Professor Anthony Gachagan

Head Of Department

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.


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Area of Expertise

  • 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

Prize And Awards

The BINDT Annual Conference Award

More prizes and awards


  • 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
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Robotic ultrasonic inspection of large and complex structural assets
Gilmour Adam, Tabatabaeipour Morteza, McMillan Ross, Tzaferis Konstantinos, Hampson Rory, Jackson William, Zhang Dayi, Lawley Alistair, Mohamed Aasim, MacLeod Charles, Gachagan Anthony, Pierce Stephen G, Dobie Gordon
Structural Health Monitoring 2023 14th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, pp. 2143-2150 (2023)
Data fusion for multi-modal in-process non-destructive evaluation of Wire + Arc Additive Manufacturing
Mohseni Ehsan, McKnight Shaun, Tunukovic Vedran, Zimermann Rastislav, Pyle Richard, Rizwan Muhammad Khalid, MacLeod Charles Norman, Wathavana Vithanage Randika Kosala, Loukas Charalampos, Javadi Yashar, Pierce Gareth, Gachagan Anthony, Ding Jialuo, Williams Stewart, O'Hare Tom
IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium 2023 (2023)
Thermal compensation of ultrasonic transmit and receive data for steel welded plates at the point of manufacture
Foster Euan A, Sweeney Nina E, Nicolson Ewan, Singh Jonathan, Rizwan Muhammad K, Lines David, Pierce Gareth, Mohseni Ehsan, Gachagan Anthony, Tant Katherine MM, MacLeod Charles N
NDT and E International Vol 137 (2023)
Flexible and automated robotic multi-pass arc welding
Loukas Charalampos, Warner Veronica, Jones Richard, MacLeod Charles Norman, Dobie Gordon, Sibson Jim, Pierce Gareth, Gachagan Anthony
Intelligent Welding Symposium (2023)
A novel procedure for the ultrasonic inspection of wind turbine bolted connections
Mills Brandon, Javadi Yashar, Lotfian Saeid, Abad Farhad, MacLeod Charles Norman, Lines David, Brennan Feargal, Pierce Gareth, Mehmanparast Ali, Gachagan Anthony
Supergen ORE Annual Assembly (2023)
Automated multi-modal in-process non-destructive evaluation of wire + arc additive manufacturing
Mohseni Ehsan, MacLeod Charles N, Pierce S Gareth, Vithanage Randika K W, Zimermann Rastislav, Foster Euan, Vasilev Momchil, Loukas Charalampos, Rizwan Muhammad Khalid, Lines David, Pimentel Misael, Fitzpatrick Stephen, Halavage Steven, McKegney Scott, Gachagan Anthony, Williams Stewart, Ding Jialuo
European Conference on Non-Destructive Testing 2023, pp. OC205 (2023)

More publications

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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.

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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

Using In-Process NDE Inspection to Qualify WAAM Builds: Working towards Qualification for Different NDE Modalities
Towards Flexible and Automated Robotic Multi-Pass Arc Welding
Flexible Robotics to Inspect Aerospace Components​
Automated Inspection Research Developments for Full Lifecycle Inspection
Developments of in-process NDE techniques for Wire + Arc Additive Manufacture at University of Strathclyde
A novel signal processing technique to remove electrical interference from ultrasonic RF A-scans

More professional activities


Fusing a future from Glasgow’s proud heritage: Schedule Guaranteed High-Integrity Structures for a Secure, Safe and Resilient Transition to Net Zero (Innovation Accelerator)
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator) Dobie, Gordon (Co-investigator) Fitzpatrick, Stephen (Co-investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Javadi, Yashar (Co-investigator) Mohseni, Ehsan (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Stratoudaki, Theodosia (Co-investigator) Tant, Katherine Margaret Mary (Co-investigator) Wathavana Vithanage, Randika Kosala (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2025
Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) ‎- Bridging the Gaps (BTG) – Net Zero / Circular Economy
Javadi, Yashar (Principal Investigator) Lotfian, Saeid (Co-investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator) Mehmanparast, Ali (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Brennan, Feargal (Co-investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator)
In-situ Robotic and Ultrasonic Stress Measurement for Predictive ‎Maintenance of Offshore Wind Bolted Flange Connections
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2023
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Ultrasonic Engineering (FUSE) | Germano, Elmergue
Gachagan, Anthony (Principal Investigator) Mohseni, Ehsan (Co-investigator) Germano, Elmergue (Research Co-investigator)
13-Jan-2021 - 13-Jan-2025
EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)-New Organisation Engagement
Mohseni, Ehsan (Principal Investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator)
"Automated non-destructive testing of high value additive manufactured components": The IAA application is geared towards how to commercialise the in-process NDT technology (ultrasonic and electromagnetic approaches).
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
BH As-Clad Bond Integrity V1
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Javadi, Yashar (Co-investigator) Lines, David (Co-investigator) Mohseni, Ehsan (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Wathavana Vithanage, Randika Kosala (Co-investigator)
02-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2022
EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) funding
Qiu, Zhen (Principal Investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Academic) O'Leary, Richard (Academic) Gachagan, Anthony (Principal Investigator) Stevenson, Tim (Principal Investigator)
High Temperature Ultrasonic Imaging Transducer for In-Process Inspection
15-Jan-2020 - 15-Jan-2021

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Professor Anthony Gachagan
Head Of Department
Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Tel: 548 2535