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Personal profile

Biography

Work experience

  • 04/2017 - Present,   Research Fellow in Ultra-precision Surfaces, University of Huddersfield, UK

  • 09/2016 - 03/2017,  Research Assistant in Ultra-precision Surfaces, University of Huddersfield, UK

  • 05/2015 - 08/2016,  Post-Doctoral Research, Glyndwr University, UK

  • 12/2013 - 04/2015,  Associate Professor, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

  • 04/2004 - 12/2013,  Lecture, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Education

  • 05/2009–07/2012 University College London, UK

    PhD in Physics and Astronomy

  • 09/2001–04/2004 Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

    MSc in Electrical Engineering and Automation

  • 09/1997–07/2001 Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

    B. Eng. in Mechanical Engineering and Automation

Projects

  • Development of a high dynamic-range, free-form surface-metrology. To establish feasibility of the key technical risk items in a novel metrology instrument that aims to deliver automated, high dynamic-range, in-line metrology for “industry-sized” free-form surfaces, fast and precisely. Then, to estimate uncertainty of measurement. Aim to address free-form parts of any shape, up to 30~40cm in size.

  • Research on the potential of industrial robots to automate manual interventions with CNC polishing machine, and to provide surface-processing capabilities in their own right.

  • Development of aspheric aluminium mirrors polishing techniques for a space- based telescope system.

  • Development on an automation system combining an industrial robot with a CNC polishing machine. The scope of this project is to deliver a fully-automated, integrated system to enhance industrial mass ultra-precision manufacture.

  • Developed a process-chain for the manufacture of the mirror segments for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) using the 'Precessions' polishing technique.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Optical metrology instruments development (for free-form optics), including: system setup, data acquisition for digital and analogue devices, system test and data analysis;
  • CNC polishing of ultra-precision surface and metrology;
  • Robotic polishing for aspheric aluminium ultra-precision surface and test;
  • Automation based on ABB IRC5 and FANUC 30iB controller system;
  • Mechanical design, FEA.

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Projects

Research Output

Advances in Optical Fabrication for Astronomy

Walker, D., Yu, G., Li, H., Myer, B. W., Beaucamp, A. T., Namba, Y. & Wu, L., 11 May 2019, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 485, 2, p. 2071–2082 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Combined processing chain for freeform optics based on atmospheric pressure plasma processing and bonnet polishing

    Su, X., Ji, P., Liu, K., Walker, D., Yu, G., Li, H., Li, D. & Wang, B., 24 Jun 2019, In : Optics Express. 27, 13, p. 17979-17992 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Fully automating fine-optics manufacture - why so tough, and what are we doing?

    Walker, D. D., McCluskey, T. L., Yu, G., Petrovic, S. & Li, H., 1 Dec 2019, In : Journal of the European Optical Society. 15, 1, 10 p., 24.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Mid-spatial frequency removal on aluminum free-form mirror

    Li, H., Walker, D. D., Zheng, X., Su, X., Wu, L., Reynolds, C., Yu, G., Li, T. & Zhang, P., 2 Sep 2019, In : Optics Express. 27, 18, p. 24885-24899 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Rigid aspheric smoothing tool for mid-spatial frequency errors on aspheric or freeform optical surfaces

    Yu, G., Wu, L., Su, X., Li, Y., Wang, K., Li, H. & Walker, D., 2 Aug 2019, In : Journal of the European Optical Society. 15, 1, 9 p., 18.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 1 Publication Peer-review
    • 1 Grant peer-review

    Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (Journal)

    Hongyu Li (Reviewer)
    Sep 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

    EPSRC grant proposal

    Hongyu Li (Participant)
    Aug 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesGrant peer-review