Manufacture and Characterisation of Porous Materials. (Group website here) Our current focus is:
Ø to develop the patented Lost Carbonate Sintering (LCS) process for manufacturing porous metals,
Ø to study the mechanical, thermal, electrochemical and acoustic properties of porous metals and metal matrix syntactic foams, and
Ø to explore their feasibility for applications in energy, automotive, defence, aerospace and building industries.
The LCS technology has been licensed to Versarien plc, a high-tech start-up company founded in 2010 and floated on the London Stock Exchange in June 2013, to commercialise the LCS process for micro-porous copper in thermal management applications. LCS porous copper products can be purchased from Goodfellow.
Current Research Projects
Enhancing heat transfer in porous metals through optimisation of flow resistance
Kaikan Diao, Rob Poole, David Dennis and Yuyuan Zhao
Numerical simulation of active cooling using porous metals
Edgar Avalos Gauna, David Dennis and Yuyuan Zhao
Electrochemical properties of LCS porous metals
Pengcheng Zhu and Yuyuan Zhao
Heat transfer performance of LCS porous metals
Zhining Wu and Yuyuan Zhao
Mechanical properties of metal matrix syntactic foam
Yue Zhang, Rob Birch and Yuyuan Zhao
Fluid flow in porous metals
Xianke Lu, David Dennis and Yuyuan Zhao
Dynamic behaviour of metal matrix syntactic foams
Chen Liang and Yuyuan Zhao
Creating real value from aluminium smelter waste
Bhavik Mehta and Yuyuan Zhao
Multifunctional applications of porous metals
Liping Zhang and Yuyuan Zhao
Development of LCS porous metals with novel structures for optimum heat exchange performance
Jan Baloyo and Yuyuan Zhao
Y. Y. Zhao, ‘Porous metallic materials and method of production thereof’, EP1755809 B1, filed: 2005, granted: 2008.
Y. Y. Zhao, ‘Porous metallic materials and method of production thereof’, US8968641 B2, filed: 2005, granted: 2015.
Selected Recent Publications (Full publication list here)
P. Zhu and Y.Y. Zhao, ‘Effects of electrochemical reaction and surface morphology on electroactive surface area of porous copper manufactured by Lost Carbonate Sintering’, RSC Advances, 7(2017), 26392–26400.
L. P. Zhang and Y. Y. Zhao, ‘Particle size distribution of tin powder produced by centrifugal atomisation using rotating cups’, Powder Technology, 318(2017), 62–67.
E. Avalos and Y.Y. Zhao, ‘Numerical simulation of heat transfer in porous metals for cooling applications’, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B, 48(2017), 1925-1932.
Y. Zhang, Z. Xiao, Y.Y. Zhao, Z. Li, Y. Xing and K. Zhou, ‘Effect of thermo-mechanical treatments on corrosion behavior of Cu-15Ni-8Sn Alloy in 3.5 wt% NaCl solution’, Materials Chemistry and Physics, 199(2017), 54-66.
P. Zhu and Y.Y. Zhao, ‘Mass transfer coefficient of porous nickel manufactured by Lost Carbonate Sintering process’, Advanced Engineering Materials, 2017. DOI: 10.1002/adem.201700392.
K. Diao, L. Zhang and Y.Y. Zhao, ‘Measurement of tortuosity of porous Cu using a diffusion diaphragm cell’, Measurement, Measurement, 110(2017) 335–338.
L. Shen, Z. Li, Y.Y. Zhao, Y. Wang, Q. Dong and M. Wang, ‘Phase transformation behavior of Cu-10Ni-3Al-0.8Si alloy’, Materials Chemistry and Physics, 173(2016), 421-428.
K.K. Diao, Z. Xiao and Y.Y. Zhao, ‘Specific surface areas of porous Cu manufactured by lost carbonate sintering: measurements by quantitative stereology and cyclic voltammetry’, Materials Chemistry and Physics, 162(2015), 571-579.
M. Tiryakioğlu, J.S. Robinson, M.A. Salazar-Guapuriche, Y.Y. Zhao and P.D. Eason, ‘Hardness-strength relationships in the aluminum alloy 7010’, Materials Science and Engineering A, 631(2015), 196–200.
Last updated on 26 July 2017