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Laser Processing Research Centre (LPRC) at The Universty of Manchester, United Kingdom

 

Professor Li, obtained PhD in Laser Engineering from Imperial College, London University in 1989. He then worked at Liverpool University as a Research Associate and Research Fellow on laser welding, in-process sensing and laser treatment of surfaces. In 1994 he was appointed as a lecturer at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (then known as UMIST) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He set-up the first high power laser processing research laboratory and research group at UMIST. In 2000, he was promoted to a full Professor, Chair of Laser Engineering. He set up a multiple disciplinary Laser Processing Research Centre (LPRC) in 2000. Academic administration duties includes Director of Computing (2000-2004), Chairman of Course Committee and Examininers Board (Engineering Manufacturing and Management, MEng, Manufacturing System Engineering, BEng, 2000 - 2005), Director of Laser Processing Research Centre (since 2000), Head of Manufacturing and Laser Processing Research Group (since 2007), Chairman of School Recruitment Strategy Committee (since 2008), Acting Director of Research (since June 2009), Acting Deputy Head of School (since June 2009) and member of Senate of the University of Machester (since 2007).Professor Li is a member of Editorial Board for journals: Optics and Laser Technology, IMechE Proceedings Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, International Journal of Engineering Buisness Management. He is a member Board of Directors of Laser Institute of Americal, Member of Executive Committee of Association of Industrial Laser Users (since 2004) and Co-Director of Northwest Laser Engineering Consortium (since 2005). Professor Li is the author and co-author of 430 publications in peer reviewed journals and proceedings of international conferences in laser processing science and technology. He is the inventor/co-inventor of over 40 patents relating to laser processing technology. Professor Li received Arthur Charles Main Award from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in 2001 for work in laser based nuclear decommissioning technology. He was elected as Fellow of Institute of Energineering and Technology in 2005 and was awarded Fellow of Laser Institute of America in 2007 and Fellow of CIRP (International Acadamy of Production Engineering) in 2008.

Research

The Laser Processing Research Centre is a recognised centre of excellence in academic laser materials processing research. It is run to the ISO 9001 standard by staff with a combination of industrial and academic backgrounds and has a proven record of delivering practical laser solutions to industrial customers.

 -Four themes (T1-T4) of research activies in the LPRC, with each allocated to a dedicated team with specialist skills in the appropriate fields.

      Theme 1: Additive and Shaping Processes

The team is specializing in additive manufacturing using Laser Direct Metal Powder Deposition and Wire Deposition techniques. Current projects are developing these processes and applying them to high performance, nickel and titanium alloys.

     Theme 2: Cutting, Drilling and Welding

The team is looking at a range of cutting and drilling processes of particular interest to the aerospace industries, including welding of dissimilar metals and laser drilling of cooling holes in aerospace components.

      Theme 3: Micro/Nano-Processes, NanoPhotonics and MetaMaterials

The main current projects are: laser interaction with micro/nano-objects; Nanophotonics modelling; the application of laser technology for extending micro-tool lifetimes by surface refurbishment and deposition of nano-structured coatings; laser generation of nano-particles by high-power, high-brightness lasers; and micro-machining of various materials using ultra-fast lasers.

 

       Theme 4: Computer Simulation and Modelling

The team is demonstrating the wide scope of this field by performing muti-scale multi-displinary modelling of laser material interactions with both analytical and numerical modelling techniques.

 

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http://laser.mace.manchester.ac.uk/home/

 

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