Research:

Process improvement and manufacturing process optimisation
Risk based thinking and organisational knowledge management
Uncertainty quantification in manufacturing operations
Computational modelling of gait analysis
Design and manufacture of innovative prosthetic/orthotic designs

Areas of Expertise

  • Manufacturing Analytics
  • Process optimisation and machine learning
  • Uncertainty Quantification
  • Risk based thinking, FMEAs and Organisational knowledge management
  • Gait Analysis and bipedal walking
  • Fluid flow at nano-scale
  • Computational Engineering

Publications

  1. & Risk based uncertainty quantification to improve robustness of manufacturing operations. Computers & Industrial Engineering 101, 70-80.
  2. & A quality correlation algorithm for tolerance synthesis in manufacturing operations. Computers & Industrial Engineering 93, 1-11.
  3. & A novel mathematical formulation for predicting symmetric passive bipedal walking motion with unbalanced masses. Applied Mathematical Modelling 40(5-6), 3895-3906.
  4. & Prosthetic foot design optimisation based on roll-over shape and ground reaction force characteristics. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science
  5. & A bootstrap method for uncertainty estimation in quality correlation algorithm for risk based tolerance synthesis. Computers & Industrial Engineering

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Teaching

  • EG-261 Thermodynamics 2

    This module aims to generate ability to solve the problems and explain physical phenomena on the topic of Thermodynamics. The module extends the thermodynamic concepts taught in EG-161 to apply energy conservation principles to unsteady flow processes, measure irreversibilities in processes via exergy and entropy generation concepts. Steady flow systems such Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heat Pump are discussed in detail along with Combustion of fuels, Gas Turbine Engines and Jet Propulsion.

  • EG-268 Experimental Studies - Mechanical

    The course introduces the students to experimental studies in a wide range of subjects. There are Four Individual experiments (HEAT/JET/STRESS/VIBRATION) Each experiment is self contained and the student will be assessed via either: - a lab report which will have a set of experiment specific questions to answer. - An online Blackboard assessment All students work in groups and carry out four experiments, however the assessments are all individually submitted. The students keep a log-book of the experimental observations and results, which is used for reference for the technical report from each experiment written-up in the week after the experiment.

  • EG-M93 Metallurgy and Process Optimisation

    The module will be presented with real life in-process quality improvement case studies for casting processes and cover the necessary metallurgical knowledge required to review the state-of-the-art in the field. It is expected that the critical literature review will be an exemplar document for foundry process engineers and metallurgists. It should enable them to evaluate risks and opportunities in their in-process quality improvement projects as required by the Clause 6.1 of ISO9001:2015 quality standard.

  • EGA229 Experimental Studies - Aerospace

    The course introduces the students to experimental studies in a wide range of subjects. Each experiment is self contained and the student will present the findings in written form through a lab report which will have a set of experiment specific questions to answer. This written report also forms the basis for the assessment. All students work in groups and carry out five experiments which vary according to discipline, however the assignments are all individually submitted. The students keep a log-book of the experimental observations and results, which is used for reference for the technical report from each experiment written-up in the week after the experiment.

Supervision

  • Characterisation of graphene-like nanostructures and carbon fibre based polymers for high performance engineering applications (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Mr Nicholas Owen
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Sam Rolland
  • 'Developing new machine learning methods for analysing foundry in-process data in order to reduce manufacturing defects' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
  • Computational kinematic modelling of smart and energy efficient prosthetic foot (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Friswell
  • Machine Learning Algorithms in Manufacturing (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
  • Kinematic modelling of human foot for the design of smart prosthetic feet. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Igor Sazonov

Key Grants and Projects

  • Materials and Manufacturing Academy Award for EngD studentship with industry contribution of £9000 per year for four years: Design and Manufacture of a Smart and energy efficient prosthetic foot 2015 - 2019

  • National Research Network in advanced Engineering PhD scholarship for Computational Modelling of Smart and energy efficient prosthetic foot 2014 - 2017

    , £57,000

  • Welsh Government Travel Grant to Poland and Sweden 2012 - 2012

    , £1065

  • Embedding a value engineering chain in product life cycle management for vessel construction processes via a collaborative intranet based portal, KTP project Mustang Marine, Ltd, KTP007967 2010 - 2013

    , with DT Gethin, £186,068

  • A state of the art information-driven health care demonstrator: Combining advanced technologies in the gastrointestinal field, EPSRC Grant Reference: EP/F059116 2008 - 2009

    , with H Thimbleby (PI), DV Ford, J Morgan and JG Williams, £176,183

  • Self-learning control for automated manufacturing: WDA Collaborative Industrial Research Project Reference: HE 09 COL 1009 2005 - 2006

    , £188,707

  • Squeeze forming process simulation by the Finite Element Method: EPSRC Grant reference: GR/R80001/01 2002 - 2005

    , with RW Lewis (Principal Investigator), DT Gethin (Co-investigator), £351,518

  • GKN Squeeze to support Squeeze forming research 2002 - 2005

    , with RW Lewis (PI), DT Gethin, £15,000

  • nderstanding Extrusion Die Design, EPSRC Grant reference: GR/R15610/01 2001 - 2004

