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Dr Daniel Mitchard

Lecturer

School of Engineering

Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

I am a particle physicist working in the research area of lightning physics and lightning engineering. I am based in the Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory, part of the Advanced High Voltage Research Centre. My expertise is in the characteriation of high voltage and high current laboratory generated lightning arcs with a variety of high-speed cameras, schlieren and spectrographic techniques. My research is cross-disciplinary across physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and material science.

My teaching is based in the Mechanical Engineering department, with project students in lightning phenomena on Earth and Mars. I also supervise a number of long-term student heritage engineering project with the National Museum of Wales.

Biography

Education and Qualifications

2008: CPhys, Chartered Physicist, Institute of Physics, London

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

2002: MPhys, Master of Physics, Swansea University

Career Overview

2019: Lecturer, Lightining Physics and Lightning Engineering. Head of Year 3, Mechanical Engineering.

2017: Research Fellow, Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory, and Teacher, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Cardiff University

2017: Research Fellow, Wolfson Centre for Magnetics, School of Engineering, Cardiff University

2015: Research Fellow, Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory, School of Engineering, Cardiff University

Professional memberships

MInstP, Member of the Institute of Physics, Institute of Physics, London.

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

Speaking engagements

2018: Hay Festival

2016: CBC Dcoumentary "The Nature of Things"

Publications

2020

2019

2017

2016

2015

Teaching

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

Control Theory

SolidWorks

MatLAB

Laboratories

Thermodynamics

PhD Students

Deflection and Vibration of Carbon Composite Materials Struck by Generated Lightning, Co-supervisor

Student Projects

Simulation of Mechanical Lightning Shock

Digital Image Correlation of Materials Struck by Generated Lightning

Summary

My main research area is the characterisation of lightning, electrical discharges and related phenomena primarily through the development of optical and spectral based techniques and other non-contact methods. I am primarily based in the Mogan-Botti Lightning Laboratory, part of the Advanced High Voltage Engineering Research Centre, within the Electrical Engineering Department at the School of Engineering. My research is cross-disciplinaryacross physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and material science.

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

2012-14: "Business Gateway, Knowledge Transfer Centre Extension" Co-Investigator, WEFO

2012: "Testing of Rucksacks" Co-Investigator, BCB International

2012: "Impact Strength Testing and Flow Testing" Facilitator, Fuel Defend Global

2009-12: "Knowledge Transfer Centre" Manager/Specialist, WEFO A4B