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Academic Biography

David is an Enterprise Fellow within the Department of Engineering and has wored at the University since 2013. Prior to joining Teesside University David worked as a design and development technician in the polymer industry winning the Society of Polymer Engineers national award in 2008. David works closely with local trusts and industries.

Summary of Research Interests

  • Polymer Processing - Injection molding and polymeric materials
  • Thermoplastic Composites - Commodity thermoplastic composites for mass manufacture
  • Composite Design - Specifically digital manufacture for optimised performance and waste reduction
  • High Temperature Functional Materials - Including sensitive materials and composite coatings (Geopolymers)
  • Bio-Mechanics - Particularly the Glenohumeral joint (Human Shoulder)

PhD and Research Opportunities

I have a number of projects related to circular economy and materials development, particulalrly focusing on Geopolymers and polymer processing.
We have a relationship with Siemens working with the package FiberSim for composite design and manufacture. We have developing research interests around waste reduction and efficiency using these tools.

Enterprise Interest and Activities

David is involved in a number of enterprise activities focused around materials technology. He is currently running a KTP project and other funded streams of work.

The focus of his industrial work is around the development and processing of material solutions, this includes polymers and polymer processing, composite material development and materials testing and characterisation. He has specific interests around waste management and reduction in processing.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Pedagogical research and development interests in the following two areas:

  1. Overcoming the challenges of large and diverse classes using digital tools.
  2. Developing the skills required for the digital industrial revolution.

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KTP - Mersen UK Teesside Ltd

Hughes, D., Nabhani, F., Zeng, Y. & Angione, C.


Project: Other

KTP -Nymas

Reid, P., Ramegowda, M., Hughes, D. & Martin, D.


Project: Other

KTP - Scot Bros

Hughes, D., Sargent, P. & Vukovic, V.


Project: Other

Research Output

Lightweighting of Wishbone Finite Element Analysis

Wang, S., Chong, P. L. & Hughes, D., 11 Feb 2020, In : Engineering Transactions. 68, 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 19 Downloads (Pure)
  • 3D printing of intricate sand cores for complex copper castings

    Hughes, D., Sutherland, L. & Amalu, E., 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • A Comparison Between Tuyere Core Types – Cooling Efficiency and Manufacturability

    Sutherland, L. & Hughes, D., 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    Open Access
  • 147 Downloads (Pure)

    Effect of Relative Density on Compressive Load Response of Crumpled Aluminium Foil Mesh

    Hughes, D., Amalu, E., Pak, T. & Kennedy, R., 3 Dec 2019, In : Materials. 12, 23, 17 p., 4018.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 90 Downloads (Pure)


    Lightweighting of Wishbone Finite Element Analysis

    Shuxian, W. (Contributor), Chong, P. L. (Contributor) & Hughes, D. (Contributor), Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, 1 Jan 2020



    Design and validation of a glenohumeral force assessment medium

    Author: Hughes, D., 7 Mar 2014

    Supervisor: Nabhani, F. (Supervisor) & Hodgson, S. N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis