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Patrick Taylor

 Patrick Taylor

Patrick Taylor

Member of Clare College
PhD student in Dr Conduit's group

Office: 536 Mott Bld

TCM Group, Cavendish Laboratory
19 JJ Thomson Avenue,
Cambridge, CB3 0HE UK.


Ni superalloys are an extremely technologically important class of material. However, the development of new superalloys by tradtional methods is a lengthy and experimentally intensive process. I investigate the use of machine learning and atomistic tools to be used in tandem to design new superalloys. My current focus is on the optimisation of thermomechanical properties, and most importantly the creep strength, of single crystal superalloys. This requires better modelling of stacking faults—including the development of improved potentials for molecular dynamics—and better models of superalloy microstructure, for which I've developed a new machine learning based approach.

In Plain English

As a jet plane takes off, the hottest parts of the jet engine can reach temperatures of 1500°C (2730°F). A special type of metal, called a superalloy, can withstand these very extreme temperature conditions. Superalloys are used in some of the most important parts of a jet engine. Inventing new types of superalloy that are stronger and lighter than those currently in use can help make jet planes more fuel-efficient. But it can take a long time to invent a superalloy, often several years. The goal of my research is to use computers to speed up this process.