In 2012 I began a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Dando Drilling International with my role being the lead academic on the project. This is a Technology Strategy Board (TSB) funded programme worth approximately £105k. The team includes Jugal Desai (Design Operations Engineer and KTP associate), Erik Dalley (Operations Director for Dando Drilling), Martin Fitch-Roy (Managing Director for Dando Drilling), Gina Fitch-Roy (Finance Director for Dando Drilling), Drs Mark Jones (Head of the Collaborative Training Centre) and Kaiming She (Senior Lecturer in Hydraulics, Coastal and River Engineering). Dando are based locally in Littlehampton and they are the only designers, manufacturers and sellers of water and mineral drilling rigs in the UK – and they’ve been going for over 140 years! The project is to implement new design processes and to improve supply chain management in their products. A very exciting project with a very impressive company!
In 2011-12 I carried out a consultancy project for Suteborow LLP who produce anatomically accurate orthopaedic shoulder implants. The project involved advising their orthopaedic surgeons with the sizing and design analysis of their implant designs. This included CAD work, Finite Element Analysis of various load cases and surface analysis for casting. This project was one of the most challenging I’ve ever faced; the geometric modelling from scan-data to parametric 3D models was a particularly strong challenge.
Over the past few years I’ve also carried out a number of other consulting projects with Grays International looking at hockey stick performance and construction, WatchOverMe 3D printing prototypes for medical monitoring devices, Plastipack developing novel mould profiles for new product, new connection systems for ostomy patients as part of the ONYX project, a KTP project with Manhattan Furniture looking at novel solutions for producing versatile kitchen furniture, and new sports technology educational programs for STEMSussex.
In 2007 as part of the South East Knowledge Exchange and in conjunction with Optimised Engineering Ltd, I developed a series of finite element models for FPE Gatwick to analyse the structural and fatigue behaviour of a novel pipeline upsetter design. The project included a range of load cases throughout the lifecycle of the upsetter rigs, from collection and transport, to loading and unloading of the rig.
I have provided a number of bespoke Finite Element Analysis training services to industry, including engineering design experts Drallim Industries Ltd, Constables Mobility who specialise in wheelchair accessible vehicle conversions, and Dando Drilling.