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Declan Nolan is a lecturer in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, with research interests in design to simulation automation, and structural impact analysis. He received his PhD in 2013, with thesis titled “Defining Simulation Intent”. This novel approach to simulation aims to capture modelling and idealisation decisions, which can then be redeployed or tweaked to reduce manual pre-processing efforts. Prior to his current role, he spent time in industry with Michelin, Williams F1 and B/E Aerospace (now Collins Aerospace), gaining valuable experience within each organisation which continues to motivate his research.
At Williams F1 he worked as a Stress Engineer, ensuring structural integrity and optimisation of metallic and composite racecar components. At B/E Aerospace (now Collins Aerospace), he was Senior Structural Engineer, specifically focused on the introduction of novel composite components into Aircraft Seat Structures. His particular interest, was the performance of these composite structures under a range of in-service and crash events.
Having taken up his current position in 2017, his more recent research projects have centred around simulation technologies, structural impact analysis and bio-inspired design.
Mechanics of Materials 1 (MEE1004) (2017 - Currently)
Mechanics of Materials 3 (MEE3033) (2022 - Currently)
Computer Aided Engineering 4 (MEE4023) (2017 - 2022)
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07/06/2020 → …
R1792MEE: Biohaviour - Building the Blind Watchmaker
Price, M., Kilpatrick, P., Nolan, D. & Robinson, T. T.
18/08/2017 → …
Impact of airframe-propulsion system modeling strategies on key structural performance metricsColbert, S., Quinn, D., Nolan, D. C., Fox, R. & Gaskell, J., 12 Feb 2023, (Early online date) In: Journal of Aircraft.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile22 Downloads (Pure)
Propulsion system structural response to variation in aircraft architectureColbert, S., Quinn, D., Nolan, D., Gaskell, J. & Fox, R., 15 May 2023, (Accepted).
Research output: Contribution to conference › Abstract › peer-review
A whole aircraft aeroelastic model for evaluation of propulsion system idealizationsColbert, S., Quinn, D., Nolan, D., Fox, R. & Gaskell, J., 20 Jun 2022, AIAA AVIATION 2022 Forum: Proceedings. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA), (AIAA AVIATION 2022 Forum).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution
Generative Design for Additive Manufacturing Using A Biological Development AnalogyPrice, M., Zhang, W., Friel, I., Robinson, T. T., McConnell, R., Nolan, D., Kilpatrick, P., Barbhuiya, S. & Kyle, S., 01 Apr 2022, In: Journal of Computational Design and Engineering. 9, 2, p. 463–479
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile35 Downloads (Pure)
Hierarchical CADNet: Learning from B-Reps for Machining Feature RecognitionColligan, A., Robinson, T. T., Nolan, D. C., Hua, Y. & Cao, W., 01 Jun 2022, In: CAD Computer Aided Design. 147, 103226, 16 p., 103226.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile162 Downloads (Pure)
MFCAD++ Dataset. Dataset for paper: "Hierarchical CADNet: Learning from B-Reps for Machining Feature Recognition, Computer-Aided Design"
Colligan, A. (Creator), Robinson, T. T. (Creator), Nolan, D. (Creator) & Hua, Y. (Creator), Queen's University Belfast, 12 Feb 2022
Best Paper Gold Award: 17th International Conference on Manufacturing Research
Barbhuiya, Sakil (Recipient), Nikolopoulos, Dimitrios (Recipient), Price, Mark (Recipient), Robinson, Trevor (Recipient), Nolan, Declan (Recipient), Zhang, Wei (Recipient) & Kyle, Stephen (Recipient), 12 Sep 2019
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)
Best Paper Silver Award: 17th International Conference on Manufacturing Research
Kyle, Stephen (Recipient), Nolan, Declan (Recipient), Price, Mark (Recipient), Zhang, Wei (Recipient), Robinson, Trevor (Recipient), Nikolopoulos, Dimitrios (Recipient) & Barbhuiya, Sakil (Recipient), 12 Sep 2019
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)
EPSRC Engineering Early Career Forum (External organisation)
Declan Nolan (Advisor)20 Sep 2021 → …
Activity: Membership types › Membership of public/government advisory/policy group or panel
Institute of Mechanical Engineers (External organisation)
Declan Nolan (Member)2014 → 2018
Activity: Membership types › Membership of network