Materials and Manufacturing
Brunel University London
Dr Shouxun Ji is currently a Lecturer at BCAST. He is focusing on developing lightweight materials and structures for the automotive industry, including purpose developed aluminium and magnesium alloys with improved ductility, strength, modulus, or thermal conductivity, and the hybrid structures using different materials. He is also working on new materials for aerospace application, such as materials for explosive cords and high strength casting materials for aircraft. Meanwhile, he is in charge of all the equipment specification, planning and supply in the AMCC 1 and 2 programmes. Before rejoining Brunel in October 2010, Dr. Ji was a Manager at Arcadia, leading a team working on various projects to develop products and managing supply chains. Prior to that Dr. Ji was the Chief Engineer of BCAST, specializing in semi-solid processing of rheo-die casting, rheo-extrusion and rheo-twin roll casting. Dr. Ji has worked on a number of projects within casting technology including green sand and resin-bonded sand, core-making and moulding process, foundry machinery, lost foam process, gravity casting, low pressure die casting, centrifugal casting and high pressure die casting. He has first-hand experience on cast irons (spheroidal graphite cast iron and austempered ductile iron), aluminium alloys, copper alloys and magnesium alloys. He is also familiar with design of casting equipment, hydraulic and pneumatic system, and plc control system.
Currently, his research projects include (1) light weight materials for automotive industry, especially super ductile aluminium alloys and magnesium alloys, (2) high pressure die casting of thin-wall casting, (3) semi-solid processing of aluminium alloys and magnesium alloys.