Dr Richard Turner EngD

Dr Richard Turner

School of Metallurgy and Materials
Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Metallurgy and Materials
PRISM Research Group
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Richard Turner is a Research Fellow in the computational modelling and materials simulation Research Group, PRISM2, in the School of Metallurgy & Materials.

Richard has performed research in a number of areas including simulation projects of a variety of key industrial processes, including linear and rotary friction welding, electron beam welding, TIG welding, forging and forming and machining.

Richard has used a variety of materials in simulation projects, notably titanium alloys, nickel-based superalloys and steels.

Richchard is currently working on the ERDF-funded SME support program AMCASH, aiming to allow regional Small-Medium-Enterprise companies access to cutting edge University research facilities. 


  • EngD - High Performance Systems for Gas Turbine Applications, University of Birmingham (2010)
  • MRes - Materials Science and Engineering, University of Birmingham (2006)
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematical Sciences, University of Birmingham (2002)


Richard Turner qualified with a BSc in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Birmingham in 2002. After a short break from academia, he gained his Masters in Research (MRes) from the School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham in 2006. He began studying for his Engineering Doctorate (EngD) also in the School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham in 2006, completing his thesis in 2010, entitled “Linear Friction welding of Ti-6Al-4V: Modelling and Validation”. Richard then took up a position within the School of Metallurgy & Materials, as a Research Fellow in Process Modelling, in early 2010


Richard teaches on the 1st year undergraduate module "Phyiscs and Communication skills", for the Nuclear engineering cohort. He also supervises on the 3rd year Group project module, and on numerous Final year projects

Postgraduate supervision

Richard is supervising a Masters (MRes.) project looking at improving forging methods by consideration of the impact upon grain size, residual stress and  deformation.


Finite Element simulation of:
Rotary friction welding
Linear friction welding
Electron beam welding
TIG welding
Forging operations


Recent publications


Turner, R, Smith, C, Zneimer, L, Medlock, L, Ridgeway, AS, Subramanian, GO, Patel, T & Warnken, N 2024, 'Characterization of Ti-6Al-4V Bar for Aerospace Fastener Pin Axial Forging', Materials Plus, vol. 3, no. 1, 3, pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.37256/mp.3120244371

Turner, R, Wu, H & Turner, W 2023, 'On the Pre-Forging Heating Methods for AA2014 Alloy', World Journal of Engineering and Technology, vol. 11, pp. 893-901. https://doi.org/10.4236/wjet.2023.114059

Lu, Y, Turner, R, Brooks, J & Basoalto, H 2022, 'A study of process-induced grain structures during steady state and non-steady state electron-beam welding of a titanium alloy', Journal of Materials Science and Technology, vol. 113, pp. 117-127. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmst.2021.10.023

Turner, R 2021, 'A study of the convective cooling of large industrial billets', Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing, vol. 5, no. 4, 137. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmmp5040137

Turner, R, Warnken, N & Brooks, J 2021, 'A study of the deformation derivatives for a Ti-6Al-4V inertia friction weld', Advances in Aerospace Science and Technology, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 114-121. https://doi.org/10.4236/aast.2021.62008

Villa, M, Brooks, JW, Turner, R, Boitout, F & Ward, RM 2021, 'Metallurgical modelling of Ti-6Al-4V for welding applications', Metals, vol. 11, no. 6, 960. https://doi.org/10.3390/met11060960

Turner, R & Tetlow, W 2021, 'Modelling of the effects of friction on bulk deformation behaviour during drop-forging of AA7075', International Journal of Advanced Engineering and Management Research, vol. 6, no. 5, pp. 37-50. <http://www.ijaemr.com/link/465>

Hill, S, Turner, RP & Wardle, P 2021, 'The influence of soak temperature and forging lubricant on surface properties of steel forgings', International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, vol. 112, no. 3-4, pp. 1133–1144. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00170-020-06468-3

Hill, S & P.Turner, R 2021, 'Thermo-mechanical forging of 708M40 steel ring samples: experiments and modelling', The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, vol. 116, no. 7-8, pp. 2577-2590. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00170-021-07546-w

Wang, H, Gao, P, Turner, R, Chen, H, Qi, L & Yang, B 2020, 'Constitutive modelling for strain–hardening alloys during isothermal compression: an efficient semi-empirical method coupling the effects of strain, temperature and strain-rate ', Materials Today Communications, vol. 24, 101040. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mtcomm.2020.101040

Lu, Y, Turner, R, Basoalto, H & Brooks, J 2020, 'Microstructural characteristics and computational investigation on electron beam welded Ti-6Al-4V alloy', Journal of Materials Processing Technology, vol. 288, 116837. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmatprotec.2020.116837

Villa, M, Turner, R, Brooks, J & Ward, M 2020, 'Microstructural modelling of thermally-driven β grain growth, lamellae & martensite in Ti-6Al-4V', Modeling and Numerical Simulation of Material Science. https://doi.org/10.4236/mnsms.2020.103004

Turner, R, Antonic, J & Warnken, N 2019, '3D Forging simulation of a multi-partitioned titanium alloy billet for a medical implant', Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing, vol. 3, no. 3, 69. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmmp3030069

Turner, R 2019, 'A numerical investigation in to the bending of metallic laminate sheet', World Journal of Engineering and Technology, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 314-324. https://doi.org/10.4236/wjet.2019.72022


Turner, R 2022, 'Modeling and Simulation of Metal Processing', Metals, vol. 12, no. 2, 231. https://doi.org/10.3390/met12020231

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