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 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 43 Google scholar (over 5000 citations). Our research interest score of over 38 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 over 140 papers in 2020 (CiteScore of 3.5 for 2020).

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



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)
Rain erosion maps for wind turbines based on geographical locations : a case study in Ireland and Britain
Pugh K, Stack M M
Journal of Bio- and Tribo-Corrosion Vol 7 (2021)
On a multiphysics approach to modelling the erosion–enhanced corrosion of low–alloy carbon steel in chloride containing environments
Walczak Magdalena, Sharifi Shayan, Stack Margaret M
Corrosion Science Vol 176 (2020)
Mapping the micro-abrasion mechanisms of CoCrMo : some thoughts on varying ceramic counterface diameter on transition boundaries invitro
Sadiq Kamran, Sim Mark A, Black Richard A, Stack Margaret M
Lubricants Vol 8 (2020)

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Professional activities

IndiaTrib 2021
Member of programme committee
International Online Engineering and Natural Sciences Conference, Turkey
Invited speaker
Invited speaker
IET/IOP New Challenges in Tribology 2021: Sustainable Transport and Power (re-scheduled due to COVID-19)
Keynote/plenary speaker
INVITED paper at the CORE 2021 Conference Glasgow.
Invited speaker
International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films.
Member of programme committee

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REMS | Aghasibayli, Sabina
Brennan, Feargal (Principal Investigator) Stack, Margaret (Co-investigator) Aghasibayli, Sabina (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
Erosion-Corrosion Mapping in Oil/Water Solutions
Stack, Margaret (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2019
SPIRE 2 (Storage Platform for the Integration of Renewable Energy)
Stack, Margaret (Principal Investigator) Leithead, Bill (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2021
Marine Renewable Infrastructure Network for Enhancing Technologies 2 MARINET II
Johnstone, Cameron (Principal Investigator) Day, Sandy (Co-investigator) Stack, Margaret (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2021
Centre for Advanced Materials for Renewable Energy Generation: CAMREG
Stack, Margaret (Principal Investigator) Brennan, Feargal (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2021
MacKenzie, Donald (Principal Investigator) Comlekci, Tugrul (Co-investigator) Dempster, William (Co-investigator) Galloway, Alexander (Co-investigator) Stack, Margaret (Co-investigator) Stickland, Matthew (Co-investigator) Thomason, James (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2019

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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