sources (Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and Scottish Enterprise) and the European Union. This resulted in rapid growth of the AFRC to 70 staff with a turnover of £7M per annum and over 20 member companies and a membership research portfolio of over £2.5M in three years.
He bid successfully for the £4M EPSRC Industrial Doctorate Centre in Advanced Forming and Manufacture to provide a training platform for new researchers in the AFRC. He was also responsible for the business plan which ensured AFRC participation in the UK government sponsored High Value Manufacturing Catapult which attracted a further £30M investment in the AFRC. This facilitated expansion of the building and the acquisition of industrial capabilities for superplastic forming, flow forming and rotary forging.
He took up the position of Hanson Professor of Industrial Metallurgy at Birmingham University in 2013 to further his research interests in the application of multiscale modelling approaches to the manufacture and performance of advanced alloys.
He is actively involved with advisory boards and conference organisation including membership of the advisory committee for the NUMMAN project at Manchester University and the organising committee for the 12th International Conference on Technology of Plasticity. He also is an invited panel member for the NASA Vision 2040 Study – A Vision for Multiscale Materials and Structural Modelling. He has published many peer reviewed papers and regularly gives invited keynote presentations at international conferences and meetings.
Hanson Professor of Industrial Metallurgy
- FIMMM Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOMMM) 2000
- CEng Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council 1986
- MIM Member of the Institute of Metals (IOM) 1986
- PhD in Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham 1978
- BSc in Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham 1975