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Chris Rudd

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Engineering

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Research Summary

Current research concerns composite materials - their structure, processing and performance. We are particulary interested in textile forms and in the modelling of the fabric structure. This leads… read more

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Current Research

Current research concerns composite materials - their structure, processing and performance. We are particulary interested in textile forms and in the modelling of the fabric structure. This leads into downstream modelling of a range of different performance aspects - permeability, stiffness, damage, environmental degradation etc. We have strong links with automotive companies and have focussed on low investment manufacturing and energy absorbing structures. My main area of emerging interest lies in using polymer composites as synthetic bone replacement and fracture fixation. We focus expecially on the use of resorpable fibres in a range of biocompatible polymers to explore the possibility of making medical devices that are stiffness-matched to bone with controlled resoprtion characteristics.

Future Research

 We have established a useful platform for collaboration with other user groups in two respects:

  • Our generic fabric modeller TEXGEN offers a fast and accurate method for generating geometric models of conventional and unconventional textile forms. We use it for a relatively narrow range of its potential applications and we are keen to link with 3rd parties who might find advantage in developing new applications in other sectors such as textile design, manufacture and conversion.
  • Our developing interests in high modulus, resorpable fibres have led us to establish a melt spinning facility for phosphate glass fibres. We presently use these fibres within mainly rigid systems  and we would welcome collaboration with 3rd parties with broader interests in scaffolds, dressings or other therapeutic systems.

Department of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Materials Engineering

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