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Dr Yanmeng Xu
Senior Lecturer in Mechanics for Design


Dr Xu is a tribologist and has extensive knowledge in the subjects of Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering Materials, Mechanical Engineering and Product Design & Development. He is very experienced in the area of precision machining, failure analysis for the engineering products, and the area of materials application in support of the engineering products in the oil and gas field.

His significant contributions in the research of materials and manufacturing have managed to attract funding from EPSRC and major industrial companies such as BP and Shell. He is also often approached by various companies to provide technical consultancy on materials properties and applications, product design, and failure analysis.

Dr Xu has published 30 research and technical papers in the leading international journals.

Brief biography

Dr Xu obtained his PhD from the University of Southampton in 2004. After completing his PhD study, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for 5 years at University of Cambridge, Leeds University and Brunel University London. Before he joined Brunel University London in July 2010, he worked as a Materials and Forensic Engineer at John Crane Ltd, at where he obtained extensive industrial experience. Dr Xu obtained his Master’s degree from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 1998, and his Bachelor’s degree from Harbin University of Science and Technology in 1993, China.


Dr Xu is currently teaching Engineering Mechanics and Mechanics of Materials to the Level 1 and 2 students. He loves teaching and is happy to transfer his academic knowledge and industrial experience to the students. He also enjoys playing badminton.

Newest selected publications

Xu, Y. and Mellor, BG. (2011) 'Application of acoustic emission to detect damage mechanisms of particulate filled thermoset polymeric coatings in four point bend tests'. Surface and Coatings Technology, 205 (23-24). pp. 5478 - 5482. ISSN: 0257-8972

Journal article

Xu, Y., Harrison, DJ., Hay, G., Hopwood, AJ., Gashi, B., Edwards, MR., et al. (2010) 'Design and manufacture of surface textures on gun cartridge cases to trap DNA material'. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 224 (8). pp. 1229 - 1238. ISSN: 0954-4054

Journal article

Gashi, B., Edwards, MR., Sermon, PA., Courtney, L., Xu, Y. and Harrison, DJ. (2010) 'Measurement of 9mm cartridge case external temperatures and its forensic application'. Forensic Science International, 200 (1-3). pp. 21 - 27. ISSN: 0379-0738

Journal article

Xu, Y. and Hutchings, IM. (2006) 'Cold spray deposition of thermoplastic powder'. Surface and Coatings Technology, 201 (6). pp. 3044 - 3050. ISSN: 0257-8972

Journal article

Hutchings, IM., Xu, Y., Sánchez, E., Ibáñez, MJ. and Quereda, MF. (2006) 'Optimisation of the polishing process for porcelain ceramic tiles'.9th World Congress on Ceramic Tile Quality (Qualicer '06). Castellón, Spain. 12 - 15 February. Camara Oficial de Comercio. pp. 389 - 414.

Conference paper
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