Dr David Penney
Associate Professor
Engineering
Telephone: (01792) 606706
Room: Academic Office - A216
Second
Engineering East
Bay Campus

David is an industry focused materials and manufacturing engineer with experience of working in both academia and industry. Over the years, David has worked to create simple, flexible route for industry and academia to work together for either training or research purposes. Over £30 million of grant income has been won to support this activity and he continues to develop this area. In 2016, David won the Frank Fitzgerald award from the IOM3 for his personal contribution to the Iron and Steel industry.

Specialist Subjects: Metallurgy, galvanising, metallic coatings, corrosion, stainless steel, zinc aluminium alloys, External funding, industrial engagement and Doctoral training.

David is a co-director and Principle investigator of the £15million Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A). The M2A incorporates the EPSRC funded COATED2 Centre for Doctoral Training and works closely with industry to industry focused research and training. Over the next 4 years, over 140 people will graduate from the M2A, each having undertaken a large research project in collaboration with an industry partner.
David co-created the Work Based Learning programme, Materials Education Training and Learning (METaL) which aims to up skill the existing workforce through a series of flexible short courses in the field of materials and manufacturing.

Publications

  1. & The galvanic corrosion of welded ultra-high strength steels used for automotive applications. Corrosion Science 136, 366-373.
  2. & The Role of pH on the Inhibition of Aqueous Zinc Corrosion by L-tryptophan. Journal of The Electrochemical Society 164(7), C356-C366.
  3. & (2017). Increased Corrosion Resistance of Zinc Magnesium Aluminum Galvanised Coating through Germanium Additions. Presented at ECS Transactions,(30), 1-15. doi:10.1149/07530.0001ecst
  4. & A numerical investigation assessing the symmetry of burden charging in a blast furnace using different chute designs. Ironmaking & Steelmaking, 1-9.
  5. & Understanding the role of snout contamination in the formation of an oxide based defect in hot dip galvanised coating. Surface and Coatings Technology 306, 397-407.

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Teaching

  • EGA206 Aerospace Structural Mechanics and Materials

    Building on Strength of Materials and Structural Mechanics 2(a), this module introduces the students to the stiffness method for structural analysis, followed by lectures covering stress concentration, fatigue, cracking and creeping of materials and how to design for these in the aerospace and automotive industry.

  • EGSM02 Interpersonal Skills for Engineers

    The module will cover both presentation and written skills required for successful communication in enigineering. Presentations: Guidelines on making format presentations, considering attention span, visual aids, style, content and balance to ensure a memorable outcome. Preparation for one-on-one discussions, approaches to ensure successful meetings. Body Language: The influence of body language in communication both in formal presentations and in small group discussions. How to read body language in others, and modify your own body position to aid communication. Written: Guidelines on report preparation, including planning,structure and use of figures and tables. Preparation of an abstract, covering length, key issues and style for maximum effectiveness. Each candidate will prepare a detailed project plan covering background to the research, the scheduling of practical and other work, and milestone deliverables. This plan will be produced following: (i) attendance at specialist lectures covering issues of good practice in the conduct of research eg safety, procedures for laboratory work and data reporting/analysis; (ii) discussion with academic and industrial supervisors regarding technical/commercial issues associated with the specific topic; (iii) a review of the formal course units covering technical issues, personal and professional development and research skills. The overall report must demonstrate that each student relates relevant aspects of the training courses to their industry oriented research project.

