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Associate Professor Edmund Tarleton Senior Research Fellow in Materials Engineering

Associate Professor

Edmund Tarleton MSc DPhil CEng FIMMM

Senior Research Fellow in Materials Engineering


Ed is an EPSRC Research Fellow, developing computational models of engineering materials, and a Supernumerary Fellow at St Anne's College. He completed a DPhil in Materials Science and MSc in Mathematical Modelling & Scientific Computing at Oriel College, Oxford.

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Research Interests

  • Discrete dislocation plasticity
  • Crystal plasticity
  • Coupled mechanical/diffusion models
  • Cohesive zone modelling

HEms Project

The Hydrogen Embrittlement of Steels (HEMS) project was a consortium funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council to study the damage caused to steels by exposure to hydrogen. Upon exposure to hydrogen steels demonstrate a dramatic decrease in their tensile strength and instead of bending and stretching, the steel "cracks" in a brittle fashion. The HEMS consortium was a collaboration between a number of UK universities to study this phenomenon and elucidate the physical mechanisms underpinning it. If steels could be manufactured which are resistant to this effect it would enable a range of new technologies in the fields of energy and transport, and would be an essential step towards transforming to a hydrogen based energy economy.

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