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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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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>.

New Graduate Projects for 2017 Entry

Jan 24, 2017

New SMF group projects for PhD and MPhil research are now online.

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