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PhD, Mechanics of Solids and Structures, Brown University, Rhode Island, USA (PhD awarded, 1992). Thesis title: Studies in Brittle and Ductile Fracture.
Chartered Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Research is in the area of composite materials, Ni-base alloys and austenitic/ferritic steels for structural applications, particularly at high temperature, fracture mechanics, residual stress measurement and micromechanics, including fracture mechanics testing. I teach on the Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering. Modules: Non-linear finite element analysis; Fracture Mechanics. I am currently working with ESB, Electric Ireland and MCS Kenny, on a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) project related to power plant efficiency and integrity of welded offshore pipelines.
Micromechanical finite element modelling of thermo-mechanical fatigue for P91 steels Li, Dong-Feng; Barrett, Richard A.; O'Donoghue, Padraic E.; Hyde, CJ; O'Dowd, NP; Leen, SB International Journal of Fatigue, Volume: 87 Pages: 192-202, 2016, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2015.11.025 Microscale deformation of a tempered martensite ferritic steel: Modelling and experimental study of grain and sub-grain interactions, Golden, Brian J.; Li, Dong-Feng; Guo, Yina; Tiernan, P; Leen, SB; O'Dowd, NP, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Volume: 86 Pages: 42-52, 2016 DOI: 10.1016/j.jmps.2015.09.015 Qualification of Reeled Mechanically Lined Pipes for Fatigue Service Pepin, Aurelien; Tkaczyk, Tomasz; O'Dowd, Noel; Nikbin, K, International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering, Volume: 26 Issue: 3 Pages: 296-303, 2016, DOI: 10.17736/ijope.2016.bn09 Creep relaxation in the presence of residual stress, Nezhad, H. Yazdani; O'Dowd, N. P. Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Volume: 138 Pages: 250-264, 2015, DOI: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2015.03.037 Fracture mechanics analysis of heterogeneous welds: Numerical case studies involving experimental heterogeneity patterns, Hertele, Stijn; O'Dowd, Noel; Van Minnebruggen, Koen; et al., Engineering Failure Analysis, Volume: 58 Pages: 336-350, 2015, DOI: 10.1016/j.engfailanal.2015.07.007