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Research Interests

Creep; Welding; Residual Stress; Structural Integrity; Microstructure and Mechanical Performance of Materials



Bo Chen joined Coventry University in September 2015 as Lecturer in Materials and Manufacturing Processes, being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2017. He worked as a Research Associate in the School of Materials, The University of Manchester (2013-2015) and as a Teaching Associate and Research Assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol (2011-2013). He has degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Beihang University in China (BSc) and in Mechanical Engineering from University of Bristol in the UK (PhD).

His research focuses on developing the mechanistic understanding of materials performance under extreme environments (creep, fatigue, oxidation). His research interests are in the use of both experimental and modelling techniques at different length-scales to develop a mechanistic understanding of materials performance and predict the lifetime of key engineering components. He has a track record in the use of worldwide neutron diffraction facilities to measure residual stresses and understand the micro-mechanics of materials.

Specific research interests include:

  • High temperature structural materials – microstructure, creep, fatigue and oxidation mechanisms
  • Neutron and synchrotron X-ray diffraction / imaging for studying deformation and damage mechanisms
  • High temperature structural integrity assessment
  • Additive Manufacturing – Titanium and nickel-base superalloys
  • Multi-scale residual stress measurement and modelling prediction

External research partners include Universities of Oxford, Manchester, Bristol, Leicester; Deakin University (Australia), Swinburne University of Technology (Australia), Beihang University (China), East China University of Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology Beijing (China), STFC, EDF Energy UK, The MTC, Rolls-Royce PLC, Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Sheffield.


Vision Statement


A range of new structural materials and innovative manufacturing technologies have been developed over previous years. However, a greater confidence is required to predict the lifetime of engineering components made up of these materials before one can see their engineering applications. The ultimate goal of my research is to develop experiments validated physical based models to predict the materials performance in demanding environments. The models should be practical for engineering structural integrity assessment. This could be achieved by employing complementary multi-scale experimental / modelling tools to bridge the gap between the microstructures and the engineering structures.


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