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Simulation Intent Engineering Design Composite Simulation CAD-CAE Integration Structural Analysis FEA Modelling


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Research Statement

Declan Nolan is a lecturer in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, with research interests in next generation engineering design and simulation tools, structural analysis and impact/crash modelling. 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. During this time he sat on the authoring commitee for aerospace recommended practice ARP6337. Of particular interest, was the performance of composite seat 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 Finite Element modelling technologies, Novel Aircraft Structural analysis and Bio-inspired design.


Mechanics of Materials 1 (MEE1004)

Computer Aided Engineering 4 (MEE4023)


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