Dr Clare Wood
Associate Professor
Telephone: (01792) 606610
Room: Academic Office - A_124
First Floor
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. VR in Civil Engineering Teaching at Swansea University. Proceedings of the 6th Annual Symposium of the UK and Ireland Engineering Education Research Network
  2. & An Enhanced Immersed Structural Potential Method (ISPM) for the simulation of fluid-structure interaction problems. Proceedings of the International Workshop for Mathematical Modelling on Hemodynamics
  3. & A Polyconvex Computational Formulation for Electro-Activation in Cardiac Mechanics. Proceedings of the 55th Annual Technical meeting of the Society of Engineering Science, 10th October 2018, Madrid, Spain
  4. VR for enhanced teaching of conceptual design development.
  5. & (2017). A success story of funding and delivering Erasmus Mundus postgraduate study programmes in the College of Engineering at Swansea University – 2007 – present.. Manchester: HEA Annual Conference 2017: Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight.

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  • 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-224 Steel Design

    This module extends structural analysis and design concepts developed at the Level 1 Civil Engineering modules EG-120 and EG-122. The module focuses on the development of understanding the design concepts of steel structures and using the associated structural design Eurocodes. Students will focus on practical methods for design of structural members and connections, structural shape and form, design techniques for steelwork structures and use of structural steel as a sustainable material.

  • 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.

  • 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 Sustainability and the Circular Economy

    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 Risk and Project Planning

    This module is designed to provide students with a background to the complex issues concerning risk and project planning that are found in engineering. Risk: Successful delivery of engineering business outcomes in a developing or high risk environment requires a detailed understanding of the broader complexities involved. This will include risk analysis and preparation, and an understanding of how your project impacts local stakeholders, in particular cultural issues, local politics and vested interests. This module will explore these complexities and develop strategies to enable successful delivery by seeking to address the potential risk during the programme¿s inception as opposed to reacting to unforeseen circumstances during operations. Project Planning: Engineering projects can be amongst the most complex projects you can find in any sphere of work. A good project manager has to constantly assess and balance cost, quality and time. When this applies to a live construction project, making sure a good understanding of how the project is functioning will mean the difference between profit and loss, and a safe or unsafe environment for the workforce. This component introduces project management tools for scheduling, resourcing and logistical planning of site operations.

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