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Dr Peter Theobald BEng(Hons), PGCert, PhD, CEng, MIMechE, MInstLM, FHEA

Dr Peter Theobald

BEng(Hons), PGCert, PhD, CEng, MIMechE, MInstLM, FHEA

Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research

School of Engineering

Email:
theobaldps@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4726
Location:
S/2.10, Queen's Buildings - South Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Available for postgraduate supervision

Dr Peter Theobald leads a team of engineers focussed on exploiting the potential of polymer-based, additive manufacturing to achieve enhanced industrial outputs.

Dr Theobald and his team are driving forward the adoption of additive manufacturing in the energy-absorption sector, combining the design freedom afforded by additive manufacturing and existing strain-dependant materials.  His main area of interest relates to achieving material-structures that are able to protect against both minor and major head trauma.  He works alongside the National Football League (US) and leading, international equipment manufacturers and have attracted funding from a range of sources including the prestigious Head Health Tech programme.  A summary of his recent work was recently published by BBC Sport, whilst ITV Wales evaluated the potential of his work to be used more widely in other contact sports.

He is also actively involved in more clinically-focussed research, with on-going projects including an EPSRC-funded study investigating cardiac biomechanics and a variety of orthopaedic engineering projects.

Recent Papers:

  • Mechanical characterisation of additively manufactured structures in variable strain rate applications, A novel pathway to characterise thermoplastic elastomers for AM, can be accessed in full, here.
  • A novel pathway to characterise thermoplastic elastomers for AM can be accessed in full, here
  • A paper recently publised in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Glasgow, focussing on efforts to establish a more efficient constitutitve model for describing the biomechanical behaviour of cardiac tissue, can be accessed in full here.

Funded Opportunities:

Dr Theobald currently has the following, competitve funded research opportunities within his group:

Industrial Collaboration:

Dr Theobald actively engages with a breadth of industries, focussing on researching and developing new, polymer-based material-structures that can be translated to products.  He has success securing funding from Innovate UK to progress the adoption of new technologies and is always seeking new collaboration opportunities. 

Dr Theobald's research focusses at the interface of engineering and medicine.  He aims to identify new and novel solutions to reduce the risk of mortality, morbidity and injury.  He specialises in achieving this through the novel and innovative adoption of additive manufacturing technologies to biomechanics. His research is of both a fundamental and applied nature, meaning he works with a range of academic, clinical and industrial collaborators within the UK and overseas. Internally, Dr Theobald holds memberships in both the High Value Manufacturing, and Bioengineering, research groups.

Peter Theobald graduated in 2003 as a Medical Engineering from the University of Bradford (1st Class (Hons)), at the time being one of very few higher education institutions to offer such a programme.  He moved to Cardiff School of Engineering to read his PhD in soft tissue biomechanics, focusing on the tendo Achilles insertion site.  He performed a series of biomechanical and antomical analyses, revealing the complex and impressive engineering concepts that ensure this interface is able to withstand such high loads.  He was supervised by Professor Len Nokes (School of Engineering), the late Professor Mike Benjamin (School of Biosciences) and the late Professor Colin Dent (School of Medicine).

He now leads a research team aiming to establish new methods to reduce the risk of injury, morbidity and mortality.  The group’s primary focus is on reducing head injuries in sporting and collision environments, predominantly by establishing new impact technologies.  This comprises ‘blue skies’ research, as they seek to understand and investigate more effective materials, structural geometries and manufacturing methodologies.  They have attracted funding from a range of sources, have a patent granted and a second pending.  The group also translate their research to both industry and athletes.  They have experience working alongside manufacturers and elite sports organisations including the WRU and English Institute of Sport.  They have also worked with the National Football League, with their material having been selected from 125 submissions to the Head Health Challenge III competition. 

Dr Theobald’s research also includes a wider spectrum of engineering applied to medicine, meaning he works with a range of clinical colleagues and academic collaborators within the UK and overseas.  His work investigating how the biomechancial behaviour of cardiac tissue changes with age has recently been funded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, alongside the prestigious SoftMECH centre (University of Glasgow) and Swansea University. 

Dr Theobald also frequently reviews grants and papers for international funding bodies and journals.  



Honours and awards

Associate Peer Review College membership

EPSRC

2018

Distinguished research series

GIAN (India)

2018

Advisory Board member

Journal of Sports Sciences

2017

International Faculty member

ICJR Middle East

2016

Programme Chair

SDM Conference

2016

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Engineer (IMechE)
  • Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Committees and reviewing

  • Peer-reviewer for multiple international journals
  • Peer-reviewer for various UK funding bodies/agencies

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2008

  • Landham, P. R.et al. 2008. A bio-tribological analysis of paratenonitis. Presented at: STLE/ASME 2008 International Joint Tribology Conference (IJTC2008), Miami, FL, USA, 20-22 October 2008Proceedings of the STLE/ASME 2008 International Joint Tribology Conference (IJTC2008), October 20–22, 2008 , Miami, Florida, USA. ASME Conference Proceedings New York, NY: ASME pp. 131-133., (10.1115/IJTC2008-71158)

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2005

Dr Theobald teaches a range of subjects that consider musculoskeletal biomechanics, and how the implementation of innovative design can add to this valuable area. 

