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Dr Brian G Mellor MA, PhD, CEng, MIM

Emeritus Professor

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Dr Brian G Mellor is Emeritus Professor within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Brian graduated with a 2:1 in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1969 specialising in Metallurgy. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1973 for research carried out on the unidirectional growth of eutectoid alloys sponsored by the Science Research Council. He then joined Fulmer Research Institute as a Metallurgical Research Investigator and researched shape memory alloys. Subsequently he was a Royal Society European Science Exchange Scheme post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Metallurgy, University Complutense, Madrid, Spain investigating shape memory alloys, amalgams and new uses for waste industrial products. 

Upon returning to the UK he joined the University of Southampton in 1981. He has maintained his links with Spanish Universities in particular with the Thermal Spray Centre at Barcelona University. He is a Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and a Chartered Engineer.

Research interests

Brian Mellor's research interests centre on the performance of materials in service and surface engineering.  He is particularly interested in the influence of microstructure on the ability of a surface to resist wear and the fatigue. In essence this involves changing the chemical and physical nature of the surface so as to better resist service stresses and thus the component has improved performance against wear and fatigue cracking. He has a long standing interest in shape memory alloys and is at present researching their uses as coatings in tribological applications.

His interests have led him to combine his academic duties with consultancy activities for the Research Institute for Industry where he addresses material performance issues. He has also provided Expert Evidence in several high profile maritime cases.

Research group

Engineering Materials

Research project(s)

Micromechanistic analysis of damage evolution in aerospace and automotive materials - Dormant

Early crack initiation processes in steel arc welds

In-situ characterization of microstructure and fatigue performance of Al-Si piston alloys

Life assessment methods for industrial steam and gas turbines

Smart surface: nanoactuators for advanced tribological applications

This project is aimed at fabricating complex multilayered coatings with the interposition of a superelastic or functional interlayer for tribological applications.

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Book Chapters


Module titleModule codeDisciplineRole
Influence of Design and Manufacture on Materials Service Performance SESG3002 Engineering Sciences Course leader
Manufacturing with Metals SESG3001 Engineering Sciences Course leader
Failure of Materials Under Stress SESG6009 Engineering Sciences Tutor
Microstructural Engineering for Transport Applications SESG6007 Engineering Sciences Tutor
Surface Engineering SESG6017 Engineering Sciences Tutor
Dr Brian G Mellor
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number: 7/4039

Facsimile: (023) 8059 3016

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