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Rifi An Enterprise Consultancy Unit

Mr Thom Bostock 

Consulting Engineer

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Thom has over ten years of experience in commercial testing and consultancy. Specialising in bespoke testing, manufacture and development of custom test rigs and machines; particularly for thermal and mechanical testing.

Since joining RIfI in 2008 Thom has completed over 100 consultancy projects characterising a diverse range of materials including; cellular solids, composites, polymers, metals and engineered woods.

Thom has measured thermal properties for many clients including insulation materials for the oil and gas industry, metallic materials for healthcare applications, and polymeric materials for the marine industry.

Thom is an expert in mechanical measurements at low temperatures. Previous work including testing metallic and polymer tapes under liquid helium, cellular solids under liquid nitrogen, and a vast range of materials in cold gas environments.

Research interests


Composite Cabins (current)

Technical and testing expertise of lightweight foams provided to the consortium.

Literature review of materials, containment systems and components required for storage of liquid hydrogen.

Conducting literature studies to review the state-of-art of hydrogen technology, to provide recommendations for the design of a liquid hydrogen containment system.

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Selected Consultancy Reports

Thermal conductivity measurements of an FEP material. 17/09/2014. RIfI Report.

High strain rate testing of fabric samples. 19/08/2014. RIfI Report.

Thermal, physical and mechanical measurements of two polyisocycanurate insulation foams. 6/6/2014. RIfI Report.

Thermal conductivity of an expanded perlite material. 18/12/2013. RIfI Report.

The option of using vacuum insulated or insulated single wall pipes for distribution of liquid hydrogen on-board a sea going vessel. 12/12/2013. RIfI Report.

Existing state of art of hydrogen gas detectors and their potential use in a marine environment. 12/12/2013. RIfI Report.

Effect of thermal cycling on the tensile performance of a triplex / plywood barrier material. 10/10/2013. RIfI Report.

Compressive testing of a composite pipe at -196°C. 20/8/2013. RIfI Report.

Investigative testing of large vessel insulation. 26/3/2013. RIfI Report.

  • Joint-chair of skill and training for the UK's Cryogenic Cluster.
  • Supervised several student 3rd year individual projects in the last 5 years.


Mr Thom Bostock
(023) 8059 9569

Room Number: 177/1005/B1

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