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Dr David Clark

Dr David Clark

Senior Lecturer

School of Engineering

Email
clarkd@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5070
Campuses
E3.23, Queen's Buildings - East Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

I am a Senior Lecturer, conducting research into high voltage insulation systems for aerospace, lightning direct effects and protection and earthing systems. I teach a variety of subjects on both the Electrical & Electronic and Integrated engineering degree schemes at Cardiff, specialising mainly in electromagnetics and power engineering.

As deputy-director of the Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory, I am involved with a range of industrially-focussed projects concerned with the impact of lightning on materials and structures, and the effective operation of lightning protection schemes. We work closely with the aerospace, power and telecommunications sectors at the early stages of technology readiness, to develop solutions for earthing and lightning protection.

My other active research projects are concerned with lightning protection and electrical safety cases for community nanogrid schemes in developing countries, and measuring the ecological impact of lightning in the tropics as a consequence and possible driver of climate change.

Biography

I joined Cardiff University as a Research Associate in March 2012, becoming a Lecturer in 2014 and Senior Lecturer in 2020.  received a PhD in 2012 from Cardiff University.

Honours and awards

EEE Teacher of the Year award 16/17

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)

Academic positions

2014 - present: Lecturer, Cardiff University
2012-2014: Research Associate, Cardiff University - project sponsored by National Grid
2007-2012: PhD Candidate (Postgraduate Teaching Studentship), Cardiff University

Committees and reviewing

Journal Reviewer - IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Applications, MDPI Energies

Publications

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Teaching

I am a senior lecturer and Year 3 tutor in the EEE discipline at Cardiff School of Engineering, with teaching responsibilities on the following taught programmes:

  • Integrated Engineering (BEng / MEng)
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering (BEng / MEng)
  • Electrical Energy Systems (MSc)

I teach classes and laboratories in the following subject areas:

  • Engineering Electromagnetics
  • Network Analysis
  • Power Systems Analysis
  • Electrical Machines
  • Engineering Project Management

I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Undergraduate Teaching and Learning and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

My research interests include:

  • Insulation Coordination at Altitude
  • Atmospheric Correction in Electrical Insulation Systems
  • Lightning Direct Effects
  • Lightning Electrostatics and Electromagnetics
  • Earthing and Grounding
  • Ecological Impacts of Lightning
  • High Voltage and High Current Measurement techniques
  • Optical Sensing and Measurement for Harsh Electromagnetic Environments
  • Computational Electromagentics


Research Contracts:

TITLEINVESTIGATORSSPONSORVALUEDURATION
Robust Extra-Low Cost Nanogrids (RELCON)M McCulloch 
D Rogers 
D Clark
I Nyamongo 
EPSRC£1,277,00005/2018 - 04/2021
Understanding the effects of condensation on electrical discharge phenomena in next generation more/all-electric and hybrid aircraftD ClarkEPSRC£125,00002/2018-11/2019
High frequency earthing and its impact on the transmission systemA Haddad
D Clark
S Robson
National Grid£292,00003/2019 - 05/2021
Characterization and modelling of SOP transients due to lightning strikes in OPGW cables

A Haddad
D Clark

Huawei Technologies Dusseldorff GmbH£117,00001/2018 - 02/2019
Protection of Structures from Lightning Strikes (PROTEST)

A Haddad
C Featherston
M Eaton
P Prokopovich
D Clark

ATI
InnovateUK
Airbus
£499,00003/2014 - 01/2019
Dynamic capacitive sensor for the measurement of millimeter-displacement of carbon composite panels: Applications to aircraft materials subjected to lightning strikesA Haddad
D Mitchard
H Griffiths
D Clark
Ser Cymru NRN Swansea£115,00001/2015 - 12/2016
Ionic mobility testing

D Clark
A Haddad

Filton Systems Engineering£8,00011/2014 - 03/2015

Other Projects:

TITLEINSTITUTIONSSPONSORVALUEDURATION
Lightning: An invisible driver of tree mortality in the tropics?

University of Exeter
University of Edinburgh
Cardiff University

NERC£654,00001/2017 - 12/2021

Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Insulation Coordination at Altitude
  • Atmospheric Correction in Electrical Insulation Systems
  • Lightning Direct Effects
  • Lightning Electrostatics and Electromagnetics
  • Earthing and Grounding
  • High Voltage and High Current Measurement techniques
  • Optical Sensing and Measurement for Harsh Electromagnetic Environments

Past projects

  • Co-Supervisor (50%) for Simon Evans - "Characterisation of outgassing from carbon fibre composite aircraft joints subjected to lightning current", PhD (awarded 2018)