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Some interesting articles delving into the murky waters of science...

Baked alaska (© BBC)How is a Jet Turbine Engine like a Baked Alaska?

Ever wondered what the similarities between the classical retro dessert and the science keeping the Jet Engine aloft are. Wonder no longer, as we discuss the science of keeping things solid above their melting temperature. 



What do Diamonds, iron, salt and chocolate all have in common?

A consideration of the, perhaps, surprising classification of metals and how that understanding is essential to our continued studies of them and their properties.





SEMLooking at materials up close - The Scanning Electron Microscope?

Ever wondered how we are able to look at the structure of materials up close. Find out how the Scanning Electron microscope functions. 





Eutectic alloy

Metals up close

Have a look at some real images of metals from different parts of the engine 'up close'. 







Also check out some of these links from our collaborators The Naked Scientists:

Superalloys1The Superalloys

Working at temperatures close to the melting point of the material and spinning hundreds of times per second while simultaneously supporting a load equivalent to the weight of a family car, the blades in a modern jet engine have to withstand what is arguably one of the most extreme environments any engineered substance could ever encounter. Find out about the incredible metals used to withstand these extraordinary conditions.

NSEngineThe Jet Engine Revolution

Jet engines have the formidable task of keeping a 300,000 kg aeroplane in the air and enduring temperatures hot enough to melt lead. Find out more about the engine and the challenge of choosing the next generation of materials for their design.


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Dr. Lewis Owen appointed to a Junior Research Fellowship at Gonville & Caius College Cambridge

Jan 24, 2018

Dr. Lewis Owen has been appointed to a Junior Research Fellowship commencing in October 2018 at Gonville & Caius College Cambridge. We look forward to many more years of high quality research into the wonderful world of short range order.

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology Visit

Jan 17, 2018

We had a fantastic time today hosting the uber-talented students from the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology. We believe sharing some of our research and encouraging as many people as possible to consider STEM careers is a key responsibility for any scientist/engineer.

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