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


  • 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


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)
Ultrasonic phased array inspection of wire + arc additive manufacture samples using conventional and total focusing method imaging approaches
Javadi Y, MacLeod C N, Pierce S G, Gachagan A, Kerr W, Ding Jialuo, Williams Stewart, Vasilev M, Su R, Mineo C, Dziewierz J
Insight: Non-Destructive Testing and Condition Monitoring Vol 61, pp. 144-148 (2019)
Experience, testing and future development of an ultrasonic inspection analysis defect decision support tool for CANDU reactors
Wallace C, West G, Zacharis P, Dobie G, Gachagan A
11th Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control and Human-Machine Interface Technologies (NPIC&HMIT) 2019 (2019)
Broadband 1-3 piezoelectric composite transducer design using Sierpinski Gasket fractal geometry
Fang Haoyu, Qiu Zhen, Mulholland Anthony J, O'Leary Richard L, Gachagan Anthony
IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Vol 65, pp. 2429 - 2439 (2018)
Broadband piezocrystal transducer array for non-destructive evaluation imaging applications
Qiu Zhen, Fang Haoyu, O'Leary Richard, Gachagan Anthony, Moldovan Alexandru
Proceeding 2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium 2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (2018)
Virtual prototyping of a catheter transducer array for internal hepatic sonoporation
Moldovan Alexandru Corneliu, Dziewierz Jerzy, Gachagan Anthony, Cochran Sandy, Lay Holly
2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS) 2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (2018)

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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

Faculty Robotics and Automation Users Group Discussion
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

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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
DTP 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
DTP 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
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 - 19-Jan-2020
Acoustic Based Characterisation of arc fusion process control parameters
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator) Dobie, Gordon (Co-investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Mulholland, Anthony (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Stratoudaki, Theodosia (Co-investigator) Tant, Katherine Margaret Mary (Co-investigator)
02-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2020

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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