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 - 2019: Reader and Head of Survivability and Advanced Materials (CDE)
  • 2019 - present: Reader and Head of the Centre for Defence Engineering (CDE)
Married on 22nd March 2008; new surname of Appleby-Thomas (previously Thomas) adopted.


Research opportunity

Applications are invited from self-funded PhD students interested in the development of novel material solutions for defence applications.


Current activities

As Head of the Centre for Defence Engineering, I am responsible for the growth and development of the Centre, with the overarching aim of creating world-leading academic knowledge within the multiple disciplines that make up defence engineering and technology.

My research in understanding the dynamic behaviour of materials provides a unique underpinning for this role and is particularly helpful when designing structures that are subjected to ballistic impact or shock-wave loading.  

This element of my work is undertaken within one of the Centre's three groups - the Survivability and Advanced Materials Group.  A particular focus of my own research is an interest in the dynamic behaviour of materials used in armour systems, vehicular and aerospace structures, and munitions.  Further, I have a background in the shock behaviour of biological structures which has led to two PhDs and several publications to-date.

Publications

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