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Dr Peter Olley

Dr Peter Olley

  • Title: Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
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  • Room No. Chesham C2.27


Graduated with BSc (Hons) Physics (Nottingham 1986) and worked at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Risley, developing acoustic and ultrasonic monitoring techniques for nuclear reactors (1986-89). This was followed a PhD in Artificial Intelligence applied to mechanical diagnostics and repair (Bradford 1993). After the PhD came postdoctoral research in Electrical Engineering solving Maxwell's equations (FDTD method) to calculate energy deposition in humans due to mobile phone use.
Joined Mechanical Engineering at Bradford as a lecturer in 1994, originally specialising in fluid mechanics and CFD but since extended to engines, instrumentation and numerical methods. Currently Head of Discipline for Mechanical and Automotive Engineering.
Current research interests include engine and combustion simulation, constitutive model development for flows of polymer melts, finite element methods for solution of highly non-linear time-integral constitutive models and simulation of 2-phase flows, and finite element methods for large strain solid deformation.
Current teaching is Fluid Mechanics 1, Medical Instrumentation & Imaging, Engine & Powertrain and Computer Applications of Numerical Methods.


Refereed Journals

H. Ghomashi, P. Olley, B. Mason and M.K. Ebrahimi, Simulating the influence of injection timing, premixed ratio, and inlet temperature on natural gas/diesel dual-fuel HCCI combustion in a diesel engine, accepted for publication in Int. J. Powertrains, 2015 Vol.4, No 1, pp36-52; DOI: 10.1504/lJPT.2015.067457

(Patent application): T. Saneecharaun, P. Olley, D. Thompson, Electro-pneumatic converter with balanced flapper (PCT/GB14/52855, filed on Sept. 14th 2014)

P. Olley, L. Mulvaney-Johnson, and P.D. Coates, Simulation of the gas-assisted injection moulding process using a viscoelastic extension to the
Cross-WLF viscosity model. Proc. IMechE: Part E: Journal of Process Engineering, (2011) 225 ,239-253, DOI: 10.1177/095440891409134

P. Olley and J. Sweeney, A co-rotational multi process Eyring model for large strain plastic deformation, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 119 (2011), 2246-226, DOI 10.1002/app.32951 0

P. Olley, J. Archer, D. Copley, P. Core, and A. Mincher, Analysis and design of a centrifugal filter geometry for entrained particle separation, Journal of Aerosol Science, 41 (2010), 848-858, DOI:10.1016/j.jaerosci.2010.05.004

Z. Shah, H.A. Malik, F. Campean, W.J. Seale, P. Olley, Use of transfer functions to investigate the Robustness of an in-tank fuel delivery system, SAE Reliability and Robust design in Automotive Engineering (2008, SP 2170), p.555-562, ISSN 1533-5204

P. Olley, M.H. Wagner, A modification of the convective constraint release mechanism in the molecular stress function model giving enhanced vortex growth, Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, 135 (2006), 68-81, doi:10.1016/j.jnnfm.2006.01.002

P. Olley, L. Mulvaney-Johnson, P.D. Coates; Non-isothermal experimental and simulation study of residual wall thickness in gas assisted injection moulding, , Plastics, Rubbers and Composites, vol. 35 No. 2, 47-58 (2006), doi:10.1179/174328906X79969

P. Olley, A Cauchy-stress based solution for a necking elastic constitutive model under large deformation, International Journal of Numerical Methods in Engineering., 65 (2006), 1068-1087, doi:10.1002/nme.1473

P. Olley , A study of the quadratic molecular stress function constitutive model in simulation, Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, 125 (2005), 171-183 , doi:10.1016/j.jnnfm.2004.11.005

P. Olley; An adaptation of the Separable KBKZ equation for comparable response in planar and uniaxial flow., Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, vol. 95, 35-53, (2000)

L. Johnson, P. Olley, P.D. Coates, Gas assisted injection moulding - Finite element modelling and experimental validation, , Plastics, Rubbers and Composites, vol. 29 No. 1, 31-37 (2000)

E.C. Brown, P. Olley, P.D. Coates, In-line melt temperature measurement during real time ultrasonic monitoring of single screw extrusion, Plastics, Rubbers and Composites, vol. 29 No. 1, 3-13 (2000)

Brown E.C., Collins T.L.D., Dawson A.J., Olley P., and Coates P.D., Ultrasound: a virtual instrument approach for monitoring of polymer melt variables, J.Reinf. Plast. Comp., vol. 18, no. 4, 331-338 (1999)

P. Olley, R. Spares, and P.D. Coates, 'A method for implementing time-integral constitutive equations in commercial CFD packages', Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, vol.86 no.3, 337-357, (1999)

P. Olley and A.K. Kochhar, 'Self supervised learning for an operational knowledge based system', Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems, vol.11 no.4, 297-308 (1998)

P. Olley and P.D. Coates, 'An approximation to the KBKZ constitutive equation', Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, vol.69, 239-254, (1997)

P.S. Excell, P. Olley, N.N. Jackson, 'Modelling of an arbitrarily-oriented mobile telephone handset in the finite difference time domain field computation method', Applied computational electromagnetics society journal, vol.11 no.2, 55-65, (1996)
ISSN 1054-4887

P. Olley, A.K. Kochhar, 'Case simulation to assess learning systems', Engineering applications of artificial intelligence, vol.9 no.3, 285-300, (1996)

P. Olley and A.K. Kochhar, 'Repair learning for knowledge based systems', Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, vol. 209, 287-294, (1995)

I. D. Macleod, R. Rowley, M. J. Beesley and P. Olley, Acoustic monitoring techniques for structural integrity, Nuclear Engineering and Design, 129, Issue 2, 2 August 1991, Pages 191-200

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