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Dr Chu Lun Alex Leung
5.14
Malet Place Eng. Building, UCL Mechanical Engineering
Torrington Place
London
Greater London
WC1E 7JE
Appointment
  • Lecturer in Imaging of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Biography

Chu Lun Alex Leung is Lecturer in Imaging of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University College London. Leung's research focuses on the development of intelligent advanced manufacturing using cutting-edge sensing technologies, including "Development of multi-modalities imaging techniques for laser additive manufacturing". Prior to his appointment, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UCL (2018 - 2019) and a Research Associate (2013 - 2017) in the Department of Materials at The University of Manchester, where he obtained his PhD in Materials (2018). His thesis: "X-ray imaging of powder consolidation during laser additive manufacturing" led him to receive 5 individual awards, including the Sir Richard Brook prize (Best Engineering PhD in the UK) sponsored by the Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics and the Winner of the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) PM Thesis Competition 2019 sponsored by Högänas AB.

Before starting his research career, Leung worked for the British Steel (formerly known as Tata Steel Europe) as a Technical Graduate Trainee (2010 - 2011) and a New Product Development Project Manager (2011 - 2013). Besides his industrial experience, he earned a Design London fellowship (2009 - 2011) funded by Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art and worked on a product prototype using directable light technology. He received a First Class Honour degree in Aerospace Materials (MEng) and David West prize (2010) from the Department of Materials, Imperial College London.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Chu Lun Alex Leung is part of the Materials Structure & Manufacturing group, based at the Harwell Campus. He works closely with many leading academics and industrialists to perform manufacturing research using large facilities located at the Harwell Campus, e.g. Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron Source, the Central Laser Facilities, and the Harwell XPS facility.

 

Leung's research focuses on the development of intelligent advanced manufacturing using cutting-edge sensing technologies. We achieve this by probing the heart of the advanced manufacturing process to gain new understanding of the laser-matter interaction, multi-phase flow, and solidification behaviour; and then apply that knowledge to design next-generation engineering tools for process and product optimisation.


Current research topics include:

  • Materials design for laser additive manufacturing
  • Application of X-ray computed tomography for assessing product quality from powder materials to manufactured components, including defect and service performance analysis.
  • Application of multi-modal imaging techniques, e.g. optical, thermal and synchrotron X-rays, to visualise, understand, and elucidate process and defect dynamics occurring during laser material processing.

Appointments
07-OCT-2019 Lecturer UCL Mechanical Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2018 – 06-OCT-2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Department of Mechanical Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
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