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Chris Oswin

Research Group Manager at Materials Processing Institiute


Chris Oswin is Manager of Process Simulation and Materials Engineering at the Materials Processing Institute, a research and innovation centre serving organisations that work in advanced materials, low carbon energy and the circular economy. He is responsible for the delivery of the research and technical activities including Physical Modelling, Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics and the Forensic Metallurgy carried out in the Institutes Metallurgy Laboratory.

A graduate in Physics from Durham University, Chris joined what was then British Steel in 1992 and has worked in industrial research and development ever since. 

Key projects that Chris has worked on over the years include the development of the first Finite Element modelling technique within the UK steel industry including the creation of a Roll Pass Design Expert system for British Steel and leading an investigate into Toe Batter on Rail which lead to a significant yield saving.  Chris has worked on all aspects of the rolling process route with a focus on mathematical modelling and has used Finite Element models of rolling, cooling and straightening to drive process improvements.

Chris is the Institute’s lead on Industry 4.0 and is currently working on how the Institute’s Normanton Plant can be used as a digital demonstrator to showcase how Industry 4.0 technologies can be retrofitted to an existing steel plant.


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