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Biography

Paul is Reader in Bio-Metrology, heads up the Bio-Metrology Research Group and is a key member and co-investigator in the EPSRC Future Metrology Hub with responsibility as research lead in the area of metrology for medical and biological applications. This remit bridges aspects of implant technology to characterisation of bio-active films and biological structures.  A large focus of Paul's current work is in the application of additive manufacturing to implant development as well as developing analysis tools to assess additive manufactured structures.

Previously Paul has held the role of Senior Lecturer in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering within the School of Computing Engineering and has performed various roles within the School serving as Director of Graduate Education, Deputy Director of Graduate Education, Deputy UoA Coordinator for Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering, course leader for BEng/MEng Mechanical Engineering, course leader for BEng/MEng Energy Engineering and admissions tutor for the mechanical engineering subject area. His academic duties include teaching of Mechanical Science, Eco-Design & IPR and Dimensional Measurement Systems. Paul is also a key member of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology.

Paul studied for a BEng in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 1999. He then moved on to complete an MSc in Engineering Design and Its Management at the University of Huddersfield, graduating in 2000.

As a direct result of his MSc work Paul went to work for DePuy International Ltd, a leading orthopaedics manufacturing company and part of the Johnson and Johnson group of companies. His work there led on to a PhD with the Surface Metrology Group at the Centre for Precision Technologies under the supervision of Prof Liam Blunt and Prof Jane Jiang with most of the project work completed at DePuy in Leeds and leading to graduation in 2008. Paul's PhD work involved the development of methods for the simulation and characterisation of wear in orthopaedic knee replacement joints.

In 2007 Paul was taken on as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Precision Technologies and then in 2011 as a Senior Research Fellow within the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology where he developed a reputation as a world renowned expert on the subject of orthopaedic wear measurement.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Application of metrology to additive manufacturing
  • Development of tools to assess additive manufactured structures
  • Development of patient specific implants
  • Application of metrology to assess functionality of components and surfaces and creation of metrology-based visualisation tools.
  • Traceable metrology for characterisation of retrieved medical implants
  • Industrial application and best practice in micro-CT
  • Imaging for characterisation of surface biofilms
  • Application and assessment of measurement uncertainty
  • Application of metrology to healthcare product development
  • Development of international standards (ASTM, ISO)
  • Industrial metrology education (andragogy)

Research Degree Supervision

Education/Academic qualification

PhD

Master

Bachelor, University of Birmingham

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Orthopaedic Implants
  • Metrology
  • Forensic Archaeology
  • Surface Metrology
  • Biofilms
  • Wear
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Training

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Projects

Future Advanced Metrology Hub

Jiang, J., Martin, H., Longstaff, A., Kadirkamanathan, V., Turner, M. S., Keogh, P., Scott, P., McLeay, T., Blunt, L., Zeng, W., Huntley, J. M., Bills, P., Fletcher, S., Gao, F., Coupland, J. M., Kinnell, P., Mahfouf, M. & Mullineux, G.

1/10/1630/09/23

Project: Research

Research Output

An integrated framework of reference for the qualification of personnel in coordinate metrology

Savio, E., Menoncin, M., Marxer, M., Anwer, N., Hausotte, T., Bills, P. & Blunt, L., 2019, European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, Conference Proceedings - 19th International Conference and Exhibition, EUSPEN 2019. Nisbet, C., Leach, R. K., Billington, D. & Phillips, D. (eds.). euspen, p. 338-339 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Changes in the morphology of microgrooved stem tapers with differing assembly conditions

    Dransfield, K., Williamson, J., Racasan, R. & Bills, P., Jun 2019, In : Biotribology. 18, p. 1-11 11 p., 100096.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
    File
  • The challenges in edge detection and porosity analysis for dissimilar materials additive manufactured components

    Tawfik, A., Racasan, R., Bacheva, D., Blunt, L. & Bills, P., 2019, European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, Conference Proceedings - 19th International Conference and Exhibition, EUSPEN 2019. Leach, R. K., Billington, D., Nisbet, C. & Phillips, D. (eds.). euspen, p. 350-351 2 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • The effect of primer cap material on ballistic toolmark evidence

    Addinall, K., Zeng, W., Bills, P., Wilcock, P. & Blunt, L., 1 May 2019, In : Forensic Science International. 298, p. 149-156 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • Activities

    Method to choose X-ray computed tomography settings for dimensional metrology using 2D image analysis prior to reconstruction

    Mohamed Chahid (Speaker), Andrew Townsend (Speaker), Ahmed Tawfik (Speaker), Paul Bills (Speaker), Christopher Dawson (Speaker), Radu Racasan (Speaker)
    25 Jun 201926 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    4th Dimensional X-ray Computed Tomography Conference

    Paul Bills (Chair)
    25 Jun 201926 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Biosurface & Biotribology (Journal)

    Paul Bills (Reviewer)
    15 May 2019 → …

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

    A systematic approach to metrology for additive manufactured components for advanced industrial applications

    Andrew Townsend (Speaker), Shan Lou (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Radu Racasan (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Paul Bills (Invited speaker)
    10 Apr 201912 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Optimization of surface determination to improve the accuracy of detecting unfused powder in AM Aluminium component

    Ahmed Tawfik (Speaker), Liam Blunt (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Christopher Dawson (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Radu Racasan (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Desi Bacheva (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Paul Bills (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
    13 Feb 201915 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation