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Andy Long

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Executive Office

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Biography

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. He currently serves as Pro-vice-chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering, providing strategic and operational leadership to a Faculty with 6 Departments, over 4000 students and 800 staff. 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, Cranfield, Keele, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick universities.

Teaching interests include advanced materials, manufacturing and numerical modelling. Andy gives lectures on Polymer Engineering to final year and MSc students, and supervises several undergraduate projects and PhD students. 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 Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub, collaborating with a number of other universities and with companies in the field of high performance composites. He has published around 340 papers including over 100 refereed journal papers, has co-authored/edited three textbooks on polymer composites, and has been principal investigator for research grants totalling around £33million.

Andy is chair 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.

Andy is a part of the Composites Research Group.

Teaching Summary

I deliver lectures on Polymer Engineering to final year undergraduates and MSc students from across the Faculty of Engineering. I also supervise final year individual projects related to my research… read more

Research Summary

My research is primarily on Polymer Composites, in particular Textile Composites, and Technical Textiles. I am Director of the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub, the UK's leading… read more

Recent Publications

I deliver lectures on Polymer Engineering to final year undergraduates and MSc students from across the Faculty of Engineering. I also supervise final year individual projects related to my research interests in Composite Materials.

Current Research

My research is primarily on Polymer Composites, in particular Textile Composites, and Technical Textiles. I am Director of the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub, 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

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.

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