Contact Dr Sonia Martins Meco

Areas of expertise

  • Welding and Laser Processing


Dr Sonia Meco completed her PhD at Cranfield University in dissimilar metal joining of steel to aluminium. Her Master degree is in Mechanical Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal.

Research opportunities

Joining of dissimilar metals, with thin and thick gauges.

Laser processing in general, including welding, cutting and marking.

Additive Manufacturing - Wire based Direct Energy Deposition with arc and laser

Current activities

Sonia works as a senior research fellow in laser processing and is the project manager of "NEw Wire Additive Manufacturing" (NEWAM) research programme. Its primary goal is the development of the next generation of Additive Manufacturing. New processes and materials are being developed within the scope of the programme for the manufacturing of large scale components with the following characteristics:

(a) Reduced lead time and cost due to high deposition rates used and net shape components, (b) Defect-free parts and (c) mechanical strength equal or superior to the wrought material.


  • BAE Systems PLC
  • Crown Packaging
  • Airbus SE


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Conference Papers