20122020

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Research interests

My research focusses on the integrity of engineering structures and materials, often dealing with high-dependability metallic components in the energy sector. It includes the mechanics of failure processes (eg. fracture and high-temperature creep), analysis of factors which affect structural integrity (eg. residual stresses) and the development of approximate methods for practical integrity analysis. I am also interested in the manufacture of components for high-dependability applications and often work on welding processes and on the mechanics of additive-manufactured materials. My research typically uses a mix of experimental and modelling/analytical approaches. On the experimental side I have particular interests in residual stress measurement, engineering applications of neutron diffraction and fracture mechanics testing. On the modelling side I am interested in analysis of defects in structures, constitutive models of materials for failure prediction and stress field reconstruction. Companies I currently work with include EDF Energy, Frazer-Nash Consultancy and TWI.

I frequently have funded opportunities for PhD study available and I welcome enquiries from prospective students. Examples of PhD projects I currently supervise are: properties of additive-manufactured nickel superalloys, effects of residual stress on non-brittle fracture and probabilistic failure assessment.

External positions

RCUK Researcher-in-Residence, Advanced Forming Research Centre, University of Strathclyde

1 Jul 201930 Jun 2022

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Research Output

  • 33 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 15 Conference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)
  • 1 Editorial (Academic Journal)
  • 1 PhD thesis (not Bristol)
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    Studying the interaction of crack-like flaws using the MATLAB toolbox int_defects

    Coules, H. E. & Probert, M. A., 15 Mar 2020, In : Engineering Fracture Mechanics. 227, 18 p., 106733.

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    Analysis of defect interaction in inelastic materials

    Coules, H. & Bezensek, B., 14 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of the ASME 2019 Pressure Vessels & Piping Conference. 93219

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