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Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Studying at Cambridge


Titanium Alloys

Titanium alloys have excellent specific strength and constitute approximately 25% by weight of gas turbine engines.

Even though titanium alloys have been used extensively and successfully in the aerospace industry since the 1950s, there is a marked lack of literature and understanding regarding high strain rate deformation, deformation twinning and the microscale mechanics during their deformation. One of the focal points of our titanium research is furthering the understanding of how deformation twinning interacts with micro structural features in the alpha phase of titanium alloys. Ballistic testing has been used to investigate the high strain rate response of alpha titanium, simulating bird strike or foreign object debris ingestion situations.


Another active research topic is the phase evolution of metastable beta titanium alloys. With a myriad of phases available for microstructural refinement, these alloys exhibit exceptional strength with the correct thermal treatment. Our research investigates the phases present and the transformation mechanisms involved, with the aim of further increasing the yield stress.

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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