Profile

Prof Iain Steel
Title: Professor
First Name: John A
Surname: Steel
Position: Head of the School of Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 262400
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ORCID: ORCID Icon http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9311-6413

Head of School of Engineering at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen since 2007. Previously Head of Mechanical Engineering at Heriot Watt University. Experience includes leading research funded by EPSRC and various EU programmes. Working with Industry including Nissan, ManB&W, Stork Engineering and Shell. Fellow of Energy Institute (FEI). CEng and member of the local Branch committee of EI. Have been member of committees at NSRI, OGIC and ETP.

Duties and Responsibilities

Head of School of Engineering

Academic Background

BSc MSc PhD CEng FEI FHEA

Research Interests

Research since 1985 started in Structural Vibration in buildings, cars, aircraft structures and ships. This developed into applications of novel Acoustic Emission (AE) sensors and sensor systems for machine monitoring and then applications in machine operation, management and monitoring. Most recent research includes Identification of sand particles using AE, chemical bond quality using AE and optimisation of offshore wind turbine monitoring, maintenance and operation.

Current Research

Most recent research includes Identification of sand particles using AE, chemical bond quality using AE and optimisation of offshore wind turbine monitoring, maintenance and operation.

Funding

Experience includes leading research funded by EPSRC and various EU programmes. Working with Industry including Nissan, ManB&W, Stork Engineering and Shell.

Professional Memberships

FEI CEng FHEA

External / Professional Roles

Membership of committes/boards of EI, OGIC, ETP

Publications

N. H. Faisal, J. A. Steel, R. Ahmed, R. L. Reuben, G. Heaton (2006) Industrial application of acoustic emission for process monitoring during HVOF thermal spraying . Advanced Materials Research (Vol. 13-14, 2006, pp. 291-297)

N. A.Thakkar, J. A. Steel, R. L. Reuben, G. Knabe, D. Dixon, R. L. Shanks (2006) Monitoring of Rail-Wheel Interaction Using Acoustic Emission (AE). Advanced Materials Research (Vol. 13-14, 2006, pp. 161-166)

M. Shehadeh, J.A. Steel and R.L. Reuben  (2006) Acoustic Emission source location for steel pipe and pipeline applications: the rôle of arrival time estimation Proc. IMechE, Part E, Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering. 220(E2), 2006, 212-133 Awarded the 2006 PE Publishing Award

R M Douglas, J A Steel and R L Reuben. (2006) A study of the tribological behaviour of piston ring/cylinder liner interaction in diesel engines using acoustic emission. Tribology International , 39(12) 2006 pp1634-1642.

P Nivesrangsan, J A Steel and R L Reuben (2007) AE mapping of engines for spatially-located time series Part II: Spatial Reconstitution.  Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing. 21(2), 2007, pp1084–1102, ISSN 0888 3270 .

P Nivesrangsan, J A Steel and R L Reuben (2007) Source location of AE in Diesel Engines.  Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing. 21(2), 2007, pp 1103-1114, ISSN 0888 3270 Dec 05.

MF Shehadeh, W Abdou, JA Steel and RL Reuben (2008) Aspects of acoustic emission attenuation in Proc. IMechE, Pert E, Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering. 222(E1), 2008  pp. 41-54

N.H. Faisal, J.A. Steel, R. Ahmed, and R.L. Reuben (2009) The Use of Acoustic Emission to Characterize Fracture Behavior During Vickers Indentation of HVOF Thermally Sprayed WC-Co Coatings. Journal of Thermal Spray Technology 18(4) 525

Thakkar, N., A., Reuben, R., L. & Steel, J., A. (2010) “Rail-Wheel Interaction Monitoring Using Acoustic Emission: A Laboratory Study of Normal Rolling Signals With Natural Rail Defects”, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 24(1), 2010, pp. 256-266.

Andrawus JA, Sun M, Steel JA (2011). A platform for analysis: Decision-making process for decommissioning offshore installations. Institute of Asset Management Journal, May 2011, 14-15

N A Thakkar, J A Steel, and R L Reuben (2012) Rail–wheel contact stress assessment using acoustic emission: a laboratory study of the effects of wheel flats in Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit Volume 226 Issue 1, January 2012

Yashwant Sinha, John A. Steel, Jesse A. Andrawus and Karen Gibson. A SMART Software Package for Maintenance Optimisation of Offshore Wind Turbines WIND ENGINEERING VOLUME 37, NO. 6, 2013 PP 569-577

Nirav A Thakkar John A Steel Robert L Reuben A laboratory study of rail-wheel interaction monitoring using acoustic emission: Effect of rolling conditions with and without lateral rattling. Journal of Rail and rapid Transit Volume 227 (2) 2013 http://pif.sagepub.com/content/227/2/161.short  winner of the SAGE Best Paper Prize in 2013 

Yashwant Sinha, John A. Steel, O’Shea T. Significance of Effect of Lubrication in Mitigating system failures – A Wind Turbine Gearbox Case Study. WIND ENGINEERING VOLUME 38, NO. 4, 2014 PP 441-449

N. H. Faisal, R. Ahmed, A. K. Prathuru, S. Spence, M. Hussain, J. A. Steel, (2014) An improved Vickers indentation fracture toughness model to assess the quality of thermally sprayed coatings, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 128, 2014, p. 189–204 (doi:10.1016/j.engfracmech.2014.07.015)

Sinha Y, Steel JA. (2015) A progressive study into Offshore Wind Farm Maintenance Optimisation using Risk Based Failure Analysis" Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews. 42 (2015) 735–742. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2014.10.087

Sinha Y, Steel J A. (2015) Failure Prognostic schemes and database design of a software tool for efficient management of wind turbine maintenance, Wind Engineering, vol. 39(4),  453-477

Anil K. Prathuru, Nadimul H. Faisal, Sha Jihan, John A. Steel & James. Njuguna (2016): Stress analysis at the interface of metal-to-metal adhesively bonded joints subjected to 4-point bending: finite element method, The Journal of Adhesion, 11, 855-878. doi:10.1080/00218464.2016.1172309.

Droubi G, Faisal N, Steel J A, Njuguna J. (2017) Acoustic emission method for defect detection and identification in steel welded joints. Article reference: JCSR4795 , Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 134 28–37 DOI information: 10.1016/j.jcsr.2017.03.012

N. H. Faisal, M. G. Droubi, J. A. Steel (2017) Corrosion monitoring of offshore structures using acoustic emission sensors. 139, 14-16 September/October 2017, Corrosion Management, Journal of the Institute of Corrosion

M. G. Droubi, R. L. Reuben and J. A. Steel. (2018) Flow noise identification using acoustic emission (AE) energy decomposition for sand monitoring in flow pipeline. Applied Acoustics, Feb 2018,131, p5-15.