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Dr Andrew Pinkerton BEng MBA MPhil PhD CEng MIMechE

Senior Lecturer

Andrew Pinkerton

Engineering Building

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YR

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 593547


Research Interests

Andrew’s main research interest is laser materials processing. He has reseached laser direct metal deposition - the formation of multiple-layer metal parts from blown powder using CO2 or diode lasers for over 10 years. Other projects have also covered pulsed laser drilling through thermal barrier coatings, laser cleaving of glass, maufacture of biocompatible dental inserts and laser welding of dissimilar materials. He specialises in modelling laser processes; initially using analytical techniques but more recently via integrated FE and CFD models.

Beyond lasers, his secondary research interest is thermography and the use of infrared signals for condition monitoring of equpment, in particular rotating machines.

Research Grants

2009    EU FP7 IAPP 230756 ‘Integrated numerical modeling of laser additive processes’ (INLADE) 1/2/09 – 1/2/13, with ESI GmbH. €330k (PI, Coordinator)

2009    ESI GmbH ‘Laser deposition simulation software development’ 1/2/09 – 1/2/14 €137k (PI)

2008/2009      British Council RC PK 35, ‘Efficient recycling of machine waste by laser deposition’ 1/3/08 – 1/9/09, with The College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, NUST, PK. £39k + £16k extension  (PI)

2007    EPSRC grant EP/F01337X/1, Taking Additive Laser Research into Biomedical Applications, 1/10/07 – 30/6/08, with the University of Waterloo, Canada. £67k (PI)

2005    EPSRC grant EP/C00194X/1, A Scientific Base for Laser Net Shaping of Superalloys with Custom Distributed Properties (LASPRO), 1/1/05 – 31/12/07, with Rolls-Royce plc, TWI and the Winbro Group. £424k (Co-I)


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