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Our Students

Marta Morgantini

Marta Morgantini

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Early Stage Researcher

I’m Marta, 28 years old and I am Italian. I come from Pisa where I studied aerospace engineering and I had a master in ‘Aeronautical Structures’. I’m a curious and motivated women, I like to understand and solve challenges both in personal life and work context. I like doing sport, especially squash, swimming and climbing, and I really love to travel and discover new culture. For this reason, after I graduated from ‘Università di Pisa’, I moved in France to ‘Universitè de Bordeaux’, where I collaborated in a research group for seven months. In December 2015 I joined in APESA project as an early stage researcher (PhD student), with a project regarding the effect of mean stress on corrosion fatigue.

Volodymyr Okorokov

Volodymyr Okorokov

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Early Stage Researcher

I graduated in 2013 with a diploma of Master of Science in ‘Computer Mechanics’ in the National Technical University ‘Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute’ (Ukraine). During my study I obtained valuable skills of mathematical and experimental modelling in fields of the theory of elasticity, theory of plasticity, contact mechanics, mechanics of composite materials, damage mechanics and optimisation theory. After graduation I started my research carrier at a research position in the National Technical University ‘Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute’ (Ukraine). The main topic of the research was investigation of autofrettage methods for increasing the strength and loading capacity of high pressure thick-walled cylinders.

On 18th January 2016 I joined the APESA project funded by H2020. The topic of my research is ‘Optimizing Corrosion Fatigue Life through Induced Residual Stress Methods’. The main objective of my part of the project is to investigate the influence of compressive residual stresses on the corrosion fatigue life of Weir Minerals high pressure pumps which work in a hostile environment under fatigue conditions. In order to effectively investigate the compressive residual stress methods and its influence on the corrosion fatigue life, I apply advanced theoretical and experimental modelling techniques in disciplines of the theory of plasticity, fatigue and creep of metals, fracture mechanics and theory of optimisation.

Francesco Rizzuto

Francesco Rizzuto

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Early Stage Researcher

I joined in APESA project in May 2016 as an early stage researcher (PhD student) after working as manufacturing engineer at Avio Aero, in Cameri, Italy.

I undertook my Bachelor and Master of Science in Aerospace at Turin in Polytechnic of Turin. My bachelor thesis was in ‘Active control of the flow around an airfoil’, that was the first step that brought me into the research environment.

Another step forward was made during my master, where I had attended a courses in Aerodynamics and Fluid dynamics, theoretical and applied, and in two of these courses, Aeroacoustics and Computational methodology, held by Renzo Arina and Gabriella Puppo, who inspire me in the research field.

My Master thesis carried out with different topic, but still connected with the computational algorithm ’4D navigation in a friendly environment’. Computational optimizer was used to predict and create trajectory in a free flight environment in order to understand the impact that the navigation rules create at the environment.

Although my background is aeronautical, I was always interesting in two main aspects: propeller and fluid dynamic, from all points of view, especially from Naval engineer. The last step in the research field was done during my job at Avio, where I was involved in R&D research of Titanium alluminade alloy for electron beam melting. I was happy to do research, explore literature to understand the progress made, the state of art and try to progress in the project. The changing from research to production activities was hard to manage for myself, and result was to jump again into the university.

APESA gives me the possibility to have abroad experience in two different countries, improve my knowledge in fluid dynamic and improve my computational and mathematical skills, all aspects required to fulfil the research idea.

Evripidis Tsergas

Evripidis Tsergas

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Early Stage Researcher

My name is Evripidis Tsergas and I come from Greece. After finishing my Bachelor and M.Sc. studies in the department of Mechanical Engineering in the University of Thessaly, I worked in the industry for two years before I applied for the APESA project. Since December 2015, as part of the project, my research field is the investigation of corrosion protection systems and development of design rules for enhanced corrosion fatigue life in positive displacement pumps.

Blazej Polakiewicz

Blazej Polakiewicz

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Early Stage Researcher

In 2012, I decided to change my career form a theatre performer and became an engineer. I started a Metallurgy course at AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Foundry Engineering in Krakow. Albeit finding it particularly challenging at first, I eventually developed a passion for this field.

