Dr Rob Malkin

BSc (Nott.Trent), PhD (Bristol)

  • BS8 1TR


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Research interests

I am currently a senior research assistant working on defect characterisation using non-destructive acoustic techniques. I am a member of the Ultrasonics and Non-destructive Testing (UNDT) group working with Prof. Bruce Drinkwater. My work forms part of the Research Centre for Non-Destructive Evaluation. My work involves finite element analysis, inverse modelling and array imaging.

My previous work was looking at acoustic/vibration behaviour of biological systems to see how these systems/structures can inspire us to create next generation technology. I was working with Prof. Daniel Robert.

My doctoral work was based around bio-inspired composite materials and how ceramic biological structures (mostly sea shells) can illuminate a new direction in ductile failure of inherently brittle materials. My supervisor was Prof. Ian Bond.  


Finite Element Analysis

•           Structural mechanics: statics, dynamics, fracture, modal analysis. Non-linear  materials.
•           Acoustics/vibration: frequency & time domain, structural acoustics, fluid-structure interaction.
•           Structural optimisation.
•           Experience: 7 years Comsol, 3 years Abaqus.

Acoustics & Vibration

•           Acoustic field reconstruction using non-contact methods.
•           Vibration monitoring using laser Doppler vibrometry & accelerometry (1D & 3D).
•           Acoustic and mechanical excitation techniques with mm-m sized structures.

Material Science

•           Tensile, compressive, flexural and impact testing.
•           Fracture testing & fractography, with expertise in delamination.
•           Stress analysis.
•           Non-destructive evaluation. 

Software & Data Acquisition

•           Matlab (6 years).
•           Autodesk CAD (3 years).
•           National Instruments – LabView. High frequency data collection and analysis (2 years).
•           MS Office. (10+ years)


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Research Output

  • 11 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 4 Conference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)
  • 1 Editorial (Academic Journal)

Sensors for ultrasonic nondestructive testing (NDT) in harsh environments

Sinclair, A. N. & Malkin, R., 14 Jan 2020, In : Sensors (Switzerland). 20, 2, 3 p., 456.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial (Academic Journal)

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    36 Downloads (Pure)

    Volumetric imaging through a doubly-curved surface using a 2D phased array

    McKee, J. G., Bevan, R. L. T., Wilcox, P. D. & Malkin, R. E., 1 Jul 2020, In : NDT and E International. 113, 8 p., 102260.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Effect of surface compensation for imaging through doubly-curved surfaces using a 2D phased array

    McKee, J. G., Wilcox, P. D. & Malkin, R. E., 8 May 2019, 45th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, Volume 38. Laflamme, S., Holland, S. & Bond, L. J. (eds.). 38 ed. American Institute of Physics (AIP), Vol. 2102. 9 p. 100008

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

    Open Access
  • 29 Downloads (Pure)


    • 2 Participation in conference

    Anglo-French Physical Acoustics Conference

    Rob Malkin (Participant)

    15 Jan 201417 Jan 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    International Conference of Invertebrate Sound and Vibration

    Rob Malkin (Participant)

    23 Jul 201326 Jul 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference