Professor Robert A Smith

MA(Cantab.), MSc(Kings College London), PhD(Nott.), CEng, CPhys, FInstP, FInstNDT

  • BS8 1TR

1985 …2019

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Research interests

Following an EPSRC Fellowship in Manufacturing entitled 'NDT for High Value Manufacturing of Composites', now combining the role of Director of the UK Research Centre for Non-destructive Evaluation with a research portfolio in the NDt of Composites. This involves researching new non-destructive testing methods for 3D characterisation of composites and evolving a strategy for ensuring they benefit the structural integrity of aerostructures and engines, wind turbines, etc. The ultimate aim is to enable the optimum use of composite materials by providing detailed information about the actual as-manufactured inner quality, thus moving from conservative designs to lightweight high-performance optimally designed components. An additional benefit would be facilitating the use of lower-cost manufacturing methods.

External positions

Director, UK Research Centre for Non-destructive Evaluation

24 Jul 201820 Mar 2020

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Research Output

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
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    Row-Column Addressed Arrays for Nondestructive Evaluation Applications

    Kirkpatrick, J. P., Wilcox, P. D. & Smith, R. A., 1 Jun 2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control. 66, 6, p. 1119-1128 10 p., 8681092.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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    IEEE-UFFC Data from NDT of Composites Fellowship (10-2017)

    Smith, R. A. (Creator), Mhlanga, S. (Creator), Nelson, L. (Creator), Boumda, R. T. (Creator), Fraij, C. (Creator), Mienczakowski, M. (Creator), Hughes, R. R. (Creator) & Xie, N. (Creator), University of Bristol, 3 Oct 2017



    • 1 Fellowship awarded competitively

    EPSRC Fellowship - NDT for high-value manufacturing of composites.

    Robert A Smith (Recipient)

    24 Apr 201324 Jul 2018

    Activity: Other activity typesFellowship awarded competitively

    Supervised Work

    A General Approach To Model Assisted Qualication of Non-Destructive Inspections

    Author: Ballisat, A., 7 May 2019

    Supervisor: Wilcox, P. (Supervisor), Smith, R. (Supervisor) & Drinkwater, B. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisEngineering Doctorate (EngD)


    Effect of voids on the interlaminar failure of carbon/epoxy composites

    Author: Tretiak, I., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Kawashita, L. (Supervisor), Hallett, S. (Supervisor) & Smith, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    NDT-based Performance Prediction for Wrinkled Composites under Compressive Load

    Author: Xie, N., 25 Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Smith, R. (Supervisor) & Hallett, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)