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. Deen, C., Whittaker, M., Harrison, W., Rae, C., Williams, S., Harrison, W. Relating fundamental creep mechanisms in Waspaloy to the Wilshire equations MATEC Web of Conferences 14 15001
  2. Harrison, W., Whittaker, M., Williams, S. Recent Advances in Creep Modelling of the Nickel Base Superalloy, Alloy 720Li Materials 6 3 1118 1137
  3. Whittaker, M., Evans, W., Harrison, W., Harrison, W. Time dependent fatigue fractures of titanium alloys 3
  4. Whittaker, M., Evans, W., Harrison, W., Harrison, W. Fracture mechanisms due to Fatigue, Creep and Environmental damage in titanium alloys 2
  5. Harrison, W., Evans, W. A new method for predicting fatigue crack growth rates using Abaqus Abaqus UK Regional Users Meeting

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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 design 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

  • Surface texture and visual appearance of packaging steels (current)

    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Eifion Jewell
  • Investigation into light weighting of electric drives of high-performance vehicles, with a focus on the effects of torque ripples and uneven loading's within the gearing systems. (current)

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

    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Cameron Pleydell-Pearce
  • Advanced design of wheelchairs for the 2020 paralympic games (current)

    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Neil Bezodis
  • Formability of polymer coated metals (current)

    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Cris Arnold
  • 'Bioinspired Lightweight Structural Vehicle Design Through Advanced Correlative Microscopy'. (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Richard Johnston
  • Multiscale Deformation Modelling of Small Scale Mechanical Tests (current)

    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Djordje Peric
  • Multidisciplinary design optimisation of a can forming operation (current)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
  • Predicting tearing failure in aluminium beverage can production through finite element analysis (awarded 2020)

    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Nick Croft
  • High Performance Coating for an Olympic Rugby Wheelchair (awarded 2019)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Elizabeth Sackett
  • Development of Haynes 282 alloy ring forging route using FEA modelling. (awarded 2019)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Nick Croft
  • Validation of crushable frame spring elements for low fidelity automotive crash simulations. (awarded 2019)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Johann Sienz
  • Exploration of mid Midmeshing technologies for efficient crash analysis and BIW design. (awarded 2019)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Johann Sienz
  • Topology optimisation and lattice structures for designing lightweight automotive structures (awarded 2019)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Johann Sienz

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