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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.
WARC (Weir Advanced Research Centre): FEA Analysis, Fatigue, Plunger Pump Design
Welding research: Distortion analysis of stiffened thin plates
- Stress analysis
- Finite element and Boundary Element Methods
- Thermoelastic Stress Analysis
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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Development of Sustainable Mining Equipment using Novel Fracture Mechanics based Structural Design Optimisation SRSS REA 2725 WARC International PhD Student
Comlekci, T., Gorash, Y. & MacKenzie, D.
1/04/23 → 31/03/26
Project: Research - Studentship
TIC LCPE: Wind turbine fatigue life assessment and modelling; validation and implementation (WIND-01)
Leithead, B., Comlekci, T., Keegan, M., McMillan, D. & Niewczas, P.
Scottish and Southern Energy Plc SSE PLC, Scottish Power UK PLC
1/06/16 → 31/08/18
Ultrasonic fatigue testing of structural steel S275JR+AR with insights into corrosion, mean stress and frequency effectsGorash, Y., Comlekci, T., Styger, G., Kelly, J., Brownlie, F. & Milne, L., 22 Feb 2023, In: Materials. 16, 5, 16 p., 1799.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile19 Downloads (Pure)
Frequency effects in ultrasonic fatigue testing (UFT) of Q355B structural steelMilne, L. A., Gorash, Y., Comlekci, T. & MacKenzie, D., 3 Jan 2023, In: Procedia Structural Integrity. 42, p. 623-630 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Conference Contribution › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile7 Downloads (Pure)