    , with RW Lewis (Principal Investigator), £142,104

  • Self-learning control for automated manufacturing: WDA Collaborative Industrial Research Project Reference: HE 09 COL 1014 2006 - 2006

    , £51116

  • Learning cause and effect relationships from example – the finite element way: EPSRC Grant reference: GR/R89912/01 2002 - 2005

    , with RW Lewis ((Co-investigator), £159944

  • Cash Input from Rolls Royce to support Causal Analysis Research 2002

    , £15,000

  • Support to organise NCAF meeting: Know-how Wales 2004

    , £800

  • Support from the Knowledge Exploitation Fund, Welsh Development Agency to pay for patent Costs (Grant Reference HE 09 POC 1002) 2003 - 2004

    , £32,585

  • Support from the Knowledge Exploitation Fund, Welsh Development Agency to pay for patent Costs (Grant Reference HE TT 42) 2001 - 2003

    , with RW Lewis, £10172

  • Award from EPSRC to assist in technology transfer as a part of the Business Plan Competition 2003

    , £1000

  • Materials and Manufacturing Academy Award for EngD studentship with industry contribution 2015 - 2019

    Design and Manufacture of a Smart and energy efficient prosthetic foot, £9000

  • C HoltNational Research Network in advanced Engineering PhD scholarship for Computational Modelling of Smart and energy efficient prosthetic foot 2014 - 2017

    , £57,000

  • Welsh Government Travel Grant to Poland and Sweden 2012

    , £1065

  • Embedding a value engineering chain in product life cycle management for vessel construction processes via a collaborative intranet based portal, KTP project Mustang Marine, Ltd, KTP007967 2010 - 2013

    , £186,068

  • A state of the art information-driven health care demonstrator: Combining advanced technologies in the gastrointestinal field, EPSRC Grant Reference: EP/F059116 2008 - 2009

    , with H Thimbleby (PI), DV Ford, J Morgan, RS Ransing and JG Williams, £176,183

  • Self-learning control for automated manufacturing: WDA Collaborative Industrial Research Project Reference: HE 09 COL 1009 2005 - 2006

    , £188,707

  • Squeeze forming process simulation by the Finite Element Method: EPSRC Grant reference: GR/R80001/01 2002 - 2005

    , with RW Lewis (Principal Investigator), DT Gethin (Co-investigator) and RS Ransing (Co-investigator)

  • GKN Squeeze to support Squeeze forming research 2002 - 2005

    , with RW Lewis (PI), DT Gethin and RS Ransing, £15,000 cash

  • Understanding Extrusion Die Design, EPSRC Grant reference: GR/R15610/01 2001 - 2004

    , with RW Lewis (Principal Investigator) and RS Ransing (Co-investigator), £142,104

  • Self-learning control for automated manufacturing: WDA Collaborative Industrial Research Project Reference: HE 09 COL 1014 2006

    , £51116

  • earning cause and effect relationships from example – the finite element way: EPSRC Grant reference: GR/R89912/01 2002 - 2005

    , with RS Ransing (Principal Investigator) and RW Lewis (Co-investigator), £159944

  • Cash Input from Rolls Royce to support Causal Analysis Research 2002

    , £15,000

  • Support to organise NCAF meeting: Know-how Wales 2004

    , £800

  • Support from the Knowledge Exploitation Fund, Welsh Development Agency to pay for patent 2003 - 2004

    , £32,585

  • Support from the Knowledge Exploitation Fund, Welsh Development Agency to pay for patent Costs (Grant Reference HE TT 42 ) 2001 - 2003

    , £10172

  • Award from EPSRC to assist in technology transfer as a part of the Business Plan Competition 2003

    , £1000

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
1996 PhD Swansea University
1992 MEng (Mechanical Engineering) Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
1989 BEng (Mechanical Engineering) Govt. College of Engineering, Pune, India

Invited Presentations, Lectures and Conferences

Date Description
2016 Keynote Lecture at connect_ERP 2016 conference in Birmingham
December 2015 Invited guest delegate at the connect_BI 2015 at Rolls Royce in Derby
September 2015 Invited as an Expert to lead open discussion on ‘Cultural Issues in Data Analysis, UKCI 2015 conference, University of Exeter
2015 Series of 7Epsilon courses arranged in Sweden, Poland, UK, India and USA
2005 Invited as an Expert for 2 Process Improvement Workshops organised by European Investment Casters Federation (Spain)
2007 Invited as an Expert for 2 Process Improvement Workshops organised by European Investment Casters Federation (Sweden)
December 2003 AI 2003 workshop, Cambridge
April 2003 Cambridge; Discrete Element Workshop
May 2004 World Congress on Investment Casting Edinburgh
February 2005 John Campbell Symposium, TMS, San Francisco
April 2003 Guest lecture at Indian Institute of Foundrymen, Pune Chapter
July 2011 Organiser of ASTUTE/NCAF workshop – Zero defect manufacturing: Exploit your own data at Swansea
May 2009 Organiser of NCAF conferences – Grand challenges in information driven health care at Swansea
January 2007 Co-organiser NCAF conference – Visualisation of complex systems, at London
January 2006 Organizer NCAF conference – Data Mining Techniques for SME’s, at Swansea
September 2004 Organizer NCAF conference – Self Learning Autonomous Systems at Swansea
February 2004 Organizer Cast Metal Federation Technical Committee Meeting, Swansea
2004 Co-organizer of a Mini-symposium during the ECCOMAS 2004 Congress, Finland (Organizers: RW Lewis and RS Ransing)
2002 Co-organizer of the 10th ACME-UK Conference, Swansea (Organizers: J Bonet, RS Ransing and S. Slijepcevic)
July 2002 Co-organizer of a mini-symposium during the World Congress on Computational Mechanics-V, Vienna, Austria
September 2001 Co-organizer of a workshop on “Environmental Geomechanics”, Hydrabad, India (Organizers: B.A. Schrefler and RS Ransing)
2002 Session Chairman for two sessions during WCCM-V conference, Vienna
2002 Session Chairman during the 10th ACME conference, Swansea
0 Executive Committee Member, Natural Computing Applications Forum (NCAF)

