Current Research

I am undertaking a Sandvik sponsored project that aims to develop understanding within the area of Titanium Machinability. Small and large-scale machinability studies for drilling and turning processes will help underpin the mechanisms by which WC/Co tools wear for a range of titanium alloys and facilitate the advancement of Sandvik products used for near-β titanium alloy machining. The interaction between tool and workpieces is of key importance within my project as the impact of tooling strategies on microstructural deformation and fatigue life needs to be better understood for near-β titanium alloy machining due to the critical nature of the components that utilise such alloys. The aforementioned work is being completed via the development of novel machinability testing methods and high-resolution microscopy, XRD analysis and spectroscopy techniques on the tool and machined surfaces.