Dr David Curtis
Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)
Research and Technology Manager
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Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)
Factory of the Future, Advanced Manufacturing Park
Wallis Way, Catcliffe
In 2005, David completed a MEng in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, UK, which included aI Year in Industry placement. Upon completion he remained in Birmingham and studied for a PhD funded by EPSRC, Rolls-Royce and other industrial partners. His research concerned the application of point grinding technology for the production of aeroengine disc features.
David is currently Research and Technology Manager within the AMRC Machining Group. Since joining in 2009, he has progressed from a Project Engineer through to Technical Fellow in key functions. He has led or played a key role in the development of independent research areas including: Abrasive Machining; Emerging Machining Technology; Machining Science; Aerofoil and Gear Manufacturing Technology. He also leads activity within the AMRC on the machining of Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) materials, focusing on translational research which takes Machining Science fundamentals into an industrial context.
David has an extensive applied research portfolio centred around Aeroengine, Aerostructure and Transmission commodities. His work applies current technology for immediate exploitation and works towards developing fundamental capability into exploitable outputs across UK manufacturers. He is also the AMRC Co-Director for the EPSRC CDT in Machining Science (IDC in Machining Science).
- Research interests
David’s research interests include: Machining Science; Material Integrity; Process Performance; Fixed Abrasive Processes, Micro Machining, Ultrasonic Assessed Processes; Machining of Additively Manufactured Materials; Advanced Materials; Machining of Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) Materials.
- Productivity enhancement of aircraft turbine disk using a two-step strategy based on tool-path planning and NC-code optimization. Metals, 12(4).
- An alternative wheel regenerative mechanism in surface grinding: distributed grit dullness captured by specific energy waves. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 162, 107964-107964.
- Machining cycle time prediction : data-driven modelling of machine tool feedrate behavior with neural networks. Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, 75. View this article in WRRO
- Chip formation and wear mechanisms of SiAlON and whisker-reinforced ceramics when turning Inconel 718. Wear, 486-487.
- Editorial for the special issue on Machining Science. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 235(10), 1531-1532.
- Machining Digital Twin using real-time model-based simulations and lookahead function for closed loop machining control. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology.
- An investigation of additively manufactured coolant nozzles for cylindrical grinding applications and progression to high stock removal. Procedia CIRP, 101, 162-165.
- Impact of grinding wheel specification on surface integrity and residual stress when grinding Inconel 718. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture.
- Protocol for tool wear measurement in micro-milling. Wear, 420-421, 54-67. View this article in WRRO
- An Experimental Study of the Effects of Dressing Parameters on the Topography of Grinding Wheels during Roller Dressing. Journal of Manufacturing Processes, 31, 348-355. View this article in WRRO
- Electrochemical superabrasive machining of a nickel-based aeroengine alloy using mounted grinding points. CIRP Annals, 58(1), 173-176.
- Profiled Superabrasive Grinding Wheels for the Machining of a Nickel Based Superalloy. CIRP Annals, 56(1), 335-338.
- Work holding assessment of an UV adhesive and fixture design method. The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. View this article in WRRO
- Applying Experimental Micro-tool wear Measurement techniques to Industrial Environments. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture.
- Increased shielding of a Direct Energy Deposition process to enable deposition of reactive materials; an investigation into deposition of 15-5 PH Stainless Steel, Inconel 718 and Ti-6Al-4V.. CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology.
Conference proceedings papers
- An investigation of additively manufactured coolant nozzles for cylindrical grinding applications and progression to high stock removal. Procedia CIRP
- Tool Coatings and their Influence on the Length of Steady-State Wear Region for Micro End Mills. Extended Abstracts from the 2019 STLE Tribology Frontiers Conference. Chicago, IL, USA, 21 October 2019 - 23 October 2019.
- An analytical study of wheel regeneration in surface grinding. Procedia CIRP, Vol. 82 (pp 214-219). Sheffield, UK, 13 June 2019 - 14 June 2019. View this article in WRRO
- The Application of Wire Electrical Discharge Machining (WEDM) in the Prototyping of Miniature Brass Gears. Procedia CIRP, Vol. 77 (pp 642-645), 25 June 2018 - 27 June 2018. View this article in WRRO
- The Influence of Abrasive Grit Morphology on Wheel Topography and Grinding Performance. Procedia CIRP, Vol. 77 (pp 239-242), 25 June 2018 - 27 June 2018. View this article in WRRO
- Evaluation of Workpiece Surface Integrity Following Point Grinding of Advanced Titanium and Nickel Based Alloys. Procedia CIRP, Vol. 45 (pp 47-50)
- Production of complex mounting slots in turbine disks using novel machining techniques. 3rd CIRP conference on high performance cutting
- Performance of electroplated cbn grinding points machining udimet 720. 10th International Symposium on Advanced Abrasive Technology (ISAAT)
- In-process electro discharge dressing (IEDD) of metal bonded superabrasive grinding wheels. Proceedings of the 15th International Symposium on Electromachining, ISEM 2007 (pp 591-596)
- An investigation into the challenges of the point grinding machining process. Procedia CIRP
- A method of securing a workpiece for a machining operation and a mould assembly for such a workpiece. EP3456465A3 Appl. 01 Jan 1970.
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