I am currently the Associate Dean Enterprise within the Faculty of Engineering and Computing and I am also an Professor of Vehicle Dynamics and Impact and the Head of the Vehicle Dynamics and Safety Research Group. Prior to joining the University in 1991 I worked as a naval architect for the ship and submarine design department of the Ministry of Defence and as a stress engineer for Boeing (Europe).
My research experience encompasses computer simulation, multi-body systems analysis, finite element analysis, vehicle dynamics, crash, safety, impact, tyre modelling, pedestrian impact. Major projects have included an EPSRC/Airbus project on aircraft tyre modelling, a European 6th Framework project considering occupant safety in Helicopter crashes, the Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Project and European funded work modelling the protection of civil infrastructures from terrorist attacks.
I am a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and I am a Member of the Engineering Professors Council.
Vehicle Dynamics and Safety are core areas in automotive design and development with significant crossover into other areas such as air transport. My vision in this area is to focus on the use of computer simulation models in predictive engineering and the need to build virtual prototypes that are optimal in confirming function and performance before confirmation with physical prototypes and expensive test programmes such as those required for crash legislation. The simulation methodology in my work focuses on the use of two recognised disciplines, multi-body dynamics and finite element analysis and projects span a number of transport based applications.
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