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
Development of LCS porous metals with novel structures for optimum heat exchange performance
Jan Baloyo, Will Battrick and Yuyuan Zhao
Electrochemical properties of porous metals manufactured by Lost Carbonate Sintering
Kaikan Diao 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
Multifunctional applications of porous metals
Liping Zhang and Yuyuan Zhao
Enhancing heat transfer in porous metals through optimisation of flow resistance
Rob Poole, David Dennis 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)
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.
X. Xue and Y. Zhao, ‘Chapter 7: Titanium matrix syntactic foams’, in: Metal Matrix Syntactic Foams – processing, microstructure, properties and applications, ed. by N. Gupta and P. K. Rohatgi, DEStech Publications, Inc., Lancaster, PA 17602 USA, 2015, pp. 159-199.
M. Altenaiji, Z. Guan, W. Cantwell, Y. Zhao and G. Schleyer, ‘Characterisation of aluminium matrix syntactic foams under drop weight impact’, Materials and Design, 59(2014), 296–302.
Z. Xiao and Y.Y. Zhao, ‘Heat transfer coefficient of porous copper with homogeneous and hybrid structures in active cooling’, Journal of Materials Research, 28(2013), 2545-2553.
Z. Xiao, Z. Li, A. Zhu, Y. Zhao and Y. Zhu, ‘Surface characterization and corrosion behavior of a novel imitation-gold copper alloy with high tarnish resistance property in salt spray environment’, Corrosion Science, 76(2013), 42-51.
B. Zhang, T. Chen, Y. Zhao, W. Zhang and J. Zhu, ‘Numerical and analytical solutions for sound propagation and absorption in porous media at high sound pressure levels’, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 132(2012), 1436–1449.
X.F. Tao and Y.Y. Zhao, ‘Compressive failure of Al matrix syntactic foams manufactured by melt infiltration’, Materials Science and Engineering A, 549(2012), 228-232.
S. Gong, Z. Li and Y.Y. Zhao, ‘An extended Mori–Tanaka model for the elastic moduli of porous materials of finite size’, Acta Materialia, 59(2011), 6820-6830.
S. Gong, Z. Li, G.Y. Xu, N. Liu, Y.Y. Zhao and S.Q. Liang, ‘Fabrication, microstructure and property of cellular CuAlMn shape memory alloys produced by sintering–evaporation process’, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 509(2011), 2924-2928.
Last updated on 26 August 2015