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Dr Dirk Engelberg - research

Research interests

Metallurgy & Materials Science

  • Metallurgy of Steels, Stainless Steel and Nickel-base Alloy
  • Thermo-mechanical Processing
  • Microstructure Design and Engineering
  • Surface Treatments & Finishing 


Corrosion & Materials Characterisation

  • Localised Corrosion and Environment Assisted Cracking
  • Sensitisation, Sensitisation Testing and Intergranular Corrosion
  • Pitting & Crevice Corrosion
  • Advanced 3-D Material Characterisation Techniques
  • "In-situ" Observations - X-ray Computed Tomography - Digital Image Analysis & Correlation
  • Nuclear Waste Disposal & Containment Materials


Cement & Concrete

  • Microstructure Engineering of Cement and Concrete
  • Corrosion of Steel & Stainless Steel in Cementitious Envrionment
  • Autogenous Strain Development & Hydration 
  • Laser Scabbling / Surface Treatment of Concrete & Mortars

Research Projects

Reseach Group: The focus of my research is to enrich our understanding of localised corrosion (pitting, crevice, intergranular etc.), environment assisted cracking (EAC), and cement/concrete microstructure performance. Most of my research projects address the development of multi-scale assessment approaches for the prediction, simulation, and mitigation of environment-assisted degradation in nuclear plant, radwaste storage/disposal environments, and for demanding petrochemical application.  My research team is 10-15 members strong, with 7 to 10 PhD students, supported by 1-2 research associates, and a “bunch” of UG/PG/internship project students.

Current/Active PhD Projects / PI (2014):

(i) 2011-15 Low-Temperature Crack Propagation in Alloy 82 Weld Metal (G.Klimaytys)

(ii) 2011-15 Performance of Duplex Stainless Steel in Nuclear Waste Storage Environment (C.Oernek)

(iii) 2012-15 Mechanistic understanding of in-pond corrosion of AGR fuel cladding (C.M.Chan)

(iv) 2013-16 In-situ observation of pitting corrosion and chloride-induced stress corrosion cracking in austenitic stainless steel (F.Alumaili)

(v) 2013-16 Performance Characterisation of a New Generation Nickel Base Alloy for O&G Well Environment Application (M.Brown)

(vi) 2014-17 Elucidating the Mechanism of EAC of Stainless Steel in Hydrochloric-Acid Containing Vapour Environment (B.Krawczyk)

(vii) 2014-17 Elucidating Steel Corrosion in Microstructure Engineered Cement (Y.Wen)

(viii) 2014-17 Environment-Assisted Cracking of Microstructure Engineered Duplex Stainless Steel Welds (P.Reccagni)

Active Projects - Research Associates / PI (2014):

(i) 2013-16 KTP Associate - To Embed Expertise in Copper Electroplating at Mechanistic Level to Meet KBS-3 Copper Canister Specification for High Level Nuclear Waste (T.Hernandes-Selva)

(ii) 2014-15 PDRA - Research Associate in Corrosion & Materials Performance (short listed)

(iii) 2014-15 PDRA - Research Associate in Materials Characterisation (vacant)

Cross-Disciplinary PhD Projects / Co-Supervisor (2014):

(i) 2010 - 2014 Sheffield University PhD: An Investigation Into the Effects of Load Induced Thermal Strain on Cementitious Microstructure (R.Stein)

(ii) 2011 - 2015 Sheffield University PhD: Laser Scabbling of Concrete Microstructure for Nuclear Decommissioning (B.Peach)

(iii) 2013 - 2017 UoManchester PhD Chemistry - Contamination & Decontamination of Steel Components (A.Lang)

(iv) 2014 - 2018 UoManchester PhD Chemistry - Decontamination Mechanisms in Steels (I.Nedlyalkova)