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Prof David Nash

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Has expertise in:

    • Finite element analysis
    • Mechanical structural design
    • Pressure Vessels and piping systems
    • Bio-mechanics
    • CPD
    • Stress analysis in all its forms - ANSYS and ABAQUS
    • Design and optimisation of engineering structures
    • Use of codes and standards and design by analysis
    • Design of medical devices


Thermal buckling analysis of cylindrical shell with functionally graded material coating
Han Quanfeng, Wang Zewu, Nash David H., Liu Peiqi
Composite Structures Vol 181, pp. 171-182, (2017)
Surface roughness 3D modelling and its association with leak tightness for a metal-to-metal contacting surface
Anwar Ali, Dempster William, Gorash Yevgen, Nash David
Proceedings of the ASME 2017 Pressure Vessels & Piping Conference, (2017)
Web crippling behaviour of cold-formed steel channel sections with web holes subjected to interior-one-flange loading condition - part II : parametric study and proposed design equations
Lian Ying, Uzzaman Asraf, Lim James B.P., Abdelal Gasser, Nash David, Young Ben
Thin-Walled Structures Vol 114, pp. 92–106, (2017)
Effects of edge-stiffened circular holes on the web crippling strength of cold-formed steel channel sections under one-flange loading conditions
Uzzaman Asraf, Lim James B.P., Nash David, Young Ben
Engineering Structures Vol 139, pp. 96–107, (2017)
Web crippling behaviour of cold-formed steel channel sections with web holes subjected to Interior-one-flange loading condition-part I : experimental and numerical investigation
Lian Ying, Uzzaman Asraf, Lim James B.P., Abdelal Gasser, Nash David, Young Ben
Thin-Walled Structures Vol 111, pp. 103–112, (2017)
Deformed gap space using macro-micro FEA model and transferred into a CFD model
Anwar Ali, Gorash Yevgen, Dempster William, Nash David
Proceedings in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, PAMM Vol 16, (2016)

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Research interests

Applications of finite element analysis:

  • specifically pressure vessels and piping,
  • bio-mechanics,
  • materials


Nitinol Complex Loads
Wheel, Marcus (Principal Investigator) Nash, David (Co-investigator)
Period 18-Apr-2017 - 17-Apr-2020
WARC2 - Design Optimisation
Riccardi, Annalisa (Principal Investigator) Dempster, William (Co-investigator) Minisci, Edmondo (Co-investigator) Nash, David (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2018 - 30-Sep-2021
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind & Marine Energy Systems | Leishman, Grant
Nash, David (Principal Investigator) Yang, Liu (Co-investigator) Leishman, Grant (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Oct-2020
Influence of Structure on Wind Turbine Blade Erosion
Nash, David (Principal Investigator)
Period 03-Oct-2016 - 30-Sep-2019
Project 3.7: Investigation and model development of valve leak tightness
Anwar, Ali (Post Grad Student) Gorash, Yevgen (Research Co-investigator) Dempster, William (Principal Investigator) Hamilton, Robert (Academic) Nash, David (Academic)
Pressure Relief Valves (PRV) tend to leak at high pressures. Customers demand a guarantee of leak tightness as a percentage of the set pressure. WEIR competitors can guarantee a higher leak tightness and therefore in certain circumstance we lose orders to our competitors. This work program is intended to understand why PRV's leak and how to reduce or mitigate against the leakage. Improving WEIR design will support the sale of more product. The main purpose of this research is to deliver prediction methods for sealing design with specific emphasis on Weir Group Sarasin-RSBD valve products. The main objective of this problem is to be able to re-create this leakage issue using computational tools. This will be done using a combination of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). The complexities of this research lie with the deformation and surface effects of the "sealing faces" of the valves at a micron and macro scale including load cycling and creep behaviour analysis. This has to be analysed and reproduced at corresponding pressures and temperatures with compressible or incompressible fluid flow using combined FEA and CFD tools.
Period 24-Jun-2014 - 24-Jun-2017
Doctoral training centre in wind energy systems | Siddons, Craig
Stack, Margaret (Principal Investigator) Nash, David (Co-investigator) Siddons, Craig (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 07-Jun-2018

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