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Special Issue "Advances in Structural Metallic Systems for Gas Turbines"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 13 May 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Mark T. Whittaker

Institute of Structural Materials, Bay Campus, College of Engineering, Swansea University. SA1 8EN, Swansea, UK
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Interests: thermo-mechanical fatigue, creep, fatigue lifing, titanium alloys, nickel-based superalloys

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The EPSRC Rolls-Royce Strategic Partnership for Structural Metallic Systems for Advanced Gas Turbine Applications was initiated in 2009 with sponsorship secured to provide a ten-year research and training programme underwritten by a memorandum of understanding between Rolls-Royce and EPSRC. This partnership is unique across the United Kingdom in the sense that it combines industry-led research at the postdoctoral level with a parallel scheme of postgraduate research training. Research themes are defined through collaboration between leading UK materials academics and industrial colleagues based within Rolls-Royce and its key supply chain companies. The research conducted under the strategic partnership provides an exemplar of academic–industrial knowledge transfer.

As the strategic partnership enters its tenth and final year, this Special Issue of Materials showcases some of the research performed in recent years. To act as a focal point for dissemination within the scheme, a conference is held regularly with one of the three core members of the partnership, Birmingham, Cambridge and Swansea universities, acting as host. “Satellite” universities including Imperial, Manchester, Cranfield, and Sheffield also provide welcome support to the industrially focussed research. The papers presented here are a reflection of the research presented at the fifth conference in the series, held at the Vale of Glamorgan hotel and organised by Swansea University. The conference deliberately encourages student presentations, with both EngD and PhD students presenting their work in either oral sessions structured around the technical work packages of the strategic partnership, or through extensive poster sessions. In many cases, the conference also provides a useful stepping stone to students looking to present their work to open audiences on the international stage. The contributions in this Issue provide a range of papers from industry, where future engineering and materials requirements are examined, and all three core universities.

As part of the EPSRC-RR Strategic Partnership, I encourage you to contribute papers to this Special Issue of Materials, focussed around the fifth conference in the series related to the partnership, to be held at the Vale of Glamorgan hotel, May 13–15th 2019. Previous collections of papers have proven to be very well received, and we hope for a strong collection of papers here.

Submissions are limited to members of the EPSRC-Rolls Royce Strategic Partnership in Structural Materials.

Dr. Mark T. Whittaker
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Materials is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • EPSRC-RR Strategic partnership
  • Nickel
  • Titanium
  • Fatigue

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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