Supervision

  • UK annealing developments for modern galvanising line (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Cameron Pleydell-Pearce
  • The effect of hot and cold bending on the mechanical properties, geometry and surface quality of steel hollow sections (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Amit Das
  • The compatibility of conveyance tubes (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
  • Improving the performance of cobalt based alloys that are submerged in molten zinc through material selection and surface treatment (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Amit Das
  • Aesthetic and Performance Enhancements for ZMA Coated Steels (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
  • Production of Functional Materials for Space Applications (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
  • Optimisation of the zinc coating surface quality of full finish product for the automotive sector at high line speeds (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
  • 'Bio-Ethanol related stress corrosion cracking in the oil and gas industry' (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Karen Perkins
  • The Thermal Degradation of Austentic Stainless Steel Welds (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Whittaker
  • Liquid overcoats for enhanced coated steel product life (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Eifion Jewell
  • OK (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Elizabeth Sackett
  • Novel electrodeposited brass composite coating for coins«br /»«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Geraint Williams
  • Development of novel thin ply technology for carbon fibre composite materials (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Cris Arnold
  • Towards state of the art vacuum locks for a novel continuous PVD galvanising process (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Nicholas Lavery
  • Development of novel coating solutions to improve pre and post heat-treatment performance properties of carbon steel conveyance tubes. (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Amit Das
  • Novel Material Development for High Temperature Manufacture (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Whittaker
  • Galvanised Ultra High Strength Steel for Cold Formed Body In White Application (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Amit Das
  • Thermal efficiency, management and temperature measurement of teeming ladle refractories (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Cameron Pleydell-Pearce
  • Modelling and improving the vapour deposition efficiency of a novel PVD-based galvanising process (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Nicholas Lavery
  • Application of non-spherical discrete element methods to the blast furnace (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Steve Brown
  • Artificial Intelligence and the steel industry - development of an automated quality inspection system (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Xianghua Xie
  • Corrosion fundamentals in varying aggresive conditions (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
  • Novel Coating Developments for Automotive Ultra High Strength Hot Stamped Steels (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Worsley
  • Developments in iron ore sintering using a laboratory development platform (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Cameron Pleydell-Pearce
  • ''Optimisation of the zinc coating surface of full finish product at high line speeds'' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Mr Will Newton

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
2002 BEng Materials Science and Engineering Swansea University, UK
2006 EngD in Steel Technology Swansea University, UK

Public Engagements

Dr Penney's research includes metallic coatings processing and product development, particularly galvanising 
Research areas include modification of metallic systems through novel treatments. Novel protein based coatings and their application to Mg.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
October 2006 October 2009 Process Manager Corus Colors
September 2014 Present Associate Professor - Industrial Engagement Swansea University, UK
December 2009 December 2014 STRIP Project Manager and Materials Academy Director Swansea University, UK

Invited Presentations, Lectures and Conferences

Date Description
2005 Detection of currents from a model pit using the scanning vibrating eletrode technique
2006 Effect of Zn/Al metallic coating thickness on the Microstructure and Corrosion resistance Zn/Al Alloy coated steels
2006 Effects of strip entry temperature on the cut edge corrosion resistance of galvanized steels
2009 Effect of steel substrate thickness on the microstructure and corrosion performance of Zn-4.8wt%Al alloy coatings
2010 The Effect of Coating Weight on Surface Corrosion Resistance of 4.5% Al 95.5 % Zn Alloy Galvanised Coatings
2012 Investigation of the Corrosion Behavior of Zinc Magnesium Aluminium Alloys with a Novel Quaternary Addition
2012 Investigation of the Corrosion Behavior of Zinc Magnesium Aluminium Alloys with a Novel Quaternary Addition
2012 Near Infrared Heat Treatment to Flow Melt Tinplate Pore Formation and Characterization

Key Grants and Projects

  • David has co-authored over £30m with of grants since 2010 – listed below 2010

  • Co-authored the EPSRC MATTER EngD Project 2011

  • Co-authored the EPSRC and WEFO COATED Centre for Doctoral Training 2012

  • Co-authored the EPSRC COATED2 Centre for Doctoral Training 2014

  • Co-authored the WEFO Materials and Manufacturing Academy 2016

  • Co-author of the METaL work based learning project 2012

  • Co-author of the METaL2 work based learning project 2012

  • Co-author of Materials Live! - An outreach and public engagement programme 2012

  • Co-author of the CDE funded Developing a novel protein-based coating technology for anti-corrosion of magnesium light alloy materials 2016