Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering


Dr Sarah Dunnett PhD

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Reader in Systems Reliability


  • Lecturer, Department of Applied Mathematics, Leeds, UK, 1987-1989
  • Scientific Researcher, Health and Safety Executive, UK, 1990-1994
  • Lecturer, Loughborough University, UK, 1995 to 2015
  • Senior Lecturer, Loughborough University, UK, 2015 to date

Key awards and Accomplishments

  • Kenneth T Whitby Award of the American Association for Aerosol Science

Outline of main research interests

  • Risk and Reliability generation methods – automatic construction
  • Modelling Service Support System Reliability
  • Reliability modelling of phased missions.
  • Vehicle Safety and new hazard analysis technologies
  • Numerical modelling of problems in Aerosol Science
  • Modelling of Aerosol filtration

Research groups

Control and Reliability

Current teaching responsibilities

  • TTA003 Fluid Mechanics
  • TTA200 Risk Analysis
  • TTB100 System Reliability Assessment
  • TTD 100 Advanced Reliability, Availability and Maintenance
  • TTP 210 Advanced Reliability, Availability and Maintainability

Current administrative responsibilities

  • Part B Automotive Engineering Tutor

Whiteley, M., Dunnett, S., Jackson, L. (2020) Simulation of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell degradation using an integrated Petri Net and 0D model. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 196.

Latsou, C., Dunnett, S.J., Jackson, L.M. (2019) A new methodology for automated Petri Net generation: Method application. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 185.

Stoneman, M.-J., Jackson, L., Dunnett, S., Cooke, L. (2019) Enhanced understanding of risk assessment in police custody in England and Wales using statistical modelling. Safety Science, 117.

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

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

Vasilyev, A., Andrews, J., Jackson, L.M., Dunnett, S.J., Davies, B. (2017) Component-based modelling of PEM fuel cells with bond graphs. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 42(49).

Whiteley, M., Dunnett, S., Jackson, L. (2016) Failure Mode and Effect Analysis, and Fault Tree Analysis of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 41(2).

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External Collaborators

  • Rolls-Royce, Derby
  • National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
  • Nottingham University

External roles and appointments

  • Editorial board member of The Open Atmospheric Science Journal.
  • Member of the Aerosol Society Committee
  • UK scientific steering committee for International conference: Inhaled Particles X