Dr James Meredith

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Lecturer

University of Sheffield

Mechanical Engineering

Garden Street

Tel:  +44 (0) 114 222 7809

Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 7890

Email:  j.meredith@sheffield.ac.uk  


Profile

James Meredith is a lecturer in composites in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on the manufacture and experimental characterisation of composite materials with a view to sustainability, cost and performance at environmental extremes. His published research on sustainable materials such as natural fibre and recycled carbon fibre composites led to these materials being showcased on the Lola/Drayson racing Le Mans Prototype that broke the sub 1000 kg electric vehicle land speed record in 2013.

James is interested in the development of novel manufacturing processes and experimental characterisation of composites via optical, thermal and X-ray techniques including synchrotron tomography and diffraction. His current funded projects include understanding the low temperature performance of carbon fibre composites in lighter than air (hybrid airship) vehicles, automation of composites manufacture and use of recycled composites for domestic applications. He has a particular interest in high strain rate behaviour of composites from crash velocities through machining (intermediate) to blast and impact protection (high).

He lectures in engineering design and advanced composite materials.

Research Areas

James's research focuses on materials innovation, manufacturing strategy and quality systems across the medical, automotive and aerospace industries. His published research on sustainable materials such as natural fibre and recycled carbon fibre composite led to these materials being showcased on the Lola/Drayson racing Le Mans Prototype that broke the sub 1000 kg electric vehicle land speed record in 2013.  James also has an interest in multi-functional materials such as wire in composite and in composite cost reduction through process innovation.

James applies his industrial experience in manufacturing and quality (lean and six sigma) to the healthcare and automotive industries. He recently supervised a KTP with Nissan which highlighted the critical requirements for successful niche vehicle manufacturing in the UK. He now works with the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (HSSMI) and Ford on a strategy for high volume manufacturing of future automotive powertrains. He lectures in automotive engineering and composite materials.

Research students

Mr Mussawar Ahmad (PhD co-supervisor Prof. Robert Harrison – WMG)
High volume powerpack manufacture – CASE award sponsored by Ford (HSSMI)

Mr Paul Minehane (EngD co-supervisor Dr Kerry Kirwan – WMG)
Low Environmental Impact Sustainable Materials For Use In Automotive Electrical Distribution Systems, Sponsored by Tata Motors

Mr Dominik Jasinski (EngD co-supervisor Dr Kerry Kirwan – WMG)
Delivering profit through sustainability – a new paradigm, sponsored by JLR

Mr Mohammed Elbadawi (PhD)
High strength synthetic bone via extrusion of ceramics

Mr Sam Ashworth (PhD co-supervisor Kevin Kerrigan – AMRC)
Performance assessment of machined composites via novel metrics for surface quality – sponsored by OSG

Books

  • Grove A & Meredith J (2012) "A review of quality improvement in health care and recommendations for the future" in The Innovation Imperative in Health Care Organisations: Critical Role of Human Resource Management in the Cost, Quality and Productivity Equation. Edward Elgar.

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