Dr Theobald has also served as Head of the Mechanical, Medical and Manufacturing (2013-17), and is currentlyTutor for the Medical Engineering undergraduate degree scheme. 

Research theme: Mechanics, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing

Contracts

Title People Sponsor Value Duration
Upgrading the small equipment base for early career researchers in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Holford K, Whatling G, Lees J, Anderson P I, Brousseau E, Cipcigan L M, Pullin R, Bigot S, Theobald P, Simpson R N, Kawashita L F, Clarke A EPSRC 498326 01/11/2012 - 31/03/2013
Using 'digital' materials to establish a novel investigation platform for cardiac arrest Theobald P Ser Cymru NRN Sweasea 57000 01/07/2014 - 30/06/2017
Validating the use of piezoelectric materials for novel application in bio-mechanical engineering Theobald P Royal Society 15000 01/04/2013 - 31/03/2014
Optimising Impact protection through additive manufacturing Theobald P EPSRC via Nottingham University 2951 15/08/2014 - 14/03/2015
Putting the 'Spark' Back into Electrical Engineering (Ingenius Public Engagement Grant) Theobald P Royal Academy of Engineering 30000 01/04/2014 - 31/07/2015
Increasing the acceptance of safety headwear within the climbing Theobald P Welsh European Funding Office 39903 01/03/2013 - 28/02/2014
Can providing 3D printing be used to enhance cardiopulmonary resucitation techniques? Theobald P, Clarke A Welsh Crucible 9973 01/12/2013 - 31/08/2014
Biomechanical analysis of dual bridge plating Theobald P, Jones M Biomet Manufacturing LLC 24593 01/06/2014 - 15/02/2015
The use of novel materials to enhance motorcyclist safety in developing countries Theobald P, M. Alves (Fellow) Royal Society - Newton Fund 11800 01/11/2015 - 31/07/2017

New and novel materials to reduce head injury

Theobald P, Soe S EPSRC IAA 19936 15/06/2015 - 30/09/2015

Developing novel materials to enhance motorcycle safety

Theobald P, Soe S KESS II 80000 01/01/2016 - 31/12/2019

To radically improve the performance of protective helmets

Theobald P KTP 229425

23/01/2017 - 22/01/2020

 To radically improve the performance of protective helmets

Theobald P e-KTP via Welsh Government 24,000 23/01/2017 - 22/01/2020

Quantifying probable region-specific microstructural and biomechanical variations In mature porcine tissue

Theobald P EPSRC via Glasgow University 6,000 1/10/18 – 30/4/19

 Growth and remodelling in the porcine heart – pushing mathematics through experiments

Theobald P, Soe S, Yang X (in collaboration with Glasgow and Swansea Universities) EPSRC £341k (£800k total) 01/05/2019-30/04/2022

Novel, rate-dependent material to enhance helmet liner performance

Theobald P, Soe S Football Research Inc £80k 01/03/2019-28/02/2020

Supervised Students

Title Student Status Degree
Development of a viscoelastic material for additively manufacture an enhanced helmet liner ADAMS, Rhoss Current PhD
Developing novel materials to enhance motorcyclist safety. ROBINSON, Michael Current PhD
Developing Multi-Material Structures for Enhanced Energy Absorption, for application to Head Protection HANNA, Ben Current PhD
Using 'Digital' Materials to Establish a Novel Investigative Platform for Cardiac Arrest AHMAD Faizan Graduate PhD
CAN PAEDIATRIC CPR PERFORMANCE BE IMPROVED THROUGH THE PROVISION OF 'REAL TIME' FEEDBACK? KANDASAMY Jeyapal Graduate PhD
Biomechanics Of Skull Fracture And Intracranial Injury In Young Children As Consequence Of A Low Height Fall HUGHES Jonathon Graduate PhD
FINITE ELEMENT MODELING OF THE FEMUR BONE WITH GEOMETRY AND MATERIAL PROPERTIES RETREIVED FROM CT-SCAN DATA GHAIDAA ABDULRAHMAN Khalid Graduate PhD
Developing a Methodology to Perform Measurements of the Multi-spinal regions and Lumbar-Hip Complex Kinematics during Dominant Daily Tasks ALQHTANI Raee Graduate PhD
An Investigation to Establish How The Evolution of Rugby Influences The Risk of Spinal Injury During Scrummaging SWAMINATHAN Ramesh Graduate PhD
Developing a computational model to enabe simulation of blood perfusion/circulation during cardiopulmonary resuscitation SHAABETH Samar Ali Jaber Graduate PhD

Engineering an improvement in chest compression quality during simulated infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation

MARTIN Philip Graduate PhD

Dr Theobald's research group focuses on areas including:

  • Head protection
  • Injury prevention
  • Light-weighting 
  • Energy absorption
  • Additive manufacturing for medical application
  • Orthopaedics 

Please contact him using the above details should your interests lie within these areas