Personal profile


My first degree was in Nuclear Engineering at Manchester University. I was sponsored by the UK Atomic Energy Authority during my degree and following a pre-university gap year working at Risley, and summer placements at Windscale and Dounraey, I joined the Decommissioning Development team at Windscale as a graduate engineer. In 1989 I joined Huddersfield University as a lecturer and embarked on a part time PhD the following year. This PhD on ‘enhancing finite element analysis boundary stress predictions’ was supervised by John Smart of Manchester University and was awarded in 1996. I was Subject Area Leader in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering for eight years prior to being appointed as Reader within the Turbocharger Research Institute in 2014. I am an editor for the Central European Journal of Engineering and a reviewer for seven international journals. I am also a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Academic Assessment Committee and the Academic Standards Panel.

My major teaching commitment is in the area of solid mechanics and finite element analysis although I have previously taught Enterprise and fundamental Mechanical Science. I was previously Course Leader for our MEng/BEng courses in the Mechanical and Automotive Engineering area and piloted these courses through three accreditation visits by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Structual integrity of turbocharger systems 
  • Air bearings 
  • Multi-criteria optimisation

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Projects 2017 2020

Research Output 2014 2018

Open Access
Inlet flow
Secondary flow
Flow structure

Effect of Cusp Size, Depth and Direction on Stress Concentration

Tabriz, M. S. E. & Barrans, S. Apr 2018 In : SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing. 6, 2, p. 88-93 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Stress concentration
Fatigue of materials
Finite element method

Increasing compressor wheel fatigue life through residual stress generation

Barrans, S., Allport, J. & Thompson, A. 26 Apr 2018 (Accepted/In press) Advances in Manufacturing Engineering and Materials. Springer Verlag, (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering)

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

Residual stresses
Fatigue of materials
Compressive stress

Investigation into the impact of span-wise flow distribution on the performance of a mixed flow turbine

Lee, S., Barrans, S., Jupp, M. & Nickson, A. 7 Jan 2018 (Accepted/In press) ASME Turbo Expo 2018: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition GT2018. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

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

Inlet flow
Axial flow

Mechanical design of rotors with surface mounted permanent magnets

Barrans, S. & Mallin, L. 18 May 2018 (Accepted/In press) Electric Machines. IntechOpen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Permanent magnets
Electric machinery
Analytical models