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Prof Anthony Gachagan

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

Prof Gachagan has been Director of the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering (CUE) since October 2010. This research Centre comprises approximately 55 staff and students and has a current funding portfolio of in excess of £5M. Prof Gachagan has line management responsibilities for all CUE personnel, reporting directly to the Departmental Head of Department. Interestingly, the research portfolio within CUE is diverse, with Electronic and Mechanical Engineers, Physicists, Mathematicians, Polymer Scientists and Biologists involved in the research teams. The research portfolio of the Centre has expanded in recent years, with robotics, metrology, bioacoustics and high power ultrasound building on the traditional fields of NDE and Sonar. Prof Gachagan has been directly involved in all of these areas and it is his interest in a broad, diverse range of scientific and engineering topics coupled with his strategic leadership that has seen CUE strengthen in terms of international profile, industrial engagement and funding profile.

Prof Gachagan is the Academic Chair and a member of the Management Board of RCNDE. He is also a member of both the Technical and Scottish Branch Committees of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT). Within Strathclyde, he is the Deputy Head of Department for EEE, EEE Research Director and sits on the departmental Departmental Strategy Advisory Group and Departmental Executive Team.



Has expertise in:

    • Ultrasonic transducer and transducer array design
    • Application of ultrasonic monitoring techniques to NDE, Sonar, Industrial Process Control
    • Design of bespoke high power ultrasound reactors
    • Application of high power ultrasound in Sonochemistry
    • Array signal processing
    • Air-coupled NDE
    • Robotics and Automation


Application of the factorisation method to limited aperture ultrasonic phased array data
Tant Katherine M. M., Mulholland Anthony J., Gachagan Anthony
Acta Acustica United with Acustica Vol 103, pp. 954-966, (2017)
Design of a 2D sparse array transducer for integration into an ergonomic transcranial ultrasound system
Li Xiaotong, Gachagan Anthony, Dziewierz Jerzy, O'Leary Richard, Murray Paul
2017 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2017, (2017)
Calibration of ultrasonic phased arrays for industrial applications
Ingram M., Gachagan A., Mulholland A. J., Nordon A., Dziewierz J., Hegarty M., Becker E.
IEEE SENSORS 2017, (2017)
In-situ ultrasonic imaging of dynamic process streams : system calibration and image processing
Ingram Marcus, Nordon Alison, Gachagan Anthony, Mulholland Anthony, Mineo Carmelo, Becker Edo
SciX Conference 2017, (2017)
Automated sizing and classification of defects in CANDU pressure tubes
Lardner Timothy, West Graeme, Dobie Gordon, Gachagan Anthony
Nuclear Engineering and Design, (2017)
Data-driven analysis of ultrasonic pressure tube inspection data
Zacharis P., West G. M., Dobie G., Lardner T., Gachagan A.
10th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control and Human Machine Interface Technologies, (2017)

more publications


Prof Gachagan is involved with the delivery of Analogue Electronics modules to 3rd (EE315) and 4th (EE468) year EEE/CES/EME students. These modules focus on amplifier design using transistors and cover amplifier design, biaising considerations, frequency response and noise characteristics. In addition, he delivers a Project Management module (EE318) to 3rd year EEE/CES students.

Research interests

Prof Anthony Gachagan's specific research interests encompass ultrasonic transducers and arrays, power ultrasound, robotics and automation, industrial process control, bioacoustics, thermosonics and the application of coded excitation techniques. His research activities involve both national and international collaboration with academia and industry. His research activities encompass the following thematic sectors:

  • Non-Destructive Evaluation and Condition Monitoring
  • Sensors for Process Control
  • Health Technologies
  • Process Intensification
  • Pressure Field Mapping
  • Ultrasonic Transduction

Professional activities

BINDT (External organisation)
Joined-Up Approach Seminar
PhD Viva for Ignacio Maria Garcia De Carellan Esteban-Infantes
External Examiner
Social Mobility Foundation
Visiting lecturer
Joined-Up Approach Seminar
NDA Research Seminar

more professional activities


Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Morrison, Laura
O'Leary, Richard (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Morrison, Laura (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 01-Apr-2021
Pierce, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Ion, William (Co-investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator) Mineo, Carmelo (Co-investigator) Ridgway, Keith (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2017 - 30-Jun-2019
OAAM - Open Architecture Additive Manufacturing (TWI _ATI Route WELDON WP 2.2.4)
Pierce, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2018 - 31-Dec-2020
Autonomous WAAM_NDE
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator) Pierce, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator)
Autonomous WAAM_NDE
Period 01-Nov-2016 - 31-Mar-2017
Dobie, Gordon (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator)
Period 01-May-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
Prosperity Partnership: Delivering Enhanced Through-Life Nuclear Asset Management
McArthur, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Dobie, Gordon (Co-investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Hamilton, Andrea (Co-investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Michie, Walter (Co-investigator) Pierce, Stephen (Co-investigator) Renshaw, Joanna (Co-investigator) West, Graeme (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2017 - 31-Aug-2022

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