Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Staff

Mr Derek Yan

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RA in Resilience Modelling Framework for Improved Nuclear Safety

Rundong is a RA in Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering Department at AACME. He had been conducting in-depth research in reliability engineering for various applications using a range of expertise and knowledge. He received his Ph.D. from Loughborough University in 2020.

In his dissertation, he focused on enhancing the performance of automated guided vehicles through reliability, operation and maintenance assessment using Fault Tree Analysis, Coloured Petri Net, and Genetic Algorithm. He graduated from Imperial College London, UK in 2015 and awarded Meng degree by First Class. In his master thesis, he evaluated the potential beneficial effects and efficiency of “biomimetic” tubercle leading edges inspired by whales. The work involved hot-wire measurements using a wind tunnel and simulation using comercial software.

Apart from his academic life, he is a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy novels.

Qualifications:

  • PhD in control and reliability (Funded by EPSRC) - 2015-2019 - Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering Department, Loughborough University

Thesis Title: Enhancing the Performance of Automated Guided Vehicles Through Reliability, Operation and Maintenance Assessment

Supervisor: Dr Sarah Dunnett, Professor Lisa Jackson

  • MEng in Aeronautical Engineering - 2011-2015 - Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London, London

Final year project title: Tubercle Leading Edges

Supervisor: Professor Jonathan Morrison

Key awards:

  • 2015-2018 - Research studentship in the school of AACME, Loughborough University
  • 2014 - Aeronautics Scholars Prize, Imperial College London
  • 2011 - 2014 - Holligrave Scholarship for excellent student, Holligrave Foundation
  • Teaching Assistant, the courses including Risk Analysis, Systems Reliability Assessment, and Advanced Reliability, Availability and Maintainability

Outline of main research interests:

  • Reliability and maintainability engineering
  • Nuclear safety
  • Operation of automated guided vehicles and design of AGV systems
  • Simulation modelling (Petri nets)

Grants and contracts: 

  • 2019 – Present - EPSRC grant, EP/R021988/1, ‘A Resilience Modelling Framework for Improved Nuclear Safety (NuRes)’                      
  • 2015 – 2019 - EPSRC grant, EP/K014137/1, ‘Adaptive Informatics for Intelligent Manufacturing (AI2M)’        

Recent publications:

Journal papers

(1)       R. Yan, S. J. Dunnett and L. M. Jackson, Novel methodology for optimising the design, operation and maintenance of a multi-AGV system, Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 178: 130-139, 2018.

(2)       R. Yan, L. M. Jackson, S. J. Dunnett, Automated guided vehicle mission reliability modelling using a combined fault tree and Petri net approach, The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 92(5-8): 1825–1837, 2017.

(3)      R. Yan, L. M. Jackson, S. J. Dunnett, A Study for Further Exploring the Advantages of Using Multi-load Automated Guided Vehicles, Journal of Manufacturing Systems (In press), 2020

Conference papers

(1)       R. Yan, T. Silvia, S. J. Dunnett and J. Andrews, “A Petri Net Methodology for Modelling the Resilience of Nuclear Power Plants” 2020 European Safety and Reliability Conference, Venice, Italy, 2020

(2)       R. Yan, T. Silvia, S. J. Dunnett, J. Andrews and E. Patelli, “Resilience in the context of Nuclear safety engineering” The 66th Annual Reliability & maintainability Symposium, Palm Springs, United States, 2020

(3)       R. Yan, S. J. Dunnett and L. M. Jackson, “Maintenance modelling of complex automated guided vehicle systems” The 65th Annual Reliability & maintainability Symposium, Orlando, United States, 2019

(4)       R. Yan, S. J. Dunnett and L. M. Jackson, “Optimising the maintenance strategy for a multi-AGV system using genetic algorithms” 2018 European Safety and Reliability Conference, Trondheim, Norway, 2018

(5)       R. Yan, S. J. Dunnett and L. M. Jackson, “Reliability modelling of automated guided vehicles using Petri nets” 2016 European Safety and Reliability Conference, Glasgow, UK, 2016

(6)       R. Yan, S. J. Dunnett and L. M. Jackson, “Reliability Modelling of Automated Guided Vehicles by the Use of Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis, and Fault Tree Analysis” 5th Student Conference on Operational Research, University of Nottingham, UK, 2016

Selected publications:

(1)       R. Yan, S. J. Dunnett and L. M. Jackson, Novel methodology for optimising the design, operation and maintenance of a multi-AGV system, Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 178: 130-139, 2018.

(2)       R. Yan, L. M. Jackson, S. J. Dunnett, Automated guided vehicle mission reliability modelling using a combined fault tree and Petri net approach, The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 92(5-8): 1825–1837, 2017.

(3)      R. Yan, L. M. Jackson, S. J. Dunnett, A Study for Further Exploring the Advantages of Using Multi-load Automated Guided Vehicles, Journal of Manufacturing Systems (In press), 2020

 

External Collaborators:

  • Nottingham University
  • University of Strathclyde