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Rolls-Royce UTC

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Studying at Cambridge


Rob Thompson

Rob Thompson

PhD student

Supervisor: Prof. Bill Clegg

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 334493

Research Interests

The aim of my project is to develop methods to produce single crystals, doped crystals and peritectic structures using an optical floating zone furnace, with a view to studying plasticity in structurally complex phases. Of interest are simple Laves Phases and a range of complex metallic alloys. Techniques to achieve controlled doping will be developed with a particular interest in aluminides. Samples prepared by these techniques will be subjected to a range of tests, particularly midi scale mechanical testing, which can be compared with micropillar compression and larger scale conventional mechanical testing.


  • intermetallics

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