Dr. James Paul Rouse graduated from the University of Nottingham in July 2010 with a 1st class honours Master degree in Mechanical Engineering. During this time, he specialised in solid mechanics, material models and failure mechanisms. This led to the completion of a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nottingham (under the supervision of Dr. Wei Sun, Prof. Thomas H. Hyde and Dr. Christopher J. Hyde) in January 2014. The title of the Ph.D. thesis is "Computational Component Analysis Techniques for High Temperature Power Plant Applications" and was completed with funding from both E.On UK and the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Science Research Council). Research in this project focused around the determination of material constants for complex material models from experimental data, the characterisation of realistic power plant pipe bend sections operating under creep and the development of an analysis methodology for high temperature components.
- The analysis of creep and fatigue in high temperature components (such as power plant main steam and hot reheat pipe work) through novel approximate techniques, such as the development of neural networks.
- The characterisation of thermo-mechanical fatigue using unified visco-plastic models (e.g. Chaboche) and the modification of these material models.
- The implementation of optimisation procedures to determine material constants for material models from experimental data.
- The determination of material properties from novel material tests, such as the small punch creep test.
- The characterisation and analysis of power plant components with manufacture induced dimension variation.