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Ross James Friel's main research focuses on advanced materials and digital manufacturing processes to bring about new engineering capabilities in electronics, composites, sensors, and devices. This is primarily achieved through exploration and boundary-pushing of 3D Printing, Additive and Hybrid Manufacturing techniques applied to new areas of scientific and engineering innovation.
Academic title: Docent.
Expert Competence Areas:
Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM - a solid-state metal process that can permit embedded electronics within metal matrix composites); Additive Manufacturing & In-Situ Resource Utilisation (3D printing on the Moon, Mars and in Space); 3D Printing for Electromagnetic Applications (radar lenses and other components); Additive Manufacturing for Hard X-ray Synchrotron Applications (for serial crystallography and other techniques); Embedding Electronics; Complex Microfluidics and Mechatronics.
Knowledge and Skills:
Computer-Aided Design and Engineering (CAD, CAE); 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing/Advanced Digital Manufacturing; Mechanical Design & Testing (including nano-indentation); Materials Characterisation (Optical Microscopy, SEM, TEM, DSC and others); Surface Measurement (interferometry, talysurf, AFM and others); Design and production of scientific instrumentation; X-ray techniques (tomography, crystallography, and others); Electronics Integration; Mechatronics.
Technology Area Leader for Smart Electronic Systems; Programme Manager for Master's Programme in Electronics Design (TAELD) & Responsible examiner for: EL8009, DT6015, DT4030 and DT2019.
Optoelectronics (EL8009); Innovation Project (DT6015); Mechatronic Construction with CAD (DT4030); Introduction to Engineering Studies (TE2015); Perspectives on Mechatronic Systems (DT2019); Design of Mechatronic Systems (DT4027); Supervision of Undergraduate and Postgraduate theses.