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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 assistant 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 Earl and Wright Consulting Engineers where he worked for a further six years. He is a chartered civil engineer and his industrial experience includes the design, fabrication, installation and decommissioning of various offshore structures for the oil and gas industry. He has spent approximately two and a half years working on fabrication sites and several periods working offshore on installation related activities. He returned to UCL in October 1995 as a lecturer within the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 2000 he was an expert witness for the UK government’s Re-hearing of the Formal Investigation into the loss of the m.v. Derbyshire. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2004. In June 2013 he returned to industrial practice by joining GL Noble Denton, prior to its subsequent merger with DNV, and was a Principal Engineer within the Jack-up, Geotechnical and Metocean team. He is currently an external consultant for DNV and a Visiting Professor within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCL. 

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Research Summary

During the period 1995-2013, his research interests at UCL were mainly in the field of ocean engineering and naval architecture.  Topics of interest included: fluid-structure interaction problems for intact and damaged structures; behaviour of composite sandwich panels; energy extraction from tidal streams.  Work outside these areas included collaboration with Prof J.M. Newton on problems relating to the stresses generated during the mechanical testing of pharmaceutical compacts.

Alongside his engineering consultancy activities within DNV, he has pursued research and development on issues associated with going on and off location for jack-up platforms.  He was the technical lead for the Joint Industry Project on Bottom Impact and Partially Submerged Conditions for Wind Turbine Installation Vessels.

Teaching Summary

During the period 1995-2013, his teaching responsibilities covered a wide range of courses within the department, including applied mechanics, finite element analysis and marine structures in waves.  He supervised the production of Class 1 entries for the 2006 and 2007 Formula Student competitions.

Since 2021, he has been teaching Ship Vibrations (Theory) on the MECH0066 Ship Dynamics module for the MSc in Naval Architecture. 

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