1992 …2020

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Research Interests

Prof Anthony Gachagan's specific research interests encompass ultrasonic transducers and arrays, power ultrasound, robotics and automation, industrial process control, bioacoustics, thermosonics and the application of coded excitation techniques. His research activities involve both national and international collaboration with academia and industry. His research activities encompass the following thematic sectors:

  • Non-Destructive Evaluation and Condition Monitoring
  • Sensors for Process Control
  • Health Technologies
  • Process Intensification
  • Pressure Field Mapping
  • Ultrasonic Transduction

Teaching Interests

Prof Gachagan is involved with the delivery of Analogue Electronics modules to 3rd (EE315) and 4th (EE468) year EEE/CES/EME students. These modules focus on amplifier design using transistors and cover amplifier design, biaising considerations, frequency response and noise characteristics. In addition, he delivers a Project Management module (EE318) to 3rd year EEE/CES students.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Ultrasonic transducer and transducer array design
  • Application of ultrasonic monitoring techniques to NDE, Sonar, Industrial Process Control
  • Design of bespoke high power ultrasound reactors
  • Application of high power ultrasound in Sonochemistry
  • Array signal processing
  • Air-coupled NDE
  • Robotics and Automation

Industrial Relevance

Prof Gachagan's research covers a wide range of industries:

  • Inspection of safety critical infrastructure in the following sectors: Energy, Nuclear, Aerospace, Oil&Gas, Transportation, Manufacturing
  • Process enhancement in the Food & Pharmaceutical industries
  • Ultrasonic imaging in Health related technologies
  • Process control in Petrochemical & Pharmaceutical industries

Personal Statement

Prof Gachagan has been Director of the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering (CUE) since October 2010. This research Centre comprises approximately 55 staff and students and has a current funding portfolio of in excess of £5M. Prof Gachagan has line management responsibilities for all CUE personnel, reporting directly to the Departmental Head of Department. Interestingly, the research portfolio within CUE is diverse, with Electronic and Mechanical Engineers, Physicists, Mathematicians, Polymer Scientists and Biologists involved in the research teams. The research portfolio of the Centre has expanded in recent years, with robotics, metrology, bioacoustics and high power ultrasound building on the traditional fields of NDE and Sonar. Prof Gachagan has been directly involved in all of these areas and it is his interest in a broad, diverse range of scientific and engineering topics coupled with his strategic leadership that has seen CUE strengthen in terms of international profile, industrial engagement and funding profile.

Prof Gachagan is the Academic Chair and a member of the Management Board of RCNDE. He is also a member of both the Technical and Scottish Branch Committees of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT). Within Strathclyde, he is the Deputy Head of Department for EEE, EEE Research Director and sits on the departmental Departmental Strategy Advisory Group and Departmental Executive Team.


Academic / Professional qualifications

  • PG Cert in Advanced Academic Studies, Strathclyde, 2009
  • PhD entitled "An evaluation of 1-3 connectivity compoiste transducers for air-coupled ultrasonic applications", Strathclyde, 1996
  • BSc Electronic and Microprocessor Engineering, Strathclyde, 1985


  • Analogue Electronics
  • NDE
  • High Power Ultrasound
  • Ultrasonics
  • Array Transducers
  • Array Image Processing

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Dobie, G. & Gachagan, A.


Project: Research

EPSRC 2018 ICase for A Poole | Poole, Alastair

Pierce, G., Gachagan, A. & Poole, A.


Project: Research Studentship Case - Internally allocated

Research Output

Calibration of ultrasonic hardware for enhanced total focusing method imaging

Ingram, M., Gachagan, A., Nordon, A., Mullholland, A. J. & Hegarty, M., 31 Jul 2020, In : Insight: The Journal of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing. 62, 7, p. 408-415 8 p.

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    2D ultrasonic phased arrays for quantitative characterisation of complex defects

    Author: Dziewierz, J., 3 Jul 2015

    Supervisor: Gachagan, A. (Supervisor) & O'Leary, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Adaptation of TFM for inspection of complex components

    Author: McGilp, A., 26 May 2016

    Supervisor: Gachagan, A. (Supervisor) & MacKersie, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    The BINDT Annual Conference Award

    David Lines (Recipient), Yashar Javadi (Recipient), Ehsan Mohseni (Recipient), Momchil Vasilev (Recipient), Charles Norman MacLeod (Recipient), Randika Kosala Wathavana Vithanage (Recipient), Zhen Qiu (Recipient), Rastislav Zimermann (Recipient), Charalampos LOUKAS (Recipient), Euan Foster (Recipient), Stephen Pierce (Recipient) & Anthony Gachagan (Recipient), 5 Sep 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium

    Anthony Gachagan (Participant)
    22 Oct 201925 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Correction of B-Scan Distortion for OptimumUltrasonic Imaging of Back Walls with ComplexGeometries

    Santi Davi' (Speaker), Carmelo Mineo (Contributor), Charles Norman MacLeod (Contributor), Stephen Pierce (Contributor), Anthony Gachagan (Contributor), Scott Paton (Contributor), Gavin Munro (Contributor), Janet O'Brien-O'Reilly (Contributor), Coreen McCubbin (Contributor)
    15 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk