In many industrial sectors – for instance those dealing with power generation, transportation, infrastructure and defence – advanced alloys are being pushed to the very limits of their capability. Examples include ever higher operating temperatures and pressures, high strain rates and harsh environments involving corrosion and nuclear irradiation. These are materials required to work under extreme conditions.

What impact do these hostile environments have on the material’s operating lifetimes? How do engineers design with them to meet industry’s needs but also to ensure the safety demanded by society? What is the underlying material science that allows for effective use of these advanced materials at extreme conditions?

To address these pressing issues, a UK-Japan Symposium on Materials Under Extreme Conditions will bring together leading experts from around the world. Emphasis will be placed on cutting-edge science and research, with plenty of time for discussion and interaction including a groupwork project for students. The symposium is being organised jointly by the University of Oxford and Tokyo Institute of Technology, under the auspices of the UK-Japan Engineering League*.