Dr Richard O'Leary


Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

I am a lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, my teaching is focussed on principles of measurement, signal acquisition and data processing as applied to engineering and biomedical applications.


My research base is in the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering, the emphasis is the implementation of novel transduction systems, both piezoelectric and capacitive modalities, to service applications including measurement of material properties; ultrasound imaging; sonochemistry and non-destructive testing.


Has expertise in:

    • Polymer Science

    • Acoustic Transduction

    • Wave Propagation

    • Finite Element Modelling


Enhancing the bandwidth of piezoelectric composite transducers for air-coupled non-destructive evaluation
Banks Robert, O'Leary Richard L., Hayward Gordon
Ultrasonics Vol 75, pp. 132–144, (2017)
Design of a low profile array transducer in d15 mode for high angled shear wave generation
Qiu Zhen, O'Leary Richard, Gachagan Anthony, Dobson Jeff
Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS), 2016 IEEE International, (2016)
Improving the operational bandwidth of a 1-3 piezoelectric composite transducer using Sierpinski Gasket fractal geometry
Fang Haoyu, Qiu Zhen, O'Leary Richard, Gachagan Anthony, Mulholland Anthony
Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS), 2016 IEEE International, (2016)
Finite element analysis of ultrasonic CFRP laminate inspection
Dobson Jeff, Gachagan Anthony, O'Leary Richard, Tweedie Andrew, Harvey Gerald
55th Annual British Conference of Non-Destructive Testing, (2016)
Finite element analysis simulations for ultrasonic array NDE inspections
Dobson Jeff, Tweedie Andrew, Harvey Gerald, O'Leary Richard, Mulholland Anthony, Tant Katherine, Gachagan Anthony
42nd Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, pp. 040005-1 - 040005-14, (2016)
Fractal geometry 1-3 piezoelectric composite with improved bandwidth
Fang Haoyu, Mulholland Anthony, Gachagan Anthony, O'Leary Richard
International Workshop on Transducers and Transducer Materials, (2016)

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My teaching is focussed on principles of measurement and fundamental concepts of analogue and digital circuits and systems used for measurement and control. I contribute to a variety of modules in this area. In addition, I co-ordinate 4th year Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Individual Projects.

Research interests

My research is primarily focussed on ultrasonic transduction – primarily the application of novel polymer materials and synthesis methods to the creation of new types of transducers. The main goals are improving sensitivity, so that we can probe deeper into the material or interest, and enhancing resolution, allowing us to see the echoes from small targets especially when they are close together.

Professional activities

EngD External Examiner
External Examiner
16th International Workshop on Micromachined Ultrasonic Transdcuers
PhD Tribunal Technical University of Madrid
External Examiner
Piezocrystals Workshop
2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium
Smart Materials and Structures (Journal)
Peer reviewer

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Industrial Case Account 2015 | Winstone, Richard Martin
O'Leary, Richard (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Winstone, Richard Martin (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2016 - 01-Jan-2019
Ophthalmic Ultrasound feasibility Study
Gachagan, Anthony (Principal Investigator) O'Leary, Richard (Co-investigator)
Feasibility study on the application of high power ultrasound in ophthalmic surgery. In conjunction with Prof Clive Wilson, SIPBS, for industrial collaborator Allergan
Period 01-Jul-2010 - 30-Nov-2010
Network of Distributed Sensors for Proactive Condition Monitoring of Wind Turbines | Burnham, Kenneth Charles
Pierce, Stephen (Principal Investigator) O'Leary, Richard (Co-investigator) Burnham, Kenneth Charles (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2005 - 04-Dec-2014
New Methods For Ultrasonic NDE Of Difficult Materials | Xiao, Bo
O'Leary, Richard (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Xiao, Bo (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2011 - 19-May-2016
Industrial Case Account 2015 / S151217-112
O'Leary, Richard (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 30-Sep-2020
UK Research Centre In Non-Destructive Evaluation (RCNDE) 2014-2020
Gachagan, Anthony (Principal Investigator) Mulholland, Anthony (Co-investigator) O'Leary, Richard (Co-investigator) Windmill, James (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2014 - 31-Mar-2020

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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