Professor Andy Long has been a member of staff at Nottingham since 1990, and was awarded a personal Chair in Mechanics of Materials in 2004. He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham, which was awarded for work on process modelling for composites manufacture. Prior to this, he obtained a BSc in Applied Mathematics from Warwick University and an MSc in Computer Integrated Engineering from Loughborough University.
Teaching interests include Polymer Engineering and numerical modelling. Research interests are on the design and manufacture of Polymer Composites for demanding applications particularly in the aerospace, automotive and energy sectors. Andy is Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites, collaborating with a number of other universities and with companies in the field of high performance composites. He has published over 330 papers including over 100 refereed journal papers, and has co-authored/edited three textbooks on polymer composites. He is a member of the Composites Leadership Forum, responsible for delivery and development of the UK Composites Strategy, reporting to the UK Government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and a Director of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Andy is also a member of the Executive Management Group for Midlands Innovation, a partnership between Aston, Birmingham, Loughborough, Leicester, Nottingham and Warwick universities.
Andy is chairman of the SAMPE UK & Ireland Chapter and co-organiser of several international conferences. In 2006 he was awarded the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Rosenhain Medal in recognition of distinguished achievement in materials science, and in 2014 was inducted as a SAMPE Fellow for significant contributions in materials and process engineering technology.
My research is primarily on Polymer Composites, in particular Textile Composites, and Technical Textiles. I am Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites, the UK's… read more
My research is primarily on Polymer Composites, in particular Textile Composites, and Technical Textiles. I am Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites, the UK's leading centre for fundamental research into composites processing science and technology. My research interests include:
- Modelling of textile composites - including geometric modelling of textile structures (TexGen), and unit cell modelling for processing and performance, particularly for 3D woven materials
- Liquid moulding processes (such as resin transfer moulding and vacuum infusion) applied to aerospace and automotive components - current work here is focused on process variability and automated process control using on-line simulation
- Modelling of reinforcement/prepreg forming and impregnation processes
- Performance of technical textiles - including anti-slash fabrics and airbag materials
Future research will focus on the development of multi-scale models for processing and performance of advanced textile forms, both for polymer composite components and for technical textiles. In particular, three-dimensional textiles (3D woven, braided) will be investigated in more detail, and design and performance of technical textiles for demanding applications including stab/ballistic protection will be studied. From this work I intend to design new textile forms which offer a step change in performance compared to currently used materials. These activities build upon work on textile modelling which has led our group to be rated "internationally leading" in textile/composites research.