Lloyd's Register Educational Trust to fund Chair in Materials Fabrication and Engineering

Saturday, May 31st 2008

The Lloyd's Register Educational Trust has announced that it is to fund a new Chair in Materials Engineering and Fabrication at The Open University.

The award is for £600,000 spread over five years, and will support a programme of research investigating the structural integrity of welded joints, as well as developing improved methods for residual stress analysis.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, who leads the Structural Integrity research activity at The Open University, said: "We are delighted that Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust has selected us for this major award. It will allow us to boost our work in structural integrity assessment of welded joints, which is already recognized as world-leading".

Michael Franklin, Director of the Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust, said "A large part of the Educational Trust’s work is to support fundamental engineering research to address problems and challenges and to find solutions that will be for the public benefit.

"In the last few years, we have committed around £10m to support research programmes at a number of universities around the world. The award to The Open University brings them into this unique and important group".

The award will complement a broader collaboration on engineering teaching and research between The Open University and TWI, the Centre for Materials Joining Technologies, aimed at addressing skills shortages in the engineering workforce.

For more information see the University's News Pages

Report an error on this page