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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

  • 35 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 15 Conference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)
  • 1 Editorial (Academic Journal)
  • 1 PhD thesis (not Bristol)
Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    73 Downloads (Pure)

    Effect of crack-like defects on the fracture behaviour of Wire + Arc Additively Manufactured nickel-base Alloy 718

    Seow, C., Zhang, J., Coules, H., Wu, G., Jones, C. P., Ding, J. & Williams, S., 8 Sep 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Additive Manufacturing.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 37 Downloads (Pure)