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Rolls-Royce UTC

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Studying at Cambridge


Melting and Casting

Our research to develop new alloys is supported by facilities to melt alloys of various compositions and a floating-zone furnace that enables us to grow single crystals.

Arc Melter

We have an Edmund Bühler Arc Melter, which is used to produce buttons and finger samples on a copper base plate. A viewing screen permits excellent observation of the melting process. The arc melter can produce alloy quantities of up to 150 g, with melting points up to 3500°C.


Our Crystal Systems Optical Floating-Zone Furnace is used to grow high quality single crystals, made possible by the uniform and stable temperature distribution around the specimen.  Four xenon lamps are used for heating specimens up to a maximum operating temperature of over 3000°C. Growth speeds from 0.1 mm/h to 200 mm/h are possible.  

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PhD studentships now available within the group

Jan 09, 2018

Navigate onto our vacancies page to find out more!

Strategic Partnership with Rolls-Royce shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award 2017

Oct 03, 2017

The Rolls-Royce partnership with the universities of Cambridge, Swansea and Birmingham has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award 2017. Find out more here:

New high temperature thermocouple

Nov 14, 2016

Dr. Michele Scervini has developed a new thermocouple for high-temperature applications

MS&T Literature Review Prize

Jun 15, 2016

Alison Wilson voted runner up in this year's competition