Contact Dr Gareth Appleby-Thomas

Areas of expertise

Background

  • 1999 – 2003: MSci in Physics and Astronomy, Durham University
  • 2003 – 2007: D.Phil in Materials Science, Department of Materials, University of Oxford. Thesis title: Advanced Materials for Plasma Facing Components in Fusion Devices. Graduated 7th of November 2009. Thesis available at: http://tinyurl.com/3x9976gandhttp://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?did=...  
  • 2007 – 2012: Research Fellow, Dynamic Response Group, Cranfield University
  • 2012 – 2015: Lecturer and Head of the Dynamic Response Group
  • 2015 - 2017: Senior Lecturer and Head of the Dynamic Response Group
  • 2017 - 2018: Senior Lecturer and Head of Survivability and Advanced Materials (CDE)
  • 2018 - present: Reader and Head of Survivability and Advanced Materials (CDE)
Married on 22nd March 2008; new surname of Appleby-Thomas (previously Thomas) adopted.


Research opportunity

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship focused on optimisation of novel ceramic armour materials.  Further details available at:

  • https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/research/phd/phd-in-optimisation-of-novel-ceramic-armour-systems 
  • https://www.findaphd.com/phds/?Keywords=optimisation+of novel ceramic armour materials


Current activities

Understanding the dynamic behaviour of materials is particularly helpful when designing structures that are subjected to ballistic impact or shock-wave loading.  Consequently, the Survivability and Advanced Materials Group has a wide interest in the dynamic behaviour of materials used in armour systems, vehicular and aerospace structures, and munitions. Experimentally, the Group has the ability to both investigate core material properties at strain-rates from quasi-static to >106 / s, as well as to test survivable materials within the new Protective Solutions Laboratory.  The Group also has a growing interest in the shock behaviour of biological structures as well as the effects of high strain-rate / pressure loading on electronic systems.

Publications

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