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PhD projects

- Finite Element Modelling of aero-structures - Design and analysis of composite structures - Advanced manufacturing methods for aerospace components


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Personal profile


Dr Damian Quinn graduated from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) in 2005 with an RaeS accredited Master’s degree (First Class Honours) in Aeronautical Engineering.  This was followed in 2010 by the completion of a PhD entitled “Panel Skin Sub-stiffening Concepts for Improved Structural Performance” from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (QUB).  Prior to joining the staff of QUB as a lecturer in Aircraft Structures in 2012, he undertook two industrially based Post-Doctoral research positions focusing on the analysis and design of aircraft structural components with Bombardier Aerospace and Constellium CRV (previously ALCAN CRV).        

Research Interests

Dr Damian Quinn’s research interests include the structural analysis and design of thin-walled structures, with a strong focus on aerospace applications.  His research targets both metallic applications (analysis and optimised design considering advanced alloys, novel geometric design and new manufacturing methods) and composite applications (impact modelling, structural analysis and integrated design for manufacture).

He has a keen interest in pursuing experimentally based research including material characterisation, structural detail testing and higher TRL sub-component testing.  His numerical research interests are centered on the finite element modeling of thin-walled structural components across multiple scales, including the sizing of large scale aerospace components.  A major element of his numerical research is FEM modelling automation and the interfacing of various design and analysis tools across multiple software platforms.


Dr Damian Quinn’s teaching activities within the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering include;

AER3004 Aircraft Structures 3

This module exposes students to advanced structural analysis methods using energy methods to determine structural deflections in frameworks and beams, and methods to determine forces in redundant structures.  It also introduces students to aeroelasticity, including the various aeroelastic effects and aircraft is susceptible to and how they are accounted for in the aircraft structural design.  


MEE1035 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering 1

Through a series of group based design and test exercises this module provides students with a practical hands-on experience of the activities and responsibilities of a professional engineer.  They are tasked with applying their developing technical knowledge and skills to practical problems covering a range of aerospace disciplines such as aerodynamics, structural design and flight mechanics.     

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Research Output

  • Design Rules for Stiffened Panel Buckling Containment Features

    Houston, G., Quinn, D., Murphy, A. & Bron, F., Jul 2017, In : Thin-Walled Structures. 116, p. 69-81 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    687 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    435 Downloads (Pure)

    The Effect of Panel Boundary Conditions on Laminate Damage Tolerant Strength

    Harley, C., Quinn, D., Robinson, T. & Goel, S., 2016.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


    Co-author on winner of Best Student Paper (IMC 32)

    Quinn, Damian (Recipient), 04 Sep 2015

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Abstract Peer Review Panel - IMC 32

    Damian Quinn (Examiner)

    Jul 2015

    Activity: Examination typesOther examination

    Exhibitor on School tour for prospective students

    Damian Quinn (Contributor)

    28 Feb 2015

    Activity: Other activity typesHosting a school group or open day

    Application for Knowledge Transfer Partnership - McAuley Engineering

    Damian Quinn (Member)

    Jun 2015

    Activity: Consultancy typesKTP & Consultancy in kind

    Motivating Student Learning

    Damian Quinn (Participant)

    19 May 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Ashby 50th Anniversary Guest Tours

    Damian Quinn (Organiser)

    18 Sep 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition