Dr Clare Wood
Senior Lecturer
Telephone: (01792) 606610
Room: Academic Office - A_124
Engineering Central
Bay Campus


Specialist Subjects: Computational mechanics, fluid-structure interaction, experimental analysis of concrete structures, sustainable materials in concrete

Areas of Expertise

  • Fluid structure interaction
  • Computational modelling
  • Development of sustainable construction materials


  1. & Partitioned block-Gauss–Seidel coupling for dynamic fluid–structure interaction. Computers & Structures 88(23-24), 1367-1382.
  2. & A partitioned coupling approach for dynamic fluid–structure interaction with applications to biological membranes. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids 57(5), 555-581.


  • EG-122 Conceptual Design

    This module introduces the basic concepts of sustainable civil engineering design and the latest design standards, the Structural Eurocodes, as applied to the preliminary design of steel, reinforced concrete, timber and masonry structures. Methods for geometry computer modelling will be introduced.

  • EG-222 Reinforced Concrete Design

    This module broadens the concepts of structural analysis and design first developed in the Level 1 Civil Engineering modules EG-120 and EG-122. The module focuses on the development of understanding from first principles of the concepts of reinforced concrete, use of reinforced concrete as a sustainable material and the design of reinforced concrete sections. Students will learn to carry out the full detailed design of typical reinforced concrete structural elements, including beams, slabs, and columns and by the end of the course will be capable of analysing and designing a simple reinforced concrete frame structure according to Eurocode 2. Students will develop an understanding of methodologies for appraisal of build options in the context of the sustainable reinforced concrete construction (BREEAM and similar) and a knowledge of the role of the engineer in construction design management good practice, health and safety and sustainability in design and construction.

  • EG-233 Placement Preparation: Engineering Industrial Year

    This generic cross-disciplinary module is for all students who have enrolled (or transferred) onto the Engineering Year in Industry scheme. The module focuses on the underpinning and fundamental requisites required to gain, enter and progress effectively through an industrial placement. Learners will be introduced to a) sourcing placements, CV writing and application techniques; (b) interview Techniques - how to pitch yourself and be successful; (c) workplace fundamentals and IP awareness, behaviours and expectations; (d) key employability skills; getting the most from your Industrial Placement; and (e) health and safety in the workplace.

  • EG-D09 MSc Engineering Leadership and Management Project

    The module aims to develop the ability to construct a viable strategic plan as part of a group with the individual assessment being delivered in the form of a document covering one of the key aspects within the structure of that strategic plan. The final ambition of the strategic plan, i.e. the synopsis will be defined by industry seniors. There is an expectation that key research skills will be developed alongside personal and professional development skills and the utilization of knowledge gained throughout the taught elements.

  • EGA200 Civil Engineering Design Practice I

    A practical group design project based on a real-life building design scenario, aimed to provide students with understanding of the whole building design process and real-life design experience utilising the theory taught in modules EG-222 Reinforced Concrete Design, EG-224 Steel Design and EG-386 Engineering Management.

  • EGSM25 Virtual Systems

    Virtual Reality (VR) is a burgeoning field. Many industries have utilised VR technologies, for instance, the automotive industry has used VR for a variety of applications including design, manufacturing and training. Until now technological limitations have held back wide-spread usage as the processing power wasn¿t available. Due to the recent technological advancements in the gaming industry, VR has become both more accessible and affordable. Furthermore, now that the advent of computationally advanced smartphones have become commonplace the technology has finally caught up to aspirations. This has resulted in new opportunities for users to contribute to both the material and content of available software for VR. VR is predicted to gain and continue to gain momentum in the future. This module will cover fundamental concepts, technologies and business applications of VR. This will be achieved through preparing participants with the necessary knowledge to make management-based decisions on VR technologies providing a grounding of technological advantages and disadvantages. This is broken down into three main segments: understanding the VR hardware available with live demonstrations of current industry leaders such as HTC Vive; An overview of the available software and hardware solutions for the creation of VR assets involving photogrammetry particularly the use of UAV and thermographic cameras; and finally this module will examine the case studies for VR use particularly remote engineering ¿ closing the gap between the design office and the field.

  • EGSM26 Strategy

    The module will give a brief insight into the origins of strategy formation using examples where success has followed and perhaps those that have not. Clearly Strategy has military connotations and history is peppered with classic examples. Moving then onto modern day organizations, the module, will walk the candidates through all the key elements associated with effective design, management and deployment of strategy. As potential Leaders, it is important that an understanding of the likely roles they will play in the future is delivered. This will be effected by a program that has sound theoretical anchors and uses real life examples through case studies of organizations to explore and critique the plans.

  • EGSM29 Environmental Analysis

    This module presents the principles of life cycle analysis and Circular Economy. It covers the assessment of resource conservation by optimal use of resources, including consideration of primary extraction processes, design/manufacturing/fabrication, improving product life and end of life usage. It also reviews the current and planned European legislation that is of relevance to materials and energy and considers its implementation in the UK.

  • EGSM30 Compliance

    This module is designed to provide students with a background to the complex issues concerning risk and ethics that are found in engineering. The focus will be on relevant situations that the engineer/scientist may encounter in their career.

  • EGSM31 Project Management

    At the end of this course students will be able to recognise and define the key characteristics and components of a project, understand the advantages/disadvantages associated with the management of both small and large projects, and have an appreciation of the strategic tools and techniques available to enable "Effective Project Management" leading to high performance team. These skills will be reinforced by the completion of a group project to produce an initial feasibility report (e.g. project plan document) for a major new project.

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
2008 PhD Swansea University
2003 MRes Swansea University
2002 MEng Civil Engineering University of Glasgow

Key Grants and Projects

  • Royal Academy of Engineering “Ingenious” Grant 2011 - 2012

    "STEM schools-based public engagement based on the BLOODHOUND SSC"

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2007 UK Association of Computational Mechanics Best Paper Prize

External Responsibilities

  • Member of the Organising Committee, ACME-UK Conference, Swansea

    2015 - Present

  • Participant in “Developing future research leaders for Wales”, Welsh Crucible training programme

    2012 - 2013

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Undergraduate Civil Engineering Admission Tutor - College of Engineering

    2014 - Present

  • Civil Engineering Portfolio Industrial Liaison Panel - College of Engineering

    2011 - Present

  • Employability Committee & Employability Champion - College of Engineering

    2013 - Present

  • Professional Development & Recognition Lead - Learning & Teaching Enhancement Centre

    2015 - Present

  • Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team - College of Engineering

    2014 - Present

  • Civil Engineering Year 1 Coordinator - College of Engineering

    2013 - 2015