Dr Andrew Rees
Associate Professor
Engineering
Telephone: (01792) 606242
Room: Academic Office - A_008
Ground Floor
Engineering Central
Bay Campus

Specialist Subjects: Micro manufacturing, micro electrical discharge machining, polymer processing, length scale integration, lean manufacture, process design, surface activation, biomimetics

My main research focus lies within the field of Micro and Nano Technology (MNT).

The focus of my PhD studies at the Manufacturing Engineering Centre, Cardiff University was Micro Manufacturing. In particular, micro electrical discharge machining for application within the production of micro injection mould tooling and micro component manufacture.

I have undertaken MNT research under EU FP6, FP7, EPSRC, TSB, WEFO and A4B funding programmes. My research activity is coupled by 8 years of industrial experience within both the automotive and medical device & diagnostic sectors.

As a result I possess a strong technical and practical background within the fields of injection moulding tooling design/manufacture, surface activation and lean manufacture.

In addition, I am a Chartered Engineer (MIMechE) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Publications

  1. & Investigation of the Integrity of aC:H Coatings on Stainless Steel Micro-Moulds during Thermal Cycling. Journal of Coating Science and Technology 5(1), 1-11.
  2. & A design of experiments approach for the optimisation of energy and waste during the production of parts manufactured by 3D printing. Journal of Cleaner Production 139, 74-85.
  3. & Temperature effects on DLC coated micro moulds. Surface and Coatings Technology 307, 28-37.
  4. & A design of experiments approach to optimise tensile and notched bending properties of fused deposition modelling parts. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture 230(8), 1502-1512.
  5. & Nanosecond Yb fibre laser milling of aluminium: effect of process parameters on the achievable surface finish and machining efficiency. The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology 74(5-8), 769-780.

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Teaching

  • 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-281 Polymers: Structure and Processing

    The module will explore the link between processing methods, microstructure and mechanical properties of polymers and polymer-based composites which will give a good understanding and knowledge about the effects they have on the behaviour of these materials.

  • EG-365 Manufacturing Optimisation

    The module addresses business drivers and how these define the design of a manufacturing system. The module also includes application of design of experiments as a method for developing and optimising manufacturing processes and systems.

  • EG-M106 Polymer Processing

    The module will provide a deeper understanding of the technology of plastics processing. The material covered will cross cut the engineering disciplines of advanced manufacturing technology and polymer science to broaden the technical and industrial context of polymer processing. Within the content of the module simulation software will be applied to industrial case study examples for critical evaluation. In addition, the application of polymer replication technologies within the emerging field of micro manufacturing will be presented, focusing on the advantage and limitations of size effect and length scale integration. The module will included practical demonstration laboratories and also include industrial visits.

  • EG-M108 Advanced Polymers & Composites

    The module will provide a deeper understanding of the technology of plastics & composites processing. The material covered will cross cut the engineering disciplines of advanced manufacturing technology and polymer science to broaden the technical and industrial context of polymer and composite processing. Within the content of the module simulation software will be applied to industrial case study examples for critical evaluation. In addition, the module will also introduce micro injection moulding, composite layups and 3-D printing.

  • EGA307 Polymers: Structure and Processing

    The main objective of this course is to ensure familiarisation with the methods available for fabrication of polymer and polymer-composite products, leading to an appreciation of structure/processing relationships. As a background to this, certain underlying aspects of additive technology and rheology are discussed. In addition, students will be made aware of the principal factors governing material and process selection with polymers. This will be illustrated through the use of several case-study examples on materials selection and design with polymers.

  • EGA334 Mechanical Engineering Design 3

    This module demonstrates the outcomes of three years of learning and applies multiple skills to a design project. The project will show that students can manage and deliver a design task, as a team, through all stages of the design process. Students should progress from specification to concept design, undertake analysis (using computer tools as appropriate) and produce a design report and assembly drawings.

Supervision

  • Development of Polymer Film Handling Systems for Crease Free Application (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr David Warren
  • Advanced Manufacturing Techniques of Implantable Blood Pumps (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Nicholas Lavery
  • Advanced Composite Manufacturing of Wind Turbine Blades and Shield (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Mrs Rhian Kerton
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Cris Arnold
  • Production of components through microcellular processing (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Christian Griffiths
  • 'Research into the development of methodologies for enhanced and sustainable profitability in injection moulding' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Christian Griffiths
  • 'Optimising material boding performance in a new generation of ultrasonic sensors' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Elizabeth Sackett

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Portfolio Director - Mechanical Engineering

    2016 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) 2016

    WEFO – Co-Investigator £1,652,500