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Dr Scott J I Walker MEng, PhD, ARAes, FHEA

Associate Professor, Senior Tutor

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Dr Scott J I Walker is Associate Professor within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Dr Scott Walker is currently an Associate Professor in the Astronautics Research Group at the University of Southampton.

Dates Career Summary
2015 - present University of Southampton
Associate Professor and Senior Tutor in the Astronautics Research Group
2007 - 2015 University of Southampton
Lecturer in the Astronautics Research Group
2004 - 2007 University of Southampton
Post-doctorate researcher - focusing on structural dynamics and non-linear damping
2000 - 2004 University of Southampton
PhD student - investigating small satellite deployable structures.  Thesis entitled 'Three Dimensional Tape Spring Folds for Space Applications'
1996 - 2000 University of Southampton
MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics student
Final degree specialised in Aerospace Structures








Industrial Experience

In addition to Dr Walker's academic career path outlined above, he has also spent time working for AugustaWestlands and Qinetiq, along with performing consultancy work for Surrey Satellites Ltd and Astrium UK.

Research interests

Throughout my career I have been interested in both Astronautics and Aerospace Structures.  This has led to my current areas of research which include:

  • Satellite Deployable Structures
  • Multifunctional Structures
  • Morphing Structures
  • Inflatable Structures

I have performed both experimental testing and theoretical modelling in each of these research areas.  Examples of this work can be seen in the figures below.

Figures 1 and 2 display experimental static testing and the complimentary simulation work that was performed on a new type of deployable structure for Astrium UK.  Figure 3 shows a multifunctional power structure being subjected to a vibration environment to ensure the components of the panel will survive the launch loads.  Figure 4 demonstrates a satellite application of a variable or morphing area device.  In this context it can be used to stabilise an otherwise unstable orbit around the Earth.

Work in this field ultimately improves the capabilities of future satellites and even makes missions that were previously impossible, possible (see ROV-E below).  Also, now that our society is becoming increasingly dependent on our space based resources, we must take steps to ensure the protection of both these assets and the Earth.  Projects like 'Stardust' will help us to achieve these goals.

Static testing of a deployable structure
Figure 1
Computer model used to simulate deployment
Figure 2
Multifunctional power structure
Figure 3
Stabilising a 'g' orbit using a deployable structure
Figure 4
Static testing of a deployable structure
Figure 1
Computer model used to simulate deployment
Figure 2
Multifunctional power structure
Figure 3
Stabilising a 'g' orbit using a deployable structure
Figure 4

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Book Chapter

  • Aglietti, G. S., Redi, S., Tatnall, A., Markvart, T., & Walker, S. J. I. (2010). Aerostat for electrical power generation. In R. D. Rugescu (Ed.), Solar Energy (pp. 399-412). Rijenka, Croatia: INTECH.


Journal Special Issue

Module titleModule codeDisciplineRole
Astronautics 2
SESA2001 Aerospace Engineering Course leader
Powered Lift SESA6048 Aerospace Engineering Course leader
Structural Design SESA3001 Aerospace Engineering Course leader
Dr Scott J I Walker
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number: 13/5001

Facsimile: (023) 8059 3058

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