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


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Research Statement

Declan Nolan is a Senior 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 altered to reduce manual pre-processing efforts. Prior to his current role, he spent time in industry with Michelin, Williams F1 and B/E 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, 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)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


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