[Univ of Cambridge] [Dept of Engineering]

Materials Group

Mechanics, Materials and Design

People | Research Opportunities | Teaching | Seminars | Contact Information

The Materials Group is in the Mechanics, Materials and Design division of the Engineering Department. Information on materials research in the Engineering Department can be found through the home pages of the individual staff or the following research groups:
Cambridge Centre for Micromechanics (CCM)
Engineering Design Centre (EDC)
Manufacturing Group
Bulk Superconductivity Group
Tribology Group
Engineering for the Life Sciences Group


Academic Staff (with research group affiliations)

Prof. Norman Fleck (Micromechanics, Life Sciences)
Prof. David Cardwell (Superconductivity)
Prof. Archie Campbell (Superconductivity) (Emeritus)
Prof. Vikram Deshpande (Micromechanics)
Prof. John Williams (Tribology)
Prof. Mike Ashby (Micromechanics, EDC) (Emeritus)
Dr Claire Barlow (Manufacturing)
Dr Peter Beaumont (Micromechanics)
Dr Gabor Csanyi (Micromechanics)
Dr Alex Kabla (Life Sciences)
Dr Graham McShane (Micromechanics)
Dr Athina Markaki (Life Sciences)
Dr Michelle Oyen (Life Sciences)
Dr Ashwin Seshia (Micromechanics, Life Sciences)
Dr Hugh Shercliff (Micromechanics)
Dr Michael Sutcliffe (Micromechanics, Life Sciences)
Dr Garth Wells (Micromechanics)

Technical Research Support Staff

David Miller
Alan Heaver
Simon Marshall
Len Howlett

Research Opportunities

Current openings for research students and post-docs are available under the Mechanics, Materials, Design pages.


Materials Courses in the Engineering Tripos (and Manufacturing Engineering)

First year: introduction to the fundamental concepts of materials engineering: classes of materials, selection of materials and processes in engineering design, environmental impact of materials, microstructure-property relations and mechanisms of failure (syllabus).

Second year: microstructure evolution and its control through manufacturing process, and thermomechanical deformation of materials (syllabus). Materials aspects of wind turbine design (including life cycle analysis) are covered in the second year Mechanical Engineering elective (syllabus).

Third year (2 modules): One module shared with Manufacturing Engineering: Materials Processing and Design (syllabus), and a second course in the Life Sciences area: Biomaterials (syllabus).

Fourth year (2 modules): design with composites, and electrical materials (syllabuses).

A graduate module is offered on material and process selection, with exercises and an individual short project based on the Cambridge Engineering Selector (CES) software (syllabus).

Teaching Resources

Several textbooks have been produced by Prof. Mike Ashby and colleagues in the Department. The most recent is a design-led approach to material properties and processing: Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design (Ashby, Shercliff and Cebon). This text uses the material property chart concept throughout, and the text is fully integrated with the Cambridge Engineering Selector (CES) software. Properties covered include mechanical/structural, thermal, electrical, magnetic and optical, as well as an introduction to the environmental impact of materials. Unlike most Materials texts, the properties are first introduced and defined via engineering applications and design, and the underlying materials science is explored subsequently, particularly in relation to the way composition and process history are used to manipulate properties.

Further details of this text, together with Mike Ashby's other design texts Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, Materials and the Environment, and the CES software, are available from the software producer, Granta Design. Materials teaching in the first and second year of the course is also supported by the well-established texts by Mike Ashby and Dai Jones, Engineering Materials 1 and 2.

Online Teaching Resources have been produced in support of materials teaching for schools, colleges and universities. These include:

Research Seminars

Details of seminars are available for:
Micromechanics and Materials
Engineering for Life Sciences

Contact Information

The postal address for everyone in this group is:-
Engineering Department
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1PZ
United Kingdom

The CUED central telephone number is +44 (0)1223 332600, and the fax number is +44 (0)1223 332662.
For staff email and telephone contact details, see individual staff pages.

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Dr Hugh Shercliff
Last updated 11th January 2011