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Dr Daniel Mitchard

Lecturer

School of Engineering

Available for postgraduate supervision

My main research area is the characterisation of lightning, electrical discharges and related phenomena primarily via the development of optical and spectral techniques and other non-contact methods. My research is cross-disciplinary across physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and material science. I am primarily based in the Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory within the Advanced High Voltage Engineering Research Centre.

Education and Qualifications

2006: PhD, Particle Physics, Swansea University at CERN, Geneva

2002: MPhys, Master of Physics, Swansea University

Career Overview

Oct 17 onwards: Research Fellow, Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory, and Teacher, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Cardiff University

Apr 17 - Sep 17: Research Fellow, Wolfson Centre for Magnetics, School of Engineering, Cardiff University

Jan 15 - Mar 17: Research Fellow, Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory, School of Engineering, Cardiff University

Academic positions

Oct 17 onwards: Research Fellow, Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory, and Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Cardiff University

Apr 17 - Sep 17: Research Fellow, Wolfson Centre for Magnetics, School of Engineering, Cardiff University

Jan 15 - Mar 17: Research Fellow, Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory, School of Engineering, Cardiff University

2017

2016

2015

Summary

I teach in the areas of mathematics, physics and design within the Mechanical Engineering and supervise project and PhD students in lightning research across both Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Modules

Sep 17 - Jul 18: Control Theory

Sep 17 - Jul 18: AutoCAD

Sep 17 - Jul 18: Matlab

Laboratories

Sep 17 - Jul 18: Thermodynamics

PhD Students

Jan 15 - Dec 17: Deflection and Vibration of Carbon Composite Materials Struck by Generated Lightning, Co-supervisor

Student Projects

Jan 16 – Jun 16: Simulation of Mechanical Lightning Shock

Jan 15 – Jun 15: Digital Image Correlation of Materials Struck by Generated Lightning

CUROP Students

Jun 14 – Aug 14: CUROP Student, Optimisation of LabView Control Software

Summer Schools

Jun 13 – Jun 13: Headstart Summer School

Jun 11 – Jun 11: Headstart Summer School

Jun 10 – Jun 10: Headstart Summer School

Summary

My main research area is the characterisation of lightning, electrical discharges and related phenomena primarily via the development of optical and spectral techniques and other non-contact methods. My research is cross-disciplinary across physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and material science. I am primarily based in the Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory within the Advanced High Voltage Engineering Research Centre.

Affiliations

Themes: Energy and Environment, Mechanics, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing

Centres and Groups: Advanced High Voltage Engineering Research Centre, Mechanical and Structural Performance Laboratory, Magnetics and Materials Research Group

Cross-Disciplinary Research: Aerospace, Materials

Facilities: Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory, Structural Performance Laboratory, Wolfson Centre for Magnetics

Projects

Jan 17 - Dec 20: "Lightning, an Invisible Driver of Background Tree Mortality in the Tropics" (led by Exeter University) Co-Investigator, NERC

Nov 16 – Nov 17: "Streak Camera for High-Speed Spectral Analysis" Co-Investigator, Research Infrastructure Fund

Jan 15 – Dec 16: Combined Travel Grants, Co-Investigator, Sêr Cymru NRN

Jan 15 – Dec 16: "Dynamic Capacitive Sensor for the Measurement of Millimetre Displacement of Carbon Composite Panels: Application to Aircraft Materials Subjected to Lightning Strikes" Co-Investigator, Sêr Cymru NRN

Apr 15 – Mar 17: "Musculoskeletal Research Centre" Co-Investigator, WEFO

Apr 14 – Jul 14: "GW4 Initiator Fund: Lightning" Co-Investigator, GW4 Initiator Fund

Jun 14 – Aug 14: "Optimisation of the Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory Control and Data Acquisition System" Co-Investigator, CUROP

Jun 13 – Dec 14: "Lightning Effects on Aerospace Carbon Composite Materials, the Next Generation of Materials and Components" Manager/Specialist, WEFO A4B

Oct 13 – Sep 15: "Develop Autonomous Load Cells through Power Management Electronics, Wireless Communication and Energy Harvesting Technologies for Monitoring Applications" Facilitator, KTP

Jul 12 – Jun 13: "Business Gateway, Knowledge Transfer Centre Extension" Co-Investigator, WEFO A4B

Aug 12 – Aug 12: "Testing of Rucksacks" Co-Investigator, BCB International

Feb 12 – Apr 12: "Impact Strength Testing and Flow Testing" Facilitator, Fuel Defend Global

Jun 09 – Jul 12: "Knowledge Transfer Centre" Manager/Specialist, WEFO A4B