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Mr Stephen Herd MEng, CEng, MIMechE

Postgraduate research student

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Stephen Herd is a Postgraduate research student for Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Stephen Herd is a postgraduate research student currently pursuing a PhD as part of the nCATS research group where he is supervised by Professor Robert Wood and Dr Julian Wharton. His PhD is focused on the degradation mechanisms associated with cemented tungsten carbide, using both experimental and computation methods to gain a fundamental insight into how mechanical and corrosion processes interact, with the ultimate goal of improving service life prediction of components. The project is in collaboration with Professor Higgs who is the founder and director of the PFTL research group at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA. The project is fully funded through the Green Tribology EPSRC platform grant.

Stephen graduated with a MEng in Mechanical Engineering in 2009 from the University of Sheffield. Upon graduation he went to work in the oil and gas industry as a Piping Engineer for a large multinational EPC company. During this time he gained Chartership status before returning to university to pursue his PhD. Stephen continues to retain a strong interest in the oil & gas industry as well as the energy sector more widely.

Research interests

PhD research project

“Tribocorrosion of cemented tungsten carbide in oil and gas drilling environments.”

Prof Robert Wood, Dr Julian Wharton


Research group

national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)

Affiliate research group

Particle Flow & Tribology Lab (PFTL)

Research project(s)

Tribocorrosion of cemented tungsten carbide in oil and gas drilling environments

Mr Stephen Herd
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
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