Professor 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

Prizes and awards

The BINDT Annual Conference Award

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  • PG Cert in Advanced Academic Studies, Strathclyde, 2009
  • PhD entitled "An evaluation of 1-3 connectivity compoiste transducers for air-coupled ultrasonic applications", Strathclyde, 1996
  • BSc Electronic and Microprocessor Engineering, Strathclyde, 1985


Towards guided wave robotic NDT inspection : EMAT size matters
Trushkevych Oksana, Dixon Steven, Tabatabaeipour Morteza, Dobie Gordon, Potter Mark D G, MacLeod Charles, Gachagan Anthony, Pierce S Gareth, Edwards Rachel S
2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (2019)
Using coded excitation to maintain signal to noise for FMC+TFM on attenuating materials
Lines David, Mohseni Ehsan, Javadi Yashar, Mineo Carmelo, Wathavana Vithanage Randika Kosala, Qiu Zhen, MacLeod Charles Norman, Pierce Gareth, Gachagan Anthony
2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (2019)
Flexible robotic cell for in-process inspection of multi-pass welds
Lines David I, Javadi Yashar, Mohseni Ehsan, Vasilev Momchil, MacLeod Charles N, Vithanage Randika W, Qiu Zhen, Zimermann Rastislav, Loukas Charalampos, Foster Euan, Pierce S Gareth, Gachagan Anthony
NDT2019, pp. 1-12 (2019)
Ultrasonic phased array inspection of a wire plus arc additive manufactured (WAAM) sample with intentionally embedded defects
Javadi Yashar, MacLeod Charles N, Pierce Stephen G, Gachagan Anthony, Lines David, Mineo Carmelo, Ding Jialuo, Williams Stewart, Vasilev Momchil, Mohseni Ehsan, Su Riliang
Additive Manufacturing (2019)
In-process inspection of multi-pass robotic welding
Javadi Yashar, MacLeod Charles, Lines David, Vasilev Momchil, Mohseni Ehsan, Foster Euan, Qiu Zhen, Vithanage Randika, Zimermann Rastislav, Loukas Charalampos, Pierce Gareth, Gachagan Anthony
‎46th Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation Conference (2019)
Automated pressure tube defect analysis
Zacharis Panagiotis, West Graeme, Wallace Christopher, Dobie Gordon, Gachagan Anthony
2019 Innovation Showcase: Nuclear Asset Management and Industrial Informatics (2019)

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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

IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium
IEEE international ultrasound symposium (IUS) 2019
External Examiner
ANRC International Showcase
IEEE IUS 2018 Invited Talk
Faculty Robotics and Automation Users Group Discussion

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Industrial CASE Account - University of Strathclyde 2018 | Poole, Alastair
Pierce, Gareth (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Poole, Alastair (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023
OGTC Project with SMS Oilfield Ltd
Gachagan, Anthony (Principal Investigator)
£150k project through OGTC, with Prof Mulholland and Dr Nordon as Co-Investigators
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2019
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Lukacs, Peter
Stratoudaki, Theodosia (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Lukacs, Peter (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Zimermann, Rastislav
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Zimermann, Rastislav (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
New Wire Additive Manufacture- NEWAM
Pierce, Gareth (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator)
25-Jan-2018 - 24-Jan-2023
OGTC Robotics Vessel Inspection
Dobie, Gordon (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Yan, Xiu (Co-investigator) Yang, Erfu (Co-investigator)
20-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021

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