Professor Simon Bickerton
BE, Mech Eng, 1993; PhD, Mech Eng, 1999
Simon Bickerton is a native of Auckland, completing his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Auckland in 1993. He then went on to study at the Centre for Composite Materials, at the University of Delaware, completing his PhD in 1998 under the supervision of Professor Suresh Advani. From 1999 to 2011 he served as an academic staff member within the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 2012 he took extended leave from the University of Auckland, taking up a position with the BMW Group, Munich, Germany. There he worked within the department responsible for manufacture of structural carbon fibre parts, witha focus on the BMW Project i.
Simon returns to the University of Auckland in 2015 as Professor within the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and as a member of the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials established recently on the universities Newmarket Campus.
Areas of expertise
- Manufacturing processes for composite materials; exeperimentation, control, and modelling
- Robust manufacturing, considering material and process variability
- Manufacture of synthetic and natural fibre reinforced plastics
- Liquid Composite Moulding processes (i.e. RTM, CRTM, VARTM, and RTMLight)
- Out of autoclave processing of composites
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Amirpour, M., Bickerton, S., Calius, E., Mace, B. R., & Das, R. (2018). Numerical and experimental study on free vibration of 3D-printed polymeric functionally graded plates. Composite Structures, 189, 192-205. 10.1016/j.compstruct.2018.01.056
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brian Mace
- Kracke, C., Nonn, A., Koch, C., Nebe, M., Schmidt, E., Bickerton, S., ... Mitschang, P. (2018). Interaction of textile variability and flow channel distribution systems on flow front progression in the RTM process. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 106, 70-81. 10.1016/j.compositesa.2017.12.010
- Swery, E., Hans, T., Bultez, M., Wijaya, W., Kelly, P., Hinterhölzl R, & Bickerton, S. (2017). Complete simulation process chain for the manufacturing of braided composite parts. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 102, 378-390. 10.1016/j.compositesa.2017.08.011
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Piaras Kelly
- Amirpour, M., Das, R., & Bickerton, S. (2017). An elasto-plastic damage model for functionally graded plates with in-plane material properties variation: Material model and numerical implementation. Composite Structures, 163, 331-341. 10.1016/j.compstruct.2016.12.020
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Raj Das
- Alhussein, H., Umer, R., Rao, S., Swery, E., Bickerton, S., & Cantwell, W. J. (2016). Characterization of 3D woven reinforcements for liquid composite molding processes. Journal of Materials Science, 51 (6), 3277-3288. 10.1007/s10853-015-9640-6
- Kracke, C., Staudt, B., Bickerton, S., & Mitschang, P. (2016). An experimental study on the influence of flow channel induced fibre undulation. ECCM 2016 - Proceeding of the 17th European Conference on Composite Materials.
- Nonn, A., Koch, C., Maurer, T., Bickerton, S., Greb, C., & Gries, T. (2016). Investigation into the variability of carbon fiber non-crimp fabrics and its influence on the RTM-process. ECCM 2016 - Proceeding of the 17th European Conference on Composite Materials.
- Hermann, T., Bickerton, S., Van Oosterom, S., Lamb, G., & Henke, T. (2016). Non-destructive evaluation of preform injectability and compressibility for quality assessment in a production environment. ECCM 2016 - Proceeding of the 17th European Conference on Composite Materials.