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Biography

Professor Liam Blunt has an honours degree in Materials Technology and a PhD in "The Metallurgy of Centreless Ground surfaces" under the supervision of Dr Wilf Tomlinson at Coventry University. Prof Blunt also spent one year working as a metallurgist in failure analysis at AMTAC Laboratories in Manchester.

His Academic experience includes Post Doctoral period  at Warwick University  covering Microscopy of Thick and Thin Film Superconductors.  Prof Blunt then moved onto Birmingham University  in 1990 to work on the development of a multi properties materials tester. Whilst at Birmingham he developed an interest in tribology and surface metrology. Eventually Prof Blunt secured a lectureship and developed his research in the field of surface metrology.

In 1997 Prof Blunt moved to Huddersfield and began developing the Centre for Precision Technologies. As well as teaching in the area of Materials and Manufacturing processes. During this period the CPT has expanded from three researchers to a thirty strong activity Prof Blunt has formed extensive industrial collaborations in particular with Taylor Hobson Ltd a world  leading metrology company. Prof Blunt held the Taylor Hobson Chair of Surface Metrology 2002-2012. Prof Blunt is the Unit of Assessment Co-ordintor for Engineering and Director of the Centre for Precision Engineering.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Surface micro and nano metrology
  • Tribology and Metrology Medical Implants
  • Development of Precision Abrasive Processes
  • Forensic Metrology for Ballistics
  • Development of standards
  • Roll 2 Roll Manufacture and Metrology

Research Degree Supervision

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Keywords

  • Materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Thin Films
  • Nanotechnology
  • Material Characteristics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surface Characterisation
  • Surface Modification
  • Surface Analysis
  • Surface Properties

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Projects 2011 2023

ESPRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology

Jiang, X., Blunt, L., Longstaff, A., Towns-Andrews, L., Scott, P., Myers, A., Fletcher, S. & Ball, A.

1/09/1128/02/17

Project: ResearchResearch Council

Future Advanced Metrology Hub

Jiang, X., Martin, H., Longstaff, A., Kadirkamanathan, V., Turner, M. S., Keogh, P., Scott, P., McLeay, T., Blunt, L., Zeng, W., Huntley, J. M., Bills, P., Fletcher, S., Gao, F., Coupland, J. M., Kinnell, P., Mahfouf, M. & Mullineux, G.

1/10/1630/09/23

Project: ResearchResearch Council

Research Output 1988 2019

2 Citations

An Interlaboratory Comparison of X-Ray Computed Tomography Measurement for Texture and Dimensional Characterisation of Additively Manufactured Parts

Townsend, A., Racasan, R., Leach, R., Senin, N., Thompson, A., Ramsey, A., Bate, D., Woolliams, P., Brown, S. & Blunt, L., 1 Oct 2018, In : Additive Manufacturing. 23, p. 422-432 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Tomography
Textures
X rays
Electron beam melting
Volume measurement

Areal topography measurement of metal additive surfaces using focus variation microscopy

Newton, L., Senin, N., Gomez, C., Danzl, R., Helmli, F., Blunt, L. & Leach, R., 15 Nov 2018, In : Additive Manufacturing. 25, p. 365-389 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Topography
Microscopic examination
Metals
Textures
Powders
2 Citations
Calibration
Machine vibrations
machine tools
Error correction
Scanning

Characterisation of powder-filled defects in additive manufactured surfaces using X-ray CT

Tawfik, A., Bills, P., Blunt, L. & Racasan, R., 1 Feb 2018, 8th Conference on Industrial Computed Tomography. 8 p. (Open Access Database of Nondestructive Testing).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File
Powders
X rays
Defects
3D printers
Inspection

Characterization of Material Loss from Femoral Stem Taper Surfaces through Development of a Responsive Morphological Filtering Technique

Dransfeld, K., Racasan, R., Blunt, L. & Bills, P., Jun 2018, Beyond the Implant: Retrieval Analysis Methods for Implant Surveillance. Mihalko, W. M., Lemons, J. E., Greenwald, A. S. & Kurtz, S. M. (eds.). ASTM International, Vol. STP 1606. p. 173-190 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Bearings (structural)
Arthroplasty
Diamond
Topography
Diamonds

Activities 2006 2018

  • 19 Oral presentation
  • 4 Invited talk

Advanced Cutting Tools and Process Optimization Strategies for Ultra-Precision Machining of Functional Surfaces

Zhen Tong (Invited speaker), Jane Jiang (Invited speaker), Liam Blunt (Invited speaker)
21 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

The Effect of Cartridge Material on Ballistic Toolmark Identification

Katie Addinall (Speaker), Wenhan Zeng (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Liam Blunt (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
30 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Metrology in Bio-Applications

Jane Jiang (Keynote speaker), Paul Bills (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Radu Racasan (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Liam Blunt (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
13 Jul 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Detection of Unmelted Power in Additive Manufactured Components Using Computer Tomography

Ahmed Tawfik (Speaker), Radu Racasan (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Paul Bills (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Liam Blunt (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
13 Jul 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Characterization of Defects/Porosity in Additive Manufactured Components Using Computer Tomography

Paul Bills (Speaker), Radu Racasan (Speaker), Ahmed Tawfik (Speaker), Liam Blunt (Speaker)
1 Oct 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation