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EngineeringPostgraduate study

Mr Benjamin Michael David Cunningham MEng, BEng (Hons)

PhD student

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Ben Cunningham is a postgraduate research student within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, part of the Engineering Materials group at the University of Southampton.

My interests are in the fatigue behaviour of both short and long cracks within the notch stress field in martensitic steel. I have focussed on the effects of notch geometry, shot peening and overloads on crack initiation and propagation behaviour.

Academic History

MEng – 1st Mechanical Engineering at Bournemouth University (2015)

Sponsored by Amtek Engineering Solutions Ltd with focus in engineering design. Dissertation in ‘The effect of varying the type of joint used in a Tufnol to steel connection using a non-linear FEA’

BEng (Hons) – 2:1 at the University of Plymouth (2010)

Dissertation in ‘The determination of a mathematical model of the biomechanics of greyhound locomotion to reduce injury in the greyhound racing industry’.

Work History

Design Engineer at Amtek Engineering Solutions Ltd (Nov 2011-Dec 2017).


Clinical canine massage therapist at Spectrum CCMT

(Mar 2020 - Currently self-employed)

Research interests

Fatigue crack behaviour, Fatigue

PhD Supervision

Prof Philippa Reed & Dr Andrew Hamilton

I am sometimes involved with material science based consultancy projects where experimentation or analysis is required on equipment of which I am familiar.

Mr Benjamin Michael David Cunningham
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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