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Composites and Coatings Group

Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy

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Max Burley

Max Burley

PhD Student - University of Cambridge

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 334340


Max joined the Composite and Coatings Group in 2014 for the fourth year project of the Natural Sciences (Materials Science) degree. He then went on to join the group as a PhD student developing methods for the extraction of material properties from indentation data and finite element method analyses.

This began with a method for the extraction of strain rate sensitive plasticity parameters from ballistic experiments. A comprehensive procedure for this was outlined in the paper below. He has since moved on to focus on the generation and characterisation of fracture/cracking at varying strain rates to gain insight into fracture properties and develope the techniques in conjunction with FEM analysis.

A novel method for the characterisation of primary and secondary creep parameters is also an aim. Instrumented indentation in conjunction with inverse FE techniques has successfully been used to extract Miller-Norton creep parameters  of pure Nickel.