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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 2003 2020

Evaluation of modelling parameters for computing flow-induced noise in a small high-speed centrifugal compressor

Sharma, S., García-Tíscar, J., Allport, J., Barrans, S. & Nickson, K., 10 Jan 2020, In : Aerospace Science and Technology. 98, 15 p., 105697.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Centrifugal compressors
Open Access
Inlet flow
Secondary flow
Flow structure
Open Access
Centrifugal compressors
Acoustic emissions
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
Finite element method
Flow velocity
Velocity measurement

Increasing compressor wheel fatigue life through residual stress generation

Barrans, S., Allport, J. & Thompson, A., 1 Jan 2019, Advances in Manufacturing Engineering and Materials: Proceedings of the International Conference on Manufacturing Engineering and Materials (ICMEM 2018). Hloch, S., Klichová, D., Krolczyk, G. M., Chattopadhyaya, S. & Ruppenthalová, L. (eds.). Springer Verlag, p. 375-385 11 p. (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering).

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

Residual stresses
Fatigue of materials
Compressive stress