Professor Stephen Boyd

Professor Stephen Boyd

 BEng, MSc, PhD

Research interests

  • Maritime Composites
  • Experimental and Numerical mechanics
  • Non-contact full-field techniques for validation of numerical models

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Dr Stephen W Boyd is a full Professor within the Maritime Engineering group in the School of Engineering.

His research is primarily in the field of maritime composites.  Stephen has a track record in obtaining funding to investigate the behaviour of both composite materials and structures to load.  He has extensive experience in the use of non-contact techniques to obtain high-fidelity experimental data for the validation of numerical models.  His research spans the length scales from investigaing stress concentrations at the end of an adhesiely bonded joint, to whole structture observations.  Stephen has experience in testing at various velocities from quasi-static loading to high velocity testing and impact. 

Complimentary to his research activites he is currently the academic lead of the Testing and Structures Research Laboratory (TSRL), a cross school facility focused on composite manufacture, materials and structural characterisation and non-contact imaging techniques. 

Stephen teaches on the Ship Science undergraduate and Maritime Engineering Science postgraduate programmes.

Stephen is a keen sailor and as such also undertakes research in the performance prediction of sailing craft ranging from 19th Century merchant ships, to racing yachts and the America's cup.  This area of Stephen's research attracts a lot of student projects, both undergraduate and post-graduate.