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Dr Kevin Drake
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Torrington Place
Tel: 0207 679 3916
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  • Visiting Professor
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Kevin Drake studied civil engineering as an undergraduate at Leeds University and ocean engineering as a research student within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University College London (UCL).  After obtaining his PhD in 1984, he worked for Shell UK Exploration and Production for five years before joining Kvaerner Earl and Wright where he worked for a further six years.  He is a chartered civil engineer and his industrial experience includes the design, fabrication and installation of various offshore structures for the oil and gas industry.  Whilst in industry he spent approximately three years working on fabrication sites and several short periods working offshore on installation activities.  He returned to UCL in October 1995.  In 2000 he was an expert witness for the Re-Opened Formal Investigation into the loss of the MV Derbyshire.  He is currently a senior lecturer within the Department of Mechanical Engineering. 


Research Groups
Research Summary

His research interests are mainly in the field of ocean engineering and naval architecture.  Topics of interest include: fluid-structure interaction problems for intact and damaged structures; behaviour of composite sandwich panels; energy extraction from tidal streams.  Work outside these areas has included collaboration with Prof J.M. Newton on problems relating to the stresses generated during the mechanical testing of pharmaceutical compacts.

Teaching Summary

Teaching responsibilities have covered a wide range of courses within the department, including Applied mechanics for first year and third year undergraduate students and Finite Element Analysis for fourth year MEng/MSc students.  Currently teaching Mechanics of Derformable Bodies to first year students, Random Processes and Ocean Waves to fourth year/MSc students (as part of MEng/MSc Naval Architecture) and Shafts and Couplings (as past of Power Transmission and Auxiliary Machinery Systems).  He supervised the production of Class 1 entries into the 2006 and 2007 Formula Student competitions.

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