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Dr Andy Gleadall MEng PhD

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Lecturer in Manufacturing Design

I studied for my PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leicester from 2010-2013. This research involved the development of mathematical models for the degradation of bioresorbable polymers that are used in the human body for medical applications. A new atomic-scale finite element method enabled new understanