Professor Michael Fitzpatrick

Professor Michael Fitzpatrick is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing at Coventry University, and holds the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Chair of Materials Fabrication and Engineering.

His research centres around the application of advanced experimental methods to materials engineering applications, particularly in the nuclear power and aerospace industries. He has published over 150 research papers. His group has a range of research projects assessing materials performance and structural integrity issues in collaboration with partners in industry and government research laboratories around the world.

His recent interests include the study of laser shock peening for life enhancement of aerospace and marine structures, and the development of novel structural concepts such as bonded crack retarders for improving airframe structural integrity.

He has been a user of the international neutron and synchrotron X-ray facilities for over 20 years, for the study of internal stress and damage development in metallic materials and components. He was the recipient of the Lidstone Medal of The Welding Institute in 2009.

  • M. E. Fitzpatrick, F. G. Caballero, M. H. Van de Voorde. ‘Nanostructural Metallic Materials – Nanoengineering and Nanomanufacturing’, in The Nano-Micro Interface: Bridging the Micro and Nano Worlds, Second Edition. Edited by H.-J. Fecht, M. Werner & M. Van de Voorde. 2015, Wiley-VCH, pp. 135-158.
  • A. Rao, P. J. Bouchard, M. E. Fitzpatrick, ‘Anelasticity in Austenitic Stainless Steels’, Acta Mater. 2012
  • J. E. Moffatt, M. E. Fitzpatrick and L. Edwards, ‘Effect of frequency on high-temperature fatigue crack growth in a silicon carbide reinforced silicon nitride composite’, Intl. J. Fatigue. 2013
  • R. D. Haigh, M. T. Hutchings, J. A. James, S. Ganguly, R. Mizuno, K. Ogawa, S. Okido, A. M. Paradowska, M. E. Fitzpatrick, ‘Neutron diffraction residual stress measurements on girth-welded 304 stainless steel pipes with weld metal deposited up to half and full pipe wall thickness’,  Intl J. Pressure Vessels and Piping 2013
  • D. H. Bacon, L. Edwards, J. E. Moffatt, M. E. Fitzpatrick, ‘Fatigue and Fracture of a 316 Stainless Steel Metal Matrix Composite Reinforced With 25% Titanium Diboride’, Intl. J. Fatigue: 2013
  • M. B. Toparli, M. E. Fitzpatrick, S. Gungor, ‘Improvement of the contour method for measurement of near-surface residual stresses from laser peening’, Experimental Mechanics:2013
  • H. Zhang, M. J. Gorley, K. B. Chong, M. E. Fitzpatrick, S. G. Roberts and P. S. Grant, ‘An in-situ powder neutron diffraction study of nano-precipitate formation during processing of oxide-dispersion-strengthened ferritic steels’, J. Alloys Compounds:2014, 2013
  • G. Burca, W. Kockelmann, J. A. James, M. E. Fitzpatrick, ‘Modelling of an imaging beamline at the ISIS pulsed neutron source’. J. Instrumentation:2013
  • A. K. Syed, M. E. Fitzpatrick, J. E. Moffatt, ‘Evolution of residual stress during fatigue crack growth in an aluminium specimen with a bonded crack retarder’. Composite Structures:2014
  • B. Ahmad, M. E. Fitzpatrick, ‘Effect of Ultrasonic Peening and Accelerated Corrosion Exposure on the Residual Stress Distribution in Welded Marine Steel’, Metall. Mater. Trans.
  • PROMINENT: Performance and Reliability of Metallic Materials for Nuclear Fission Power Generation: Fundamental research challenges for the long-term performance and stability of materials for nuclear fission power plant 
  • Laser shock peening for aerospace applications: Optimization of laser shock peening for enhanced structural integrity 
  • Mechanisms of residual stress generation in mechanical surface treatment: the role of cyclic plasticity and texture: Develop a model for hardening and residual stress generation in surface treated aluminium alloys, incorporating crystallographic texture and treatment parameters 
  • Optimization of residual stress generation from laser shock peening: modelling the plasma pulse and the effect on component performance: Study the effects of pressure pulse assumptions on the residual stresses generated by FE modelling of laser peening 
  • International Joint Research Centre in Nuclear Safety 
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University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021