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Dr Llewellyn Morse
Room 411
University College London
Roberts Engineering Building
Tel: +44 (0) 77 1159 8447
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  • Lecturer (Teaching) Mechanics and Design
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
I am a lecturer working in the field of computational solid mechanics. I teach undergraduate students with a particular focus on engineering mathematics, solid mechanics, and design. I also supervise research projects in these areas.
Research Summary

My research focuses on developing novel methodologies for analysing, monitoring, and optimising the safety of structures. 

My current research topics include:

(1) Fatigue and Uncertainty Analysis of Structures with the Boundary Element Method (BEM)

  • Similar to the Finite Element Method (FEM), the Boundary Element Method (BEM) is a very effective numerical technique for analysing the response of structures. However, unlike the FEM, the BEM only requires the discretisation of the boundary of the structure into elements.
  • This makes the BEM a very effective tool for modelling the growth of cracks due to fatigue, since new elements only need to be added to the existing crack tips and the remaining model does not need to be remeshed. In my work, I am developing novel (BEM) formulations for analysing the growth of cracks due to fatigue in complex structures under the presence of uncertainties.

(2) Manufacturing Cost and Safety Optimisation of Composite Structures

  • Cost estimation is vital for any manufacturer. If a design can be manufactured at low cost, it can have a significant impact. It is therefore essential for manufacturers to accurately estimate the costs of their designs, and have a good understanding of the many factors that influence these costs. This is especially true for composite parts, as their use is often limited due to their relatively high cost. For composites to become more widely used, accurate cost estimation of composite aircraft parts is essential. 
  • As part of my research, I have worked to address this by collaborating with other universities and composite aircraft part manufacturers, to develop multidisciplinary optimization Python software with included cost models for composite structure design, manufacture, repair, and maintenance, to meet the needs of the aviation industry.
  • The safety/reliability of the part is also a very important consideration to consider as well, especially for parts used in aircraft. In my work, I have developed novel techniques for the optimisation of both the manufacturing cost and the safety of composite structures.

(3) Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)

  • Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) offers the opportunity to reduce the maintenance costs of structures via Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM), whereby maintenance is performed only if damage is detected by the sensors of a SHM system.
  • As part of my research, and in collaboration with other universities, I am developing novel SHM techniques for detecting damage in structures. 

Teaching Summary
I am currently teaching on the following modules:

ENGF0003 - Mathematical Modelling and Analysis 1

  • 1st year undergraduate module
  • I help students develop the mathematical tools and approaches they will need throughout their career, regardless of specialism.
  • I lead weekly workshops to give students a chance to practice mathematics and receive support from myself and other tutors.

MECH0016 - Design and Professional Skills II

  • 2nd year undergraduate module
  • I help students develop their professional values and skills by guiding them through simulated real-world engineering problems.

MECH0026 - Elasticity and Plasticity

  • 3rd year undergraduate module
  • I help students develop their understanding of elasticity, plasticity, torsion, and the Finite Element Method (FEM).
  • I lead weekly example classes to guide the students through the solutions to engineering problems.

MECH0073 - MEng Capstone Group Design Project

  • 4th year undergraduate module
  • I help students use all of the expert knowledge they have gained over their degree to work as a group to design solutions for real-world engineering problems.

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