Richard Neilson


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    Personal profile

    Research Interests:

    My main research interests are in modelling dynamic systems, in non-linear dynamics and vibration and in the application of these areas along with design to solve industrial problems. These have been applied to a wide variety of systems, including non-linear rotor systems, impacting systems, geotechnical systems and aspects of a non-linear rotordynamics/wear problem.  I also have an interest in applying dynamics and design to biomedical problems.

    Current Research

    My main ressearch is currently focussed on the next stage of the underwater cutting project.

    Novel Underwater Cutting System (Phase 2). ITF project, bid submitted to BP, Shell and Conoco Philips, £477,693  (Principal investigator).

    Grants & Awards

    Major Research Grants

    Novel Underwater Cutting System (Phase 1A). ITF project, funded by BP, Shell and Conoco Philips, £104,937, 1/8/2012-31/8/2013. (Principal investigator).

    Scottish Sensor Systems Centre (Subsea workstream). SFC funded project, £525,508, 1/4/2011-31/3/2014. (Principal Investigator)

    Novel Underwater Cutting System (Phase 1). ITF project, funded by BP, Shell and Conoco Philips, £239,193, 2009-2011. (Principal investigator with Professor W F Deans).

    Investigation of the Design of Anchorage Head and Bond Length for Assessing Multi-strand Anchorages EPSRC grant EP/E050301/1, £267,328, 2008-2011 (Joint grant holder with Dr A. Ivanovic (Principal))

    Development of an apparatus and method for neuromuscular stimulation. NESTech, £135k, 2007-2009 (Principal grant holder with Dr M. Cardinale (of Biomedical Sciences and British Olympic Association))

    DEGREE – Development of fishing gears with reduced effects on the environment EC FP6 €220k. (approx £155k). 2006-2009 (Joint grant holder with Dr A. Ivanovic. (Principal))

    Design and Assessment of Condition of Soil Anchorages in a Dynamic Environment using the Centrifuge Modelling Technique EPSRC grant GR/S21335/01, £266,826, 2003-2006 (Joint grant holder with Professor A. A. Rodger (Principal), Drs A. Ivanovic and A. J. Starkey and Professor M. Davies (Dundee))

    Shaft and Structure Borne Noise Induced By Inverter Fed Motors on Ships, SERC/MOD grant (GR/H75596) £ 142,437 1993-1996 (Joint grant holder with Mr. R. Yacamini (principal) and Professor R. G. White (Southampton University))

    Fatigue Effects in Nonlinear Systems with Clearance SERC grant (GR/J 17685) £93,300 1993-1996 (Principal grant holder, with Professor A. D. S. Barr)

    Chaos Concepts in Mechanical Systems with Clearance SERC grant (GR/F 29158) £51,057 1989-1992 (Principal grant holder, with Professor A. D. S. Barr)

    Major Technology Transfer/Commercialisation Grants

    Short KTP programme with Ziebel UK Ltd to “To transfer engineering knowledge to develop a new product.” TSB/ Ziebel UK Ltd, £39k, 2009–2010 (Principal grant holder)

    KTP programme with Hydrafit Subsea UK Ltd to “To transfer engineering knowledge to develop a new product.” TSB/Hydrafit Subsea UK Ltd, £113k, 2008–2010 (Principal grant holder)

    KTP programme with Plexus Ocean Systems to “Develop an extended hold friction grip system for securing oil and gas casing and tubulars in hostile sub sea conditions”. DTI/ Plexus Ocean Systems, £124k, 2006-2008 (Joint grant holder with Drs A. Akisanya (Principal) and W. F. Deans)

    KTP programme with Pipeline Technique Ltd to “Develop a cost-effective novel orbital welding system and intelligent weld design tools.” DTI/ Pipeline Technique Ltd, £204k, 2004-2008 (Principal grant holder with Drs W. F. Deans and P. F. A. MacConnell.)

    Proof of Concept grant to “Develop a Variable Buoyancy Device”. Scottish Enterprise, £197k, 2004-2006 (Joint grant holder with Dr P. Bagley (Principal) of Oceanlab)

    Studentship to “Advance the understanding of the dynamics of anchorage systems and in particular the use of GRANIT in the assessment of anchorage condition”. AMEC Specialist Businesses, £18k, 2003-2004 (Principal grant holder, with Dr A Ivanovi? and Professor Rodger)

    Teaching Overview

    Teaching Responsibilities

    EG3522 Design of Mechancial Elements: Course coordinator and main contributor,  10 credit course, Level 3 BEng and MEng Mechanical Engineering Students.

    EG40JM Dynamics 2, Course Coordinator and only contributor. 10-credit course, Level 4 MEng and BEng Mechanical Engineering Students.

    EG4010 Engineering Project (BEng), EG4511 Individual Project (MEng): Contributor - 45/60-credit project, typically 5-8 students per year.

    EG5085 Advanced Topics for MEng Study:  Course coordinator and contributor, 30-credit course, typically 5-8 Mechanical Engineering MEng students per year. 

    EG4578 Group Design Project (BEng): Coordinator for Mechanical Design and contributor, 15-credit design course. 

    Further Information

    External Responsibilities

    Reviewer for the Journal of Sound and Vibration, ASME and the I Mech E Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science.

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    Dynamic behaviour of unstiffened stainless steel profiled barrier blast walls

    Hedayati, M. H., Sriramula, S. & Neilson, R. D., 2018, In : Ships and Offshore Structures. 13, 4, p. 403-411 9 p.

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    Optimisation of ground anchor head for non-destructive testing

    Ivanovic, A., Monese, A. & Neilson, R. D., Sep 2017, In : Proceedings of the ICE - Engineering and Computational Mechanics. 170, 3, p. 118-131 14 p.

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    Ground-Anchorage Integrity Testing (GRANIT)

    Albert Rodger (Coordinator), Ana Ivanovic (Coordinator), Richard Neilson (Coordinator) & Andrew Starkey (Coordinator)