Lima Research 1Research at LIMA is aimed at gaining further insight into fundamental aspects of material behaviour. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Crack formation & propagation in brittle materials
  • Mechanical behaviour of aero engine material  systems, including metal alloys (Ti64), composites & foams
  • Mechanical properties of biological systems, e.g. silk, tendons, bones
  • Characterisation of surface composition and adsorption kinetics, e.g. amides at polymer-air interface
  • Development and applications of novel techniques for studying materials behaviour and interactions in-situ

For more information please see some of our recent publications, listed below, or contact the Facility Manager ( 

Recent Publications

Lima Research 5Prashant Potnis & John Huber, In-situ observation of needle domain evolution in barium titanate single crystals, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, Vol.33(2), pp327–333, 2013

Dragnevski, K.I., A brief overview of in-situ mechanical testing in the Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope, Micro & Nanosystems, Vol. 4(2), pp 92-96, 2012

Maitland, A., Dragnevski, K. I. & Cocks, A.C.F., A ‘simple’ method for in-situ observation of crack mechanisms in ceramic materials in the Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope, Micro & Nanosystems, Vol. 4(2), pp 106-110, 2012

Alexander M. Korsunsky, Felix Hofmann, Xu Song, Brian Abbey and Nikolaos Baimpas , A Review of Recent In Situ Deformation Studies Using Synchrotron X-Ray (Micro) Beams Micro & Nanosystems, Vol. 4(2), pp 97-105, 2012

Islam, O., Dragnevski, K.I. & Siviour, C.R., On some aspects of latex drying – ESEM observation, Progress in Organic Coatings, Vol. 75(4), pp 444-448, 2012
S. Arezoo , V. L. Tagarielli , N. Petrinic & J. M. Reed,

The mechanical response of Rohacell foams at different length scales, Journal of Materials Science, Vol.46, pp6863–6870, 2011

Tea-Sung Jun, Dragnevski K.I., Korsunsky, A.M., Microstructure, Residual Strain and Eigenstrain Analysis of Dissimilar Friction Welding Joints, Materials & Design, Vol. 31, pp S121-S124, 2010;

Dave, S., Song, X., Hofmann, F., Dragnevski, K.I., Korsunsky, A.M., Digital image correlation and finite element analysis of inter- and intra-granular deformation, Procedia Engineering, Vol. 1, pp 197-200, 2009