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Key facilities

Advanced Manufacturing Hub: Involves the development of advanced materials using powder metallurgy and additive manufacturing technologies, and includes facilities for metal powder production.

Thermal Analysis Laboratory: Allows assessment of multi-component reactions, advanced brazing, sintering behaviour, and thermal properties of materials.

Advanced Tribology Laboratory: The tribology facility allows assessment of the wear, erosion and corrosion responses of advanced materials.

Advanced Ceramics Laboratory: Focuses on the fabrication and characterization of advanced structural and functional ceramics, along with related coatings.

Major collaborations

Cladding and repair of Ti-based alloys: Led by Drs. Bishop and Plucknett, this work assesses use of laser-based additive manufacturing to deposit Ti alloys or metal-matrix structures onto Ti-based substrates, with the aim of component repair rather than replacement.

Powder metallurgical processing of Al-based alloys: Led by Dr. Bishop, this team of researchers and industry partners is exploring powder metallurgy approaches for forming Al-based alloys, particularly for the automotive industry.

Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing (HI-AM): Led by Drs. Bishop and Plucknett (at Dalhousie), and involving numerous industrial partners, this pan-Canadian network aims to develop next generation additive manufacturing technologies and materials.

Structural brazing and processing of powder metallurgy superalloys: Led by Dr. Corbin, this research involves development and characterization of next generation aeroengine materials and components, as part of a Green Aircraft initiative.

Advanced cermets and coatings: Led by Drs. Farhat and Plucknett, this work assesses the use of advanced ceramic-metal composites (or cermets) to reduce wear and corrosion degradation, for both bulk cermets and associated thermal spray coatings.

Researchers

  • Dr. Stephen Corbin, Pratt & Whitney Industrial Research Chair, Mechanical Engineering: Dr. Corbin’s work is focused on powder metallurgy and additive manufacturing of titanium and nickel alloys, and brazing for joining advanced materials.
  • Dr. Paul Bishop, Professor of Mechanical Engineering: Dr. Bishop is an expert in powder metallurgy processing and characterisation of lightweight aluminium alloys. His secondary interests include additive manufacturing of metals.
  • Dr. Zoheir Farhat, Professor of Mechanical Engineering: Dr. Farhat’s research focuses on tribology and corrosion of advanced materials, in particular steels and shape-memory alloys.
  • Dr. Kevin Plucknett, Associate Dean of Research, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering: Dr. Plucknett is an expert on advanced ceramics, lightweight metals and high-performance coatings. His secondary research interests include additive manufacturing.

Special programs and work integrated learning initiatives

  • Dalhousie’s strategic research direction is grounded in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, and features signature research clusters and two cross-cutting themes, one of which is Innovation and Entrepreneurship. (SDGs 8, 9, 16 & 17).
  • Dalhousie University’s Co-op Programme: To match graduates with industry (local, national and international) hiring needs, Dalhousie has a long established Engineering co-op programme. Dedicated co-op office staff assist students in finding co-operative employment opportunities with various university partners, locally and abroad.

Partners

  • Boeing Research & Technology
  • GKN Sinter Metals
  • Pratt & Whitney Canada, Inc.
  • Wescast Industries Inc.
  • Qatar Foundation
  • Canada Foundation for Innovation
  • Dana Canada Corporation
  • Defence Research and Development Canada (DR-DC)
  • CanmetMATERIALS (NRCan)
  • Vector Aerospace
  • Rolls-Royce (Canada)

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