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Computationally Intensive Imaging

Dr Anna Scott BEng PhD

Research Fellow

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Dr Anna Scott is Research Fellow within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.

Anna Scott works in the field of composite materials. This includes the use of advanced experimental techniques in combination with mathematical modelling to characterise the comcomplex material structure of polymer matrix composites.


Current Position

Anna is currently an Industrial Research Fellow, coordinating the research at the University of Southampton with Luxfer Gas Cylinders; organising and being part of multi-national meetings for the design and innovation research group. She also co-supervises two PhD students sponsored by Luxfer.
Anna’s research is continuing to develop analysis tools for loaded composite structures to understand their fundamental material behaviour, more information can be found in the research tab.
Her secondary role is working as part of the µ-VIS centre (Multidisciplinary, Multiscale, Microtomographic Volume Imaging centre) in the exploitation of micro-focus Computed Tomography (CT). Her role comprises the synthesis of advanced 3D imaging techniques and quantification tools that are used and developed to carry out complex imaging and analysis across many applications and facilities in academic and industry

University of Southampton
Computed Tomography Centre

Composites are being used instead of metallic alloys to improve structural performance, for example in airframes, wind turbine blades, pressure vessels and prosthetic limbs.

The complex material behaviour of composites and the lack accurate predictive models for failure, leads to the design process of these critical structures being highly empirical, inefficient, time consuming and expensive with excessively high safety factors.

Anna's research interests cover:

  • The use of advanced experimental techniques, such as multi-scale Computed Tomography (CT), to characterise the material structure of composite materials, from the whole engineering structure geometry down to individual fibre level.
  • Exploitation and development of quantification tools to analyse the 3D material structure to provide a better understanding of the macro and microscopic failure mechanisms and determine how they correlate with the material structure.
  • Inform and validate physically-led models for the failure of composite structures enabling more efficient structural designs.
imaging of whole structure at macroscopic scale and sub-regions at meso and microscopic scales, allowing whole geometry to be resolved down to individual fibre.
Multi-scale computed tomography
carried out for hybrid aluminium/composite hoop structure, the geometry and material structure of composite is informed via computed tomography.
Finite Element Analysis

Research group

Engineering Materials

Research project(s)

3D Imaging Of The Tensile Failure Mechanisms Of Carbon Fibre Composites

Aerospace composite materials damage assessment by High Resolution Computed Tomography

Analysis of a Composite Materials using Multi-Scale Computed Tomography Techniques

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Dr Anna Scott
Building 27, Room 2029, University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 5/3019/M7

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