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Dr Dirk Engelberg


Dr Engelberg’s research group focuses on the development of multi-scale assessment approaches for the prediction, simulation and mitigation of environment-assisted degradation of stainless alloys in nuclear plant, radwaste and oil & gas environment. Dr. Engelberg has broad expertise in metallurgy, microstructure and grain boundary engineering, electrochemistry, and the application of in-situ characterisation techniques, including x-ray computed tomography, image analysis, and 2D/3D image and volume correlation.  

He also has a keen interest in the characterisation of concrete and cement microstructure for the immobilisation of nuclear waste and geological disposal application. During his research, Dr. Engelberg has achieved the first, in-situ, 3-D X-ray tomography observations of intergranular stress corrosion cracking in sensitised austenitic stainless steel and sensitised aluminium alloy 5083. These observations form now the basis of a meso-scale crack propagation model to improve stress corrosion cracking resistance. 

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Nuclear waste storage and GDF environments

Managing radioactive nuclear waste through long-term geological disposal with safe interim storage above ground


Materials Performance Centre

Materials performance is fundamental to the nuclear industry in clean up and decommissioning, plant operation and life extension, as well as potential new build. The Materials Performance Centre (MPC) is the largest nuclear materials research centre in UK academia, with over 70 researchers and over £30 million research income. The MPC is a National Centre of Excellence in nuclear materials research and training.

Nuclear energy, Nuclear waste, Nuclear Engineering Decommissioning


Corrosion and Protection

The Corrosion and Protection Centre is part of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and has one of the world's largest academic base focussed on corrosion and its control.

Corrosion, Aerospace, Nuclear energy


Research Centre for Radwaste and Decommissioning

The RCRD is dedicated to research and training into the safe containment and disposal of radioactive wastes, the decommissioning of contaminated nuclear plant and the containment and remediation of radionuclides in the environment.

Nuclear energy, Nuclear waste


Dalton Nuclear Institute

Nuclear energy, Nuclear waste, Energy, Nuclear Engineering Decommissioning