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Rifi An Enterprise Consultancy Unit

Professor Simon Quinn CEng, FIMechE


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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. For the previous five years Simon was employed by Amec Foster-Wheeler, where he gained experience in seismic analysis, design and assessment of nuclear safety related plant.

Simon has a 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 flat plates and cylinders. 

Simon's research interests are in the industrial application of full-field imaging techniques for experimental stress analysis and non-destructive testing.  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 has a number of external roles with professional institutes (IMechE, BSSM amd SEM) and is a member of the IoP.

Research interests


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.

Selected Consultancy Reports

Marine autonomy: Low cost (disposable) AUV’s. 12/08/16

Testing of GFRP composite material to validate failure criteria. 25/07/16

A study of NDE techniques and acceptance criteria for composite structures: Progress report 6. 13/05/16

Composite testing: static testing of bolted joints and static and fatigue flexure of bolted beams. 26/04/16

Technical review of patent and prototype fabrication for heating plate. 23/02/16

HYDRA proof of concept: Final project report. 02/02/16

Steel wire joint testing. 06/11/15

Aluminium column testing: Project 2. 18/06/15

Quasi-static testing of butt welded materials. 15/05/15

High strain rate tensile testing of carbon fibre reinforced composite and lap shear specimens. 29/04/15

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.

Professor Simon Quinn
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