Mechanics, materials and advanced manufacturing

Fostering innovation and sustainability, supporting social and economic development, and contributing to improvements in health and quality of life.

Our work develops, validates and verifies reliable models alongside robust, accurate and efficient simulation tools to describe and understand complex non-linear systems. This covers both natural and engineered systems on a wide range of spatial and temporal scales, with an emphasis on advanced materials and structures.

We develop innovative, advanced and environmentally friendly technology for application in the transport, energy generation and manufacturing industries. Effective and sustainable implementation is delivered via suitable hardware, software or management systems.

Close involvement with industry ensures that the research has both relevance and meaning. This focus on applied research enables us to work with some of the world’s most renowned global engineering companies, whilst also contributing to the needs of the local region.

Research is conducted within a vibrant environment which has benefited from major strategic investment (eg Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF) funding of £2.4 million for the Cardiff University Structural Performance (CUSP) laboratory), as well as many collaborative industrial partnerships.

Theme leader

Rossi Setchi

Professor Rossi Setchi

Leader - Mechanics, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing Research Theme

+44 (0)29 2087 5720

Centres and groups

Applied and Computational Mechanics Group

Applied and Computational Mechanics Group

Modelling techniques and computational methods for advanced engineering of materials, solids and structures.

High Value Manufacturing Group

High-Value Manufacturing Research Group

Cutting edge research into materials, systems and technologies down to the micro/nano scale.


Materials for Life (M4L)

Developing a new generation of unique, versatile and robust self-healing construction materials.

Mechanical and Structural Performance Group

Mechanical and Structural Performance Research Group

Detecting and preventing damage in materials and structures in automotive, manufacturing and aerospace engineering.

Tribology and Contact Mechanics Group

Tribology and Contact Mechanics Group

Understanding the interaction of surfaces in materials, machinery and devices.