Dave is a member within the Euro-MIC COST framework. This project is funded by the European Union and enables scientists to bridge knowledge and capabilities across countries and disciplines.
Summary of the experiences and competences of Dave
I am an engineering lecturer/PI at SETU Carlow and am co-director of engCORE (www.engcore.ie). My current research focus is defined by an engineering approach to the materials’ aspects (substrate, surface degradation & treatments) of renewable energy devices, with a particular interest in offshore variants. My research is based on an active interest in knowledge enhancement in the general areas of Smart Materials, Surface Engineering/Degradation Phenomena, Wear/Corrosion, Biofouling and Tribocorrosion. My PhD, with which I received from TU Dublin in 2012, focussed on the corrosion/tribocorrosion element of this whilst previously I worked on a surface coatings research project involving numerous coating systems applied to a cast aluminium alloy component.
In terms of European engagement, I was previously an active member of the MP1407 COST Action, in which I was vice-leader (https://www.e-minds.ch/the-project/organisation/core-group/) of Workgroup 3 (PROTECTION AGAINST DEGRADATION OF COMPONENTS BY CORROSION AND CORROSION-WEAR). I am also the sole Irish representative of the European Academy of Surface Technology (EAST). This is a non-profit organisation which represents an International Platform for Science and Technology and an Interface between Research and Application in all Areas of Surface Technology (www.east-site.net). I am involved in a number of nationally-funded Applied Research projects, focussed on the development of Smart Surfaces and Smart Materials.
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My current research focus is defined by an engineering approach to the materials’ aspects (substrate, surface degradation & treatments) of off-shore and submerged renewable energy capture devices. My research is based on an active interest in knowledge enhancement in the general areas of Surface Engineering/Degradation Phenomena, Wear/Corrosion, Biofouling and Tribocorrosion. I am also working on developing more reliable simulations models for surfaces affected by MIC / Biofouling and related surface treatments, using CFD and Numerical Modelling; we are using Ansys, Star CCM+, Abaqus, and Mathlab. I am involved in a mixture of fundamental and applied research projects, some of which are looking at developing new, sustainable, bioplastics and how these can be adapted to address industrial needs. I am also involved in a Al-deposition project, for the EV industry.
So, in terms of competences, my unique skills would include electrochemistry, mechanical testing, FEA/CFD modelling/simulations, materials synthesis, and advanced microscopy. I am also running a large project, funded by the Higher Education Authority (Ireland), which is developing highly realistic Laboratory Training packages incorporating Extended Reality and Immersive Content for online STEMM programme delivery.
South East Technological University Carlow