PhD MRes BEng ProfGrad IOMMM

Research interests involve using computational methods to solve structural engineering problems, with an emphasis on correlating numerical trends to observable micromechanical phenomenon. 

Completed a PhD in finite element analysis (FEA) of creep in nickel and titanium alloys in 2007, followed by post-doctoral research at the Rolls-Royce UTC in Structural Materials at Swansea University. This research focused on developing numerical methods for predicting creep and fatigue in aeroengine applications.

More recent research has involved modelling miniaturised mechanical test techniques, additive layer manufacturing (ALM), multidisciplinary design optimisation of automotive body-in-white structures using high performance computing (HPC) and digital image correlation (DIC).

Currently, investigating various aspects concerning the formability of thin sheet metals using FEA applied to metal packaging forming in collaboration with Crown Holdings.

Areas of Expertise

  • Finite element analysis
  • Material characterisation (creep/fatigue)
  • Optimisation
  • Additive layer manufacturing (ALM)

Publications

  1. & Creep Deformation by Dislocation Movement in Waspaloy. Materials 10(1), 61
  2. & Deformation mechanisms of IN713C nickel based superalloy during Small Punch Testing. Materials Science and Engineering: A 650, 422-431.
  3. & An analysis of small punch creep behaviour in the γ titanium aluminide Ti–45Al–2Mn–2Nb. Materials Science and Engineering: A 626, 263-274.
  4. Deen, C., Whittaker, M.T., Harrison, W., Rae, C.M.F., Williams, S.J. (2014). Relating fundamental creep mechanisms in Waspaloy to the Wilshire equations. Presented at MATEC Web of Conferences,, 15001 doi:10.1051/matecconf/20141415001
  5. & Evolution of Wilshire equations for creep life prediction. Materials at High Temperatures 31(3), 233-238.

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Teaching

  • EG-323 Finite Element Method

    This module provides a concise introduction to the elementary concepts and methods of finite element analysis, with applications to heat flow, solid mechanics, groundwater flow and other engineering problems. It also provides practice in using finite element software/codes.

  • EGA214 Mechanical Engineering Design 2

    Within this module students will be expected to complete a series of exercises that will the form the basis of a 'major' design. The scope of the module will involve the students to work in groups where they will consider, as a team, conceptual designs, embodiment using innovative approaches to design processes and standards etc leading to final desgin documentations and manufacturing techniques,

  • EGIM09 Finite Element Method

    This module provides a concise introduction to the elementary concepts and methods of finite element analysis, with applications to heat flow, solid mechanics, groundwater flow and other engineering problems. It also provides practice in using finite element software/codes.

Supervision

  • change of working title«br /»«br /» «br /»«br /» Exploration of mid meshing technologies for efficient crash analysis and BIW design. (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Johann Sienz
  • Ferrari Body in White - Robust Design (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Johann Sienz
  • Development of Haynes 282 alloy ring forging route using FEA modelling. (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Nick Croft
  • High Performance Coating for an Olympic Rugby Wheelchair (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Elizabeth Sackett
  • Ferrari Body in White (BIW) – Design for Additive Manufacture for BIW Components (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Johann Sienz
  • Characterisation and performance evaluation of calcium treatment in automotive steels (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Cameron Pleydell-Pearce
  • Numerical evaluation of the effect of volatile-free coatings on beverage can manufacturing processes (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Cris Arnold
  • Advanced design of wheelchairs for the 2020 paralympic games (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Neil Bezodis
  • Surface texture and visual appearance of packaging steels (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Eifion Jewell
  • Forming Processes for High Speed Container Forming (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Nick Croft
  • Not decided yet, but will probably be along the lines of 'Bioinspired Lightweight Structural Vehicle Design Through Advanced Correlative Microscopy'. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Richard Johnston

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2013 Royal Society MP/Civil Servant Pairing Scheme

Media

  • Engineering components that last. How computer models can predict the behaviour of materials, The Naked Scientists, 5th Jul 2013