After completing his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, Tim spent a number of years working for the engineering consultancy firm Atkins, supporting their Infrastructure division as a design engineer. He returned to the department and joined the Dynamics Research Group as a post-graduate student in October 2016. Tim is also affiliated with the Industrial Doctoral Centre in Machining Science, where he is working towards the research qualification of Engineering Doctorate (EngD).
Tim’s current research, in collaboration with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and metrology software products ltd., concerns the drift of geometric performance in machine tools throughout their operable life and between calibration cycles. He is exploring the use of machine learning paradigms to build intelligent monitoring models for this purpose. Potential benefits from this research include reduced frequency calibration cycles for higher manufacturing productivity, as well as an insight into the relationships between health parameters, which collectively determine the geometric error characteristics of the finished workpiece.