Dr Jane R Blackford

Senior Lecturer



+44(0)131 6505677


1.141 Sanderson Building

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Mechanical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Materials and Processes

Research Theme: 

  • Materials Design, Processing and Characterisation

Academic Qualifications: 

  • PhD (Sheffield)

Research Interests: 

Ice and snow mechanics

  • Fundamentals of ice mechanics to develop material surfaces to give controlled friction on ice and snow. Avalanches mechanics, snow sintering, low temperature scaning electron microscopy.

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Sports Engineering

  • Sports engineering particularly in relation to materials and winter sports: embedded sensors and data acquisition and analysis to provide diagnostics of performance; mountaineering, skiing and curling


  • Processing/microstructure/property relationships in metals and alloys casting, forming, heat treatment, HIPping, high temperature alloys, intermetallics and coatings, metal foams


  • Ice and snow mechanics
  • Winter sports engineering (skiing, curling)
  • Casting, forming, heat treatment, HIPping
  • Avalanches, ice friction
  • Processing/microstructure/property relationships in metals
  • High temperature alloys, intermetallics and coatings, metal foams