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Composites and Coatings Group

Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy

Studying at Cambridge


Francisco Fernando Roberto Pereira


Fernando finished his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering at the Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG) in 2014. He also graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the same institution two years earlier, in 2012. Since 2008, he has been working mainly in the field of smart materials and structures, manufacturing and thermomechanical characterization, study and applications of Shape Memory Alloys (SMA). He developed many works in the Multidisciplinary Laboratory of Materials and Smart Structures at the Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG) on the thermomechanical behaviour and thermophysical properties of Shape Memory Alloys actuators.

Currently, Fernando is a PhD student in Materials Science at the University of Cambridge, UK. He joined the Composite and Coatings Group in February 2015. His PhD project involves use of two nanoindenters in the Gordon Laboratory, one of which is housed in a vacuum chamber. These facilities, which have a displacement resolution of the order of 1 nm, can be used with hot or cold stages, and in either quasi-static or impact mode. Progress has been made recently on the development of procedures and algorithms for the extraction of yield stress and creep parameters from nanoindentation data. It has also been demonstrated that the level of residual stresses can be inferred via their effect on the indentation response, although the precision to which this can be done is likely to be relatively low.