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Dr Lewis Lea

Dr Lewis Lea

Research Associate

Room 318
Cavendish Laboratory
19 JJ Thomson Ave
Cambridge CB3 0HE

Office Phone: (+44)1223 337044


My PhD research focused on determining the physical nature of a rapid increase in strength exhibited by FCC metals at strain rates close to 104 s-1. More recently this research has developed into a long term goal of creating a theoretical framework in which to unify the insights of the high rate and avalanche plasticity communities to develop a physically realistic model for FCC metals applicable at all strain rates and temperatures.

A second area of focus is producing microstructurally resolved models of composites to accurately describe matrix-binder interactions (e.g. delamination) which are lost in continuum models.

Research Interests

  • High Rate Plasticity
  • Rheology
  • Adhesion
  • Self Organised Criticality
  • Metals
  • Polymers
  • Composites
  • Measurement of high rate processes

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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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