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Personal Statement

I am a chartered mechanical engineer (CEng MIMechE) and an academic member of staff specialising in research and knowledge exchange activities with industrial applications at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and the Weir Advanced Research Centre.

In summary I am involved in:

- Advanced finite element analysis of safety critical structures, such as:

- Design assessment and optimization,

- Structural integrity R&D into the oil and gas industry, energy generation / wind turbine applications, welded structures,

- Experimental analysis and testing of structures, validating FEA.

- Development of innovative solutions to industrial problems with high impact, such as:

- Patented fracking pump fluidend valve seat design improved the fatigue life of pumps and now widely used in the Weir SPM products.

- Autofrettage optimisation solution developed & applied to numerous pump designs and the technology is transferred to Weir SPM.

- Wind turbine life assessment methodologies for SSE / Scottish Power.

- Weld distortion analysis methodologies for BAE Systems.


My current research interests in general are in the following areas:

- Structural integrity assessment, solid mechanics and modelling, and developing numerical (such as finite element analysis) and experimental (such as for residual stress measurement) methodologies.

- Applications to pressure equipment (such as in the oil and gas industry applications), energy generation applications (such as in renewable energy from wind turbine structures), welding simulation (such as for naval vessel fabrication).

- Fatigue & corrosion fatigue analysis and experiments.

Research Interests

WARC (Weir Advanced Research Centre): FEA Analysis, Fatigue, Plunger Pump Design

Welding research: Distortion analysis of stiffened thin plates

Pressure Systems:

  • Stress analysis
  • Finite element and Boundary Element Methods
  • Thermoelastic Stress Analysis

Teaching Interests

I have teaching interests in the subjects of: structural integrity, computer aided engineering design & finite eleent analysis (using ANSYS, PTC Creo, SolidWorks) as well as aeromechanical engineering and engineering business strategic analysis. I lecture undergraduate & postgraduate students in all years and run undergraduate, MSc and PhD projects.

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Projects 2007 2019

Research Output 2003 2018

2 Citations (Scopus)
18 Downloads (Pure)

Corrosion fatigue of low carbon steel under compressive residual stress field

Okorokov, V., Morgantini, M., Gorash, Y., Comlekci, T., MacKenzie, D. & van Rijswick, R., 6 Mar 2018, In : Procedia Engineering. 213, p. 674-681 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference Contribution

Open Access
Corrosion fatigue
Low carbon steel
Compressive stress
Residual stresses
Fatigue of materials
4 Citations (Scopus)
30 Downloads (Pure)

The effect of mean stress on corrosion fatigue life

Morgantini, M., MacKenzie, D., Comlekci, T. & van Rijswick, R., 6 Mar 2018, In : Procedia Engineering. 213, p. 581-588 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference Contribution

Open Access
Corrosion fatigue
Fatigue of materials


Effect of stressed skin action on the behaviour of cold-formed steel portal frames with non-linear flexible joints and top-hat purlins

Author: Wrzesien, A., 1 Apr 2011

Supervisor: Xu, Y. (Supervisor) & Comlekci, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis