Our platform research (P) themes focus on two key scientific and technological areas which are essential to delivering our vision – ‘Powders by Design’ and ‘Process by Design’. Together with our cross-cutting (X) research themes, they provide the enablers to our grand challenge (GC) themes and cross-cutting grand challenge themes.

Researching powders by design enables us to understand the complexity in powder systems and develop a systems-level approach to deepen our understanding of their morphology and interaction. Our process by design research encompasses various powder processing systems, developed through advanced processing, control and monitoring to ensure consistent performance and enhanced manufacturing rates

The areas covered in our platform research (P) are:

P2.1a Process Definition and Control in Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF)

P2.1b Process Definition and Control in Directed Energy Deposition (DED)

P2.2a Field Assisted Sintering Technology/Spark Plasma Sintering/Hot Isostatic Pressing

P2.2b Fundamentals of Solid State Processing

P2.3a Diode Area Melting

P2.3b High Speed Sintering and Polymer AM

P2.3c Ceramics