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Sea Shell Physics

Recent research has been directed towards investigating the mechanical properties of sea shells. These are nanocomposites comprising of ~99% calcium carbonate within an organic matrix. Shells have been shown to have excellent strength and fracture toughness properties compared to their components. The behaviour of these materials in tough erosive environments is of particular interest and we are using MIJA and other erosion equipment to quantify the different failure mechanisms involved. Prototype shell 'mimics' are expensive and small scale, so it is important to have reliable, reproducible testing methods which enable quantitative measurements to be made.

High speed water drop impact on Conch shell - note the asymmetry.Total diameter of site approx. 150 microns

 

 

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Undergraduate Summer 2020 Research Projects

May 11, 2020

The Cavendish Surface Physics Group and Atom Scattering Facility invite undergraduate applications to a programme of collaborative summer research projects, which will be conducted remotely, given current and likely restrictions on travel.

PhD Project Available through CDT in Diamond Science and Technology

May 01, 2018

A fully funded PhD project to study the properties of Polycrystalline Diamond has recently become available through the CDT for Diamond Science and Technology. For more information contact Andrew Jardine <apj24>.

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