Jesper Christensen


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    Research Interests

    FE modelling; Topology optimisation; Multiphysics modelling; Non-linear optimisation; Structural analysis and optimisation


    Jesper Christensen started his “mechanical engineering” activities as an engine fitter apprentice working on large marine propulsion systems; a 3 year degree. After completion he enrolled at University studying “Industrial Engineering”; and was awarded a BSc in 2007. Following this he completed his MSc in “Design of Mechanical Systems” in 2010. During his studies he undertook several industrial based projects focused on optimisation; e.g. the development of an antivibration mount to improve fatigue life for a 250kg sewage pump in collaboration with Grundfoss. Before completing his MSc he also undertook a 4 month placement at Jaguar Land Rover focusing on FE correlation of foam material models for automotive seating. Since joining Coventry University Jesper’s work has primarily focused on the development and implementation of optimisation algorithms for lightweighting applications, and has led to several invited presentations; for example to the German Association for Computational Mechanics, Dresden, 2012 and at in the House of Commons at the Set For Britain event in 2013. He was awarded his PhD on the topic of “Topology Optimisation of Structures Exposed to Large (non-linear) Deformations” in September 2015. Jesper is an active member of the IMeche and the STEM network.

    Area of Expertise:

    Optimisation algorithm development and implementation with an emphasis on topology optimisation

    Vision Statement

    I am fascinated by optimisation principles and the enormous potential they hold for dramatically changing the future of almost all engineering disciplines. This potential is expanded on a daily basis e.g. with the increased utilisation of composite materials, innovate manufacturing methods, more demanding structural performance requirements and improved simulation capabilities; most structural optimisation algorithms and techniques are however in their infancy. With an emphasis on structural optimisation it is my aim to develop significant optimisation tools for the future of (virtual) engineering.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctorate, Topology Optimisation of Structures Exposed to Large (non-linear) Deformations, Coventry University

    Award Date: 3 Sept 2015

    Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate with Distinction in Higher Education Professional Practice

    Award Date: 12 Oct 2012

    MSc, Modelling of Airbag Pad Cover Using Plate Theory, Aalborg University

    Award Date: 1 Feb 2010

    Degree, Stress and Deformation Analysis of Link Arm, Aalborg University

    Award Date: 16 Jan 2008

    External positions

    Peer review college associate, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

    1 Oct 2016 → …

    Congress Convenor, Engineering Professors' Council (EPC)

    1 Sept 2016 → …

    Hon. Secretary Birmingham Area Committee, Institute of mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

    1 Sept 2013 → …

    STEM Ambassador, STEMNET

    1 Jul 2013 → …


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