European cooperation: The COST 500 series


  • Dr. Tom B. Gibbons

    1. Division of Materials Metrology, National Physical Laboratory Teddington, Middlesex TW11 OLW (UK)
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    • Is Head of the High-emperature Materials and Corrosion Branch of the Materials Metrology Division of the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, England. He graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1959 ad after research on desulphurization in the iron blast furnace he received his Ph.D. from the same University in 1963. Thereafter he joined the then Metallurgy Division of NPL and worked initially on the creep performance of superalloys. He has published approximately fifty research papers on this and related topics and was appointed to his present position in 1978. He became a UK member of the Management Committee of COST 50in 1977 and was the Chairman of the Management Committee of COST 505. In 1987 he succeeded Professor H. Fischmeister as Chairman of the Management Committee of COST 501.


Many areas of metallurgy and engineering have benefited through European cooperations set up under the Cooperation in Scientific and Technical Research (COST) program. Those sections of the program of relevance to materials scientists which include aspects of power engineering, corrosion, powder engineering, corrosion, powder metallurgy, rapid solidification and alloyus, are described and reviewed.