Professor Paul Blackwell

Professor Of Practice

Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management

Personal statement

I am Director of Knowledge Exchange located within the DMEM Department, University of Strathclyde. I am Chair of the Technical Board of the Advanced Forming Research Centre and as such am reponsible for the delivery of the £1.8m pa core research programme. I am also Principal Investigator for a range of CR&D projects collectively worth about £3m. My background consists of a mixture of industrial and commercial research with particular areas of expertise around metallurgy and manufacturing. 

I have worked in both industrial (Doncasters Forgemasters, Mettis Aerospace) and commercial (QinetiQ) research as well as previously spending time in academia at the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in High Performance Materials at the University of Birmingham. I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2010. 

My research interests focus on the interaction of materials processing conditions, microstructure and final properties. To support this I am a specialist in materials characterisation and work extensively with process modelling. 


Industrial validation of strain in cold roll forming of UHSS
Tsang Kwun Sing, Ion William, Blackwell Paul, English Martin
Procedia Manufacturing Vol 15, pp. 788-795 (2018)
Studies on titanium alloys for aerospace application
Gomez Gallegos Ares Argelia, Mandal Paranjayee, Gonzalez Diego, Zuelli Nicola, Blackwell Paul
Defect and Diffusion Forum Vol 385, pp. 419-423 (2018)
The effect of elasto-plastic properties of materials on their formability by flow forming
Bylya Olga I, Khismatullin Timur, Blackwell Paul, Vasin Rodolf A
Journal of Materials Processing Technology Vol 252, pp. 34-44 (2018)
Modelling and experimentation of the evolution of texture in an Al-Mg alloy during earing cupping test
Tamimi Saeed, Sivaswamy Giribaskar, Violatos Ioannis, Moturu Shanmukha Rao, Rahimi Salah, Blackwell Paul
12th International Conference on Technology of Plasticity, ICTP 2017, pp. 1-6 (2017)
Microstructure and residual stress in Ti-6l-4V parts made by different additive manufacturing techniques
Konkova T N, Rahimi S, Blackwell P L
Strath Wide Researcher Conference 2017 (2017)
Applicability of JMAK-type model for predicting microstructural evolution in nickel-based superalloys
Bylja Olga, Reshetov Aleksey, Stefani Nicola, Rosochowska Malgorzata, Blackwell Paul

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Professional activities

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) (External organisation)
Board for triennial ICSAM COnference (External organisation)
University of Manchester (External organisation)
EPSRC Peer Review College (External organisation)
Journées Technologiques Titane 30 & 31 mai 2017 | Nantes
Invited speaker
MAST: Modelling of advanced materials for simulation of transformative manufacturing processes’
Invited speaker

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Renewable Engine (Interreg VA)
Blackwell, Paul (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jul-2021
Ion, William (Principal Investigator) Ion, William (Principal Investigator) Blackwell, Paul (Co-investigator) Tsang, Kwun Sing (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2014 - 01-Sep-2018
EngD Project in ‘Validation of non-symmetrical product geometry from Finite Element data' | Tsang, Kwun Sing
Ion, William (Principal Investigator) Ion, William (Principal Investigator) Blackwell, Paul (Co-investigator) Tsang, Kwun Sing (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2014 - 01-Sep-2018
Blackwell, Paul (Co-investigator)
Period 31-Oct-2016 - 23-Dec-2016
MARLIN Modular Floating Platform for Offshore Wind : Concept Assessment
Blackwell, Paul (Principal Investigator) Day, Alexander (Co-investigator)
"Project MARLIN will assess and develop a new concept for a modular floating platform system for offshore wind. The project will confirm technical and commercial feasibility of the novel method of construction and deployment of floating structures capable of supporting commercially relevant size wind turbines from ISO standard freight container-sized modules. Current demonstrator concepts in floating offshore wind require infrastructure of the scale unavailable or inaccessible in most of the world. Cost reductions needed to remove barriers to floating offshore adoption will come from development of methods not requiring large infrastructure and use of cost-effective mass manufacturing methods for making the construction modules. The proposed modular approach, with specially designed smaller and lighter building modules that could be towed out to sea for assembly, is significantly technically different from the current concepts and demonstrators. The concept will resolve the issue of prohibitively high cost of construction, logistics, and deployment in floating offshore wind. The main overarching research objective is to design the modules and the full structure, test those out as mathematical and physical models, carry out wave tank and sea conditions testing, and development of the manufacturing method. The project will deliver: design of a low-cost single module building block structure, design of a full modular configurable structure, creating physical and mathematical models, tank tests and sea test of physical models, analysis of manufacturing feasibility including a materials selection study and identification of coastal sites and new markets for adoption of the technology. Two of the University of Strathclyde engineering departments, AFRC and NAOME, will work together with the other members of the consortium. NAOME's role within the consortium is to develop a detailed hydrodynamic simulation model of the semi-submersible concept for two different types of floating modules - a passive one and a dynamic one which can have its buoyancy and orientation altered. Scaled models of the two module concepts under a range of different sea states representative of where the wind turbines will be deployed will be conducted. The results will be measured and analysed and a report provided to the lead partner on the findings from both tests and simulations. AFRC's role is to develop a finite element (FE) model for the initial and refined modules, to determine their suitability in terms of structural strength performance under different load cases. Once the best configuration for the module has been determined, the AFRC will develop a FE model for two different configurations of the final structural assembly made with the selected module and simulate the performance of the overall structures. A report will be provided, summarising the findings. Due to the complexity of the project, the geographical spread of the partners and the close collaborative nature of the project, AFRC will also support Frontier Technical in the management of the project."
Period 01-Feb-2017 - 31-Oct-2017
Blackwell, Paul (Principal Investigator)
Period 19-Sep-2016 - 30-Sep-2016

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