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Prof Christopher Smith

Associate Professor


Telephone: 01392 723652

Extension: (Streatham) 3652

Prof Chris Smith is Associate Professor in Functional Materials and Deputy Assoc Dean for Research (Industry).

He graduated from the University of Leeds in 1992 and remained there to do a PhD in Biomaterials, graduating in 1995. He then worked as a post doctoral research fellow at the Universities of York and Exeter. He was appointed Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in January 2000, Senior Lecturer in 2006, and Associate Professor in Functional Materials in 2008.

Current and recent research projects are sponsored by: Rolls-Royce and Innovate UK.

Researcher ID profile

Current h index = 28

Research interests

Use and development of new simulation tools for challenging problems in industry is the primary focus for Professor Smith. Most of this work concerns digital engineering simulation as a driver for cost reduction in design, and better performance of components and systems. This is usually done in collaboration with companies.

He is interested in model cost reduction (e.g. surrogates, emulators, and model order reduction), multiphysics problems, novel simulation methods incl meshless, contact problems and vibration damping.

He often collaborates with computer scientists and mathematicians in use of optimisation, and machine learning in general, applied via techniques such as finite element modelling. This often involves build and test of prototypes.

Industry partnerships

Serving as Deputy Associate Dean for Research (Industry), he is the College’s lead for industry engagement and drives this activity with a flexible, open approach, focussed on results which deliver real value to businesses.

He is proud to be working with SC Group, Babcock International, Quattro Plant, Hunter Stoves and the Marine Business Technology Centre.

Examples of recent work with businesses include:

  1. new hybrid FE-DE simulation codes for fretting wear (sponsored by Rolls-Royce),
  2. development of a new hybrid drive system for high mobility vehicles (with Supacat),
  3. rapid robust stochastic design tools (with Centek Group),
  4. electrification of road-rail vehicles (with Quattro Plant)
  5. passive vibration damping devices for fan blades (with Rolls-Royce)

Teaching interests

Prof Smith has taught/teaches the following modules:

ECM1107 Materials & Manufacturing: Core Engineering II,

ECM2114 Solid Mechanics,

ECM3116/7 Manufacturing,

ECM3173 Structural Dynamics

ECMM107 Mechanics of Materials,

ECMM127 Advanced Materials Engineering

He supervises lots of individual and group projects every year.

Other relevant information

He has given invited lectures at the University of Wisconsin "The Mohs Lectures by Placon" series at the Rheology Research Center and at The University of Jilin (China), The Technical University of Ilmenau (Germany), The Jozef Stefan Institute, Physics (Slovenia), and several UK universities.

He was Conference Organiser for the "1st International Conference on Auxetics and Related Anomalous Systems" Exeter, Sept 2006 - and has served on several conference scientific committees, incl national committee member for the ICCM 17 conference in 2009. He is the local chair for the 2016 BSSM conference in Exeter.

Prof Smith was Associate Dean of Postgraduate Studies (05-07), Admissions Officer for Engineering Programmes (04-10), chaired a 'task and finish' group on new qualifications incl Diploma and Cambridge Pre-U

Prof Smith was the HE Advocate for the Engineering Diploma in the Peninsular region from 07- 09.


BSc, PhD