FUSE researchers /


Haaris Azhar

I am in my first year of the FUSE-CDT programme and I am excited to have started my training in ultrasonics. I look forward to gaining experience in the field, especially relating to NDT and ultrasound’s applications in the aerospace, automotive, naval, and oil & gas industries. I gained my Masters degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Strathclyde in 2019 with a 2:1, completing my final year abroad in the city of Bologna Italy. I have worked extensively with SCADA and HMI systems, along with industrial automation software.

Matthew Dowhan

My name is Matthew, and I am a PhD student with FUSE. I have a master’s degree in Biofluid mechanics from the university of Strathclyde and a background in physics, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), piezoelectric materials and deposition systems. My masters project involved designing, meshing and simulating a simplified aortic valve in order to measure the jet velocity and pressure flowing through the valve at different stages of closure to functionally mimic stenosis. This was done by utilizing a variety of software including ANSA and ANSYS Fluent. My current area of interest is in cardiac imaging through ultrasound and smart stent technology. My focus in my FUSE future is on smart stent technology, either in helping add or create an affordable biological stent, or in a stent capable of monitoring the dynamics within its vessel.

Emily Kerr

Hi, I’m Emily and I am currently in my first year of FUSE CDT program. I graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a Masters degree in Product Design Engineering. My masters project focused on redesigning a safety mechanism for equine Eventing to create a smart system to prevent rotational falls. Throughout my time at university, I have spent three consecutive years interning with Eaton Aerospace where I was able to apply my university knowledge on exciting projects and help with testing and validation of engine fuel pumps. Out of university I am a STEM ambassador and a member of WES (Women in Engineering Society) – a charity which promotes and supports women in STEM. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge and experience in ultrasonic engineering and learning about the latest technological developments in the field of ultrasonics. I currently have a keen interest in the industrial side of ultrasonics, but I am also keeping my mind open for the project topics.

Louise MacDonald

My name is Louise Macdonald, and I am a first year FUSE PhD student. I graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2019 with a BSc (Hons) in physics and achieved distinction in my MSc in Nuclear Technology at the University of Glasgow in 2020. My project for my undergraduate degree was using laser plasma Wakefield acceleration to see if it was feasible to produce Lead-212 from a Radium-226 source and my MSc project was on evaluating the neutron dose from proton therapy using Bonner spheres.  I am interested in the medical applications of ultrasound and would be interested in doing either a PhD or an EngD.

Darya Shulakova

Ultrasonic Drilling and Tunnelling Robot

Traditional drilling and penetration technologies involve mechanical, pneumatic, or hydraulic mechanisms, which utilise large forces and are power hungry. These technologies are large and often cause damage to the surrounding environment. Ultrasound drilling technology has shown to be a promising alternative: it is more compact, less power consuming and produces less damage to its surroundings. Therefore, they can be more easily integrated into robotic systems for use in remote applications and extreme environments.

In ultrasonic drilling, waves are emitted from a transducer at frequencies above 20kHz. The waves then propagate to an amplifying horn, which subsequently produces vibrations into the surrounding material such as soil. This then enables the drill to proceed further into the soil. Studies have proven that ultrasonic drilling can reduce the forces and torques required during drilling by 30%, which consequently reduces power consumption.

The aim of my project is to miniaturise the ultrasonic drill for use in robotic tunneling applications. The project will involve optimization of the horn design using Solidworks, simulation of the design in Abaqus and field testing to study its effectiveness in different materials resembling the environment in which the drill is to be applied.