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Dr Duncan Crump 

Consulting Engineer

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Duncan is a Consulting Engineer with a strong technical background in materials and mechanical testing. He is an expert in experimental mechanics and in particular the use of optical techniques, testing composite structures and dynamic loads.

Duncan graduated as an aerospace engineer from the University of Southampton and stayed to study an EngD in performance of out-of-autoclave composite manufacture in conjunction with GE Aviation in 2004. He initially moved into a three year post-doctorate research role at Southampton, investigating the dynamic loading of composites using synchronised optical techniques to measure strain and temperature. He has then worked on several projects as a testing expert, including testing of large composite structure from wind turbines. Duncan joined RIfI in 2014 to bring his experience of experimental mechanics and optical measurement techniques to consultancy projects. Duncan now primarily focuses on consultancy but continues to engage in various research activities.



Research interests


Luxfer gas cylinders (current)

Technical and testing expertise and project management role for a team that consists of postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students.  The project is investigating the use of composite gas cyclinders.


Employed as testing expert and researcher on a joint project with Aalborg University and DTU Copenhagen.  The project was funded by wind turbine manufacturer LM Wind Power in Denmark and involved testing and investigation of large composite structures.


Lead postdoctoral researcher on jointly funded project by ESPRC and DSTL.  The project used optical full-field techniques at high speed to measure strain and temperature evolution in composite materials during high rate testing.

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Book Chapter

  • Eaton Evans, J., Crump, D. A., & Dulieu-Barton, J. M. (2009). Thermoelastic stress analysis. In J. Eaton Evans, J. M. Dulieu-Barton, & R. L. Burguete (Eds.), Modern Stress and Strain Analysis: a State of the Art Guide to Measurement Techniques (pp. 18-19). Findlay Media.


Selected Consultancy Reports

Testing of GFRP composite material to validate failure criteria. 10/08/2016. RIfI Report.

Deflection testing of large composite components with digital image correlation. 04/07/2016. RIfI Report.

Feasibility study to identify variation in material properties across PEEK specimens using digital image correlation. 26/05/2016. RIfI Report.

Investigating the strain rate sensitivity of epoxy adhesive. 12/04/2016. RIfI Report.

Technical review of patent and prototype fabrication for heating plate. 24/09/2015. RIfI Report.

Compression testing of large aluminium columns. 18/06/2015. RIfI Report.

High strain rate tensile testing of composite and lap shear specimens. 30/04/2015. RIfI Report.

High strain rate testing of glass fabric in an elastomer silicone coating. 13/11/2014. RIfI Report.

Tensile testing of large composite insert joints. 31/07/2013. RIfI Report.

High strain rate testing of composites and fatigue testing of welds. 26/06/2013. RIfI Report.

  • Published and contributed to 26 publications in the last 8 years including 3 articles in industrially relevant magazines.
  • Co-supervised four student MSc projects in the last 4 years.
  • Currently co-supervising one PhD student and assisted with the supervision of two successful PhD projects.
  • Part of the organising and teaching team on BSSM Workshop on Experimental Mechanics.
Dr Duncan Crump
(023) 8059 6572

Room Number : 178/3017

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