The University of Southampton
nC2 An Enterprise Consultancy Unit

Expertise for industry

Forensic investigations of Warship Components
Marine Engine Failure Analysis

nC² is a University of Southampton engineering business unit working directly for industry to provide consultancy services including: material testing, characterisation, failure investigation and applied research.


We offer solutions to industry in the fields of tribology, surface science and materials engineering. The state of the art equipment we utilise can produce abrasive, corrosive or erosive simulated environments providing material testing for our industrial customers from sports, oil & gas, manufacturing, transport and medical sectors. The nC² staff, working with resident academics use forensic materials examination and characterisation techniques to investigate and diagnose component failures, providing documented evidence where needed.


  • 30 January 2017

    Friction testing on ice

    Dr Nicola Symonds and PhD student Miss Agata Tomaszewska travelled ...

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  • 13 December 2016

    Dragonfly day outreach event

    Our staff have spent the day supporting Dragonfly day.

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