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Simon Quinn


PhD, CEng, FIMechE

Simon's primary technical expertise is in experimental stress analysis and structural testing.  He has twenty years of structural integrity experience, which has also involved numerical analysis and design work.  He is the Director of RIfI and has worked on a number of projects outside his own specific area of expertise, where his skills as both an experimentalist and a professional engineer have been utilised.  Simon is also an experienced bid and project manager and supported many consultancy and research projects in this capacity.  Since joining RIfI in 2003 Simon has worked on more than 150 consultancy projects and in the last 3 years has delivered 64 projects to 40 different clients.  For the previous five years Simon was employed by NNC Limited, an engineering consultancy firm of approximately 1000 staff.  At NNC Simon gained experience in seismic analysis, using both hand calculations and the finite element technique, design and assessment of nuclear safety related plant within the nuclear processing and defence industries.

Simon has a first degree in Mechanical Engineering and PhD from the University of Liverpool.  His PhD research used thermoelastic stress analysis (TSA) to determine the stress concentration factors (SCFs) from a variety of complex hole geometries in metallic flat plates and cylinders.  This was extended to composite materials and pin-loaded holes through research funded by EPSRC.  Simon's other research interests include the industrial application of TSA to assess real engineering structures, developing TSA as a non-contact, non-destructive tool to assess residual stresses in metals, using pulsed phase thermography to reveal defects in hybrid metal / polymer composite joints and consideration of manufacturing defects in the production of composite hulls and decks in the marine industry.  This work is funded from a variety of sources, EPSRC, TSB and directly from industry.  Simon has published more than 75 papers in archival journals and conference proceedings.

Simon's current external roles are as an editorial board member of the journal Strain (since 2003) and as chairman of the Structural Technology and Materials Group of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) from 2014 until 2016.  He is also past-chairman of the British Society for Strain Management (BSSM) 2012-2014.  He has been an active member of the BSSM since 1998 primarily supporting conference and technical event organisation.  Simon's professional membership is with the Institute of Physics (IoP) and the IMechE with whom he has chartered engineer status and is a Fellow of the Institution.

Simon Quinn
Simon Quinn

Selected consultancy reports

  1. High strain rate testing of fabric samples. 13/11/14.
  2. >A study of NDE techniques and acceptance criteria for composite structures. 23/10/14.
  3. Fatigue crack growth testing of steam turbine blade material. 28/8/14.
  4. Micromechanistic analysis of the fatigue behaviour of coatings for bearing applications. 26/8/14.
  5. Feasibility of autonomous ballast tank inspection. 12/11/13.
  6. Tensile testing of bonded scarf joints. 14/6/13.
  7. High strain rate testing of composites. 8/5/13.
  8. Thermography of adhesive joints: feasibility study. 17/12/12.
  9. Investigation of bearing joint seizure. 14/12/12.
Simon Quinn
Simon Quinn


Composite Cabin Module, Nov 13 to Aug 15, Innovate UK Academic co-investigator.  The project will design, engineer, manufacture, fit-out and test a prefabricated accommodation module typical of cabins currently installed on cruise liners and other ships.  The University of Southampton is leading the materials research and characterisation test activity.

Residual Stress and Structural Integrity Studies using Thermography (RESIST), Oct 13 to Sep 16, Innovate UK

Co-investigator with responsibility for industrial liaison.  The project aims to develop a new means of evaluating residual stress based on material and systems models combined with data from a full-field, non-contact, non-destructive measurement technique.

Key facts

  • Simon has co-supervised four PhD students to successful completion and also supports MSc and undergraduate project supervision and examining at the University of Southampton and regularly reviews scientific papers for a variety of journals.
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