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, 2017. DOI: 10.1007/s11663-017-0981-1
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.
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.
Last updated on 30 May 2017