Professor Margaret Stack

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Personal statement

My research interests are focused on maps for the interactions of solid particle erosion and wear of materials in corrosive environments, with specific emphasis on charting mechanisms of materials loss. My research group has pioneered a number of maps in the Tribo-Corrosion domain including the erosion-corrosion and micro-abrasion maps for aqueous environments applicable to renewable energy (wind and tidal energy) and bio-medical conditions.  We are also developing paradigms for combining materials and meteorological maps. 

The Tribology Research Group in the Department which I lead has attracted over £2m of research funding since 2016.  I am a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (CPhys, FInsP), of the Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals (FIMMM) and the Institution of Engineers of Ireland (CEng, FIEI). I have a PhD and DSc (2003) from the University of Manchester.

I have led the EPSRC funded ReC-ASM (£1.1m) project which aims to optimize materials in marine and tidal energy conversion and currently lead a group of 15 PhD and MEng researchers including 3 Research Associates.  Many of our current projects sit in the Green Tribology and low carbon technology space.

My group has authored over 200 publications (150 journal articles) and has a H index of 37 Scopus and 45 Google scholar (over 5000 citations). Our research interest score of 39 in Researchgate currently exceeds that of 98% of Mechanical Engineering researchers, indicating our influence in this discipline. In the 2020 Stanford study of top 2% academics internationally, we are within the top 1% in the Mechanical Engineering and Transports ranking.

I lead the International Network on Tribo-Corrosion (TrICorr-Net) and sit on several editorial boards including Tribology International. Our collaborations on materials for renewables include the EPSRC CAMREG project with the University of Edinburgh and the EU SPIRE 2 project with University of Ulster.

Our group has founded the first journal in Tribo-Corrosion of which I am Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Bio- and Tribo-Corrosion (Springer, New York) which published 137 papers in 2020 (CiteScore of 3.6. for 2020 and of 4 for 2021 based on CiteScore Tracker) and is Q1 in two categories.

Research findings in our group have been presented in keynote and plenary lectures at over 70 national and international conferences.



Modelling erosion-corrosion in metals : the effects of elastic rebound and impact angle on erosion-corrosion maps
Stack MM, Jana BD
Mechanical and Electro-chemical Interactions under Tribocorrosion From Measurements to Modelling for Building a Relevant Monitoring Approach (2021) (2021)
Mapping of meteorological observations over the island of Ireland to enhance the understanding and prediction of rain erosion in wind turbine blades
Nash James W K, Zekos Iasonas, Stack Margaret M
Energies Vol 14 (2021)
A study of raindrop impacts on a wind turbine material : velocity and impact angle effects on erosion MAPS at various exposure times
Groucott Samuel, Pugh Kieran, Zekos Iasonas, Stack Margaret M
Lubricants Vol 9 (2021)
On analytical tools for assessing the raindrop erosion of wind turbine blades
Pugh K, Nash J, Reaburn G, Stack MM
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews Vol 137 (2021)
Erosion mapping of through-thickness toughened powder epoxy gradient glass-fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) plates for tidal turbine blades
Hassan Emadelddin, Zekos Iasonas, Jannson Philip, Pecor Toa, Floreani Christophe, Robert Colin, Ó Brádaigh Conchúr M, Stack Margaret M
Lubricants Vol 9 (2021)
Some thoughts on modelling hail impact on surfaces
Macdonald J R, Stack M M
Journal of Bio- and Tribo-Corrosion Vol 7 (2021)

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Professional activities

IndiaTrib 2021
Member of programme committee
Tackling COP26 Challenges using digitalized surface manufacturing
Invited speaker
INVITED paper at the CORE 2021 Conference Glasgow.
Invited speaker
International Online Engineering and Natural Sciences Conference, Turkey
Keynote/plenary speaker
11th International HIPIMS Conference 2021
Invited speaker
IET/IOP New Challenges in Tribology 2021: Sustainable Transport and Power (re-scheduled due to COVID-19)
Keynote/plenary speaker

More professional activities


Novel Composites for Tidal Turbine Applications (Supergen ORE)
Roy, Dipa (Principal Investigator) Stack, Margaret (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2022
Sliding wear of materials
Zekos, Iasonas (Researcher) Stack, Margaret (Co-investigator) Zeng, Quanran (Principal Investigator)
AFRC consultancy - £2,300
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2021
Hail Impact Erosion Modelling of Surfaces | John Ross Macdonald
Stack, Margaret (Principal Investigator) Leithead, Bill (Co-investigator)
EU funded project: Spire 2 Interreg (University of Ulster PI, CoIs Queens University Belfast, Dundalk Institute of Technology and Strathclyde University).
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2022
Raindrop Erosion of Hybrid Coatings for Wind Turbines | PhD project James William Kazimierz Nash
Stack, Margaret (Principal Investigator) Leithead, Bill (Principal Investigator)
EU funded project: Spire 2 Interreg (University of Ulster PI, CoIs Queens University Belfast, Dundalk Institute of Technology and Strathclyde University).
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2022
Sea Water and Biofouling Effects on Erosion of Tidal Turbines| PhD project Emadelddin Hassan
Stack, Margaret (Principal Investigator)
EU funded project: Spire 2 Interreg (University of Ulster PI, CoIs Queens University Belfast, Dundalk Institute of Technology and Strathclyde University).
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2022
REMS | Aghasibayli, Sabina
Brennan, Feargal (Principal Investigator) Stack, Margaret (Co-investigator) Aghasibayli, Sabina (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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