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Materials Innovation Centre

Materials Innovation Centre

Materials Innovation Centre

Materials (Metallic and Alloys) Innovation Centre, set up by The University of Leicester at the end of 2016.  The Materials (metallic and alloys) Innovation Centre (MatIC) is a long term strategic partnership between TWI and the University of Leicester, one of the world’s top universities, focusing on materials characterisation and novel materials development.  It has created a shared research and technology capability specialising in small and full-scale materials testing in harsh environments.  MatIC’s aim is to be a world-leading metal research centre, specialising in new experimental techniques and models to understand the fundamental mechanisms underlying cracking and defect formation during welding, casting and metal 3D printing.

Go to the bottom of the page to explore a selection of MatIC projects and publications.


  • Create a specialised research and technology capability at TWI's headquarters in Cambridge
  • Undertake joint research programmes
  • Secure a portfolio of research funding from external sponsors such as Horizon 2020 and Innovate UK
  • Develop technology maps of the University’s future needs in consideration of TWI’s Industrial Members
  • Access new markets and networks via TWI's Industrial Members

Core Areas 

  • Materials analysis, behaviour and performance
  • Physical metallurgy of welding
  • Failure mechanism of weldments
  • Computational mechanics
  • Material process modelling

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