In 2014, I joined a research group led by Prof. Jacek Banas at AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, which specialised in the research of corrosion behaviour of metal alloys. We conducted a wide array of projects for industries (such as GE Gas&Oil France, Geotermia Mazowiecka Poland). That experience gave me the opportunity to vastly improve my theoretical knowledge in the field of corrosion phenomena and gain practical skills.

I obtained my engineering degree in 2016 from AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, and my thesis was a result of cooperation with the Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science in the Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow and the research group worked on a research project titled ‘Developing a technology of producing complex elements by steel thixo-forming’. Having completed that I moved onto a Master’s degree in Engineering, which was granted via an internship in Richemont International in Switzerland focusing on the project titled ‘Development of red gold alloys with enhanced selective corrosion resistance’, and an individual studies program at UST AGH.

In 2017 I joined in APESA project as an early stage research (PhD student). My research project title is ‘Failure mode analysis in PD Slurry Pump Valves’, focusing on the effect of interaction between mechanical and electrochemical processes on material degradation. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of my project I have the opportunity to combine my previous experience and problem solving skills with novel knowledge I obtained in the field of tribology and mechanical wear.

University advisers

Professor Donald Mackenzie

Professor Donald Mackenzie

BSc PhD CEng FIMechE

Donald MacKenzie is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Strathclyde. He is the University of Strathclyde Scientist-in-Charge for the APESA project, and also first academic supervisor for ESR Marta Morgantini and second academic supervisor for ESRs Volodymyr Okorokov and Evripidis Tsergas.

Dr Alexander M. Galloway

Dr Alexander M. Galloway

CEng FIMechE

Alexander Galloway is a Reader in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and the Vice Dean (International) in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. He is a Co-Investigator on the APESA ITN project. Alexander is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer. He holds a BEng in Metallurgy from the University of Strathclyde and a PhD for research in Mechanical Engineering from the same institution.

Matthew Thomas Stickland

Matthew Thomas Stickland

Senior Lecturer

Matthew Stickland holds a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Manchester, a PHd in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. From 1985-1990 he was Project Engineer in the Wind Tunnel Department of British Aerospace in Warton, in Lancashire. Thereafter, from 1990-1991, he was a Senior Design Engineer for Yard Consulting Engineers in Glasgow. Since 1991 he has been a Senior Lecturer at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and his current research interests include experimental and computational fluid mechanics.

Dr Yevgen Gorash

Dr Yevgen Gorash

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BSc MSc Dr-Ing CSc(PhD) GradIMMM

Yevgen Gorash is a professional researcher possessing a unique combination of engineering skills gained by study across Europe. His professional profile was shaped by three engineering schools (in Ukraine, Germany and UK) with distinctively different approaches to R&D.

Yevgen Gorash has an expert level of user skills with a range of CAD & CAE software packages, which he applies in the role of Research Fellow at the Weir Advanced Research Centre (WARC) - research group which works on a range of collaborative projects with Weir Group PLC. His area of expertise includes FE-analysis of structural integrity using advanced approaches within non-linear Mechanics of Materials.

Current research interests comprise study and modelling of non-linear material behaviour: Plasticity and Viscoplasticity, Creep, Hyperelasticity, Unified material models. These non-linear material effects are applied to the residual life assessments in fatigue and creep conditions using FEA and concepts of Continuum Damage Mechanics.

The APESA project follows on from his previous research and knowledge exchange work in the WARC and the Weir SPM company, where he was a researcher of structural analysis / fatigue assessment projects within the programme of work. He is the second Academic Supervisor for Volodymyr Okorokov and Marta Morgantini.

Weir advisers

Douglas Watson

Douglas Watson

Program Manager, Weir Group PLC

Douglas Watson is the Program Manager for the Weir Advanced Research Centre and also the Project Coordinator for the APESA ITN project. Douglas is a Honours graduate in Industrial Engineering from Paisley University and obtained his PhD award from Brunel University in 2016.

Ralph van Rijswick

Ralph van Rijswick

Chief Engineer Piston Diaphragm Pumps, WEIR Minerals Netherlands b.v

Ralph van Rijswick is Chief Engineer, Piston Diaphragm Pumps at Weir Minerals Netherlands and is the Engineer in Charge for the APESA Project. He graduated from Eindhoven University of Technology with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, followed by a PHD in Mechanical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology.