Prof. Tait's research and application interests are in the field of fracture mechanics and fatigue, for a range of materials including, not only steels, aluminiums and alloys, but also crack and micro damage development in brittle non metallic materials.
He has an active research interest in Non Destructive Testing (NDT) as well as residual stress and its measurement. He has close ties with industry, in the application of fracture mechanics to industrial problems, with particular emphasis on fracture toughness testing, fitness for purpose engineering critical assessments, failure analyses, fatigue life prediction, residual stress evaluation (and its relief) and NDT.
He is co-author, with Dr G G Garrett, of the book "Fracture and Fracture Mechanics - Case Studies", published by Pergamon, and is on the editorial board of the International Journal Engineering Failure Analysis. He is the author of over 70 papers in international journals and conference proceedings.
PC Taylor and RB Tait "Fatigue of Cement Mortars containing fly ash". Concrete Beton February 1992, pp 16,17.
AM Segal and RB Tait "Residual stress evaluation using the air abrasive hole drilling technique", R and D Journal, SAIMechE, Vol 12. July 1996, pp 54-67.
DK McKellar, RB Tait and AS Douglas, "FEM determination of the stress intensity distribution for semi elliptical flaws in bending", CIMNE, in honour of Prof J B Martin's 60 th birthday, April 1997, pp 227 - 246.
PC Taylor and RB Tait, "Effects of fly ash on fatigue and fracture properties of hardened cement mortar", Cement and Concrete Composites, Vol. 21, 1999, pp 223 - 232.
A Turnbull, ER de los Rios, RB Tait C Laurent and S Bobaid "Improving the fatigue crack resistance of Waspallloy by shot peening", Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures, Vol. 21, 1998, 1513 - 1524.
R B Tait and J Press, "An experimental study of the residual stresses, and their alleviation, in tube to tube-sheet welds of industrial boliers", Engineering Failure Analysis, Vol 8, 2001, pp15-27.
M Topic, R B Tait and C Allen, "The fatigue behaviour of meta-stable (AISI 304) austenitic stainless steel wires", Int. J Fatigue, submitted for publication, Aug 2003.