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2003 Mike Crisfield Prize: S. Savino, R.S.Ransing and R.W. Lewis, 11th ACME Conference, Glasgow
2012 Secretary, NCAF
2005 Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat and Fluid Flow Journal
2003 Guest Co-Editor for a special issue of Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering (vol 19 no 9 Sep. 2003)
2004 Guest Editor for two special issues of International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat and Fluid Flow Journal (Vol 14, No. 1
0 referee for many journals including Computers in Industry, Journal of Biomechanics, International journal of production research
2005 Overseas Research Student Award by the CVCP, London for academic excellence
2005 Overseas Research Student Award by the CVCP, London for academic excellence
1996 University of Wales Swansea scholarship for PhD study
1992 Indian Institute of Science Merit Scholarship for masters study
1985 National Merit Scholarship based for outstanding merit
1983 High School Scholarship for academic excellence
1988 Second in the University of Poona

External Responsibilities

  • External examiner, University of Manchester

    2015 - Present

Entrepreneurial skills

Industrial collaborations:

Rolls Royce Plc, Transcendata Europe, GKN Squeezeform, Hydro Aluminium Extrusion Ltd, Doncasters Ltd, Astra Zeneca, Tritech Group, Informing Healthcare, TATA Steel, Mustang Marine Ltd (now Mainstay Marine Solutions), MetaCause Solutions Ltd, Perpetuus Carbon Technologies Ltd, p-matrix Ltd, Cast Metal Federation, European Investment Casters Federation,

Process Optimisation, Process Improvement, ISO9001:2015 and 7Epsilon:

Swansea University formed a spinout company MetaCause Solutions Ltd to exploit patents and the outputs of the EPSRC (GR/R89912/01) and Welsh Government Projects (HE 09 COL 1009, HE 09 COL 1014, HE 09 POC 1002 and HE TT 42). The company developed a MetaCause process optimiser software using the assigned intellectual property. However, MetaCause Solutions Ltd could not sustain its R&D efforts through the great recession of 2008-2013 and ceased trading in February 2011. Dr Rajesh Ransing remained its Chairman and CEO from 14/10/2005 until its voluntary dissolution on 15/05/2012. The patents (US Patent No 7440928, Chinese Patent No. ZL02816069, Indian Patent No. 223861, 2009) and trademarks assigned to the company have now lapsed.

Dr Ransing was the regional winner of Technium Challenge Competition 2004 and received a trophy from Hon’ble Minister of Economic Development, Welsh Assembly Government.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/business/business-news/software-team-for-technium-2436371

Dr Ransing was also interviewed by New Scientist:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn11421-ai-software-to-tighten-up-production-lines/

London Press Service is an agency under the management and ownership of UK Trade and Investment. It has also reported on this innovation.

http://www.londonpress.info/lps/article.asp?uniqueID=6191&category=science

http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/highereducation/Documents/2008/GreeningSpires.pdf

Dr Rajesh Ransing continued his research at Swansea University and proposed 7steps of 7Epsilon for process improvement in addition to developing new algorithms for process optimisation by supervising MEng, EngD and PhD students. The informal discussions, presentations and feedback from a joint ASTUTE and NCAF event on zero defect manufacturing held at Swansea University on 4th and 5th July 2011 inspired the formation of a start-up company p-matrix Ltd on 28th September 2011. Dr Rajesh Ransing, as a chairman, remained a minority shareholder in this company along with Dr Meghan Ransing (CEO) and another investor. The company was formed to develop software for visualising in-process data using penalty matrices.  p-matrix Ltd also complements Dr Rajesh Ransing’s research efforts and co-ordinates 7Epsilon (www.7epsilon.org) activities. The novelty of 7Steps of 7Epsilon over the DMAIC steps of Six Sigma is that it presents a structured approach to satisfy to risk based thinking and organisational knowledge management requirements of ISO 9001:2015. 7Epsilon allows organisations to proactively engage into innovation and subsequent Six Sigma or other quality improvement R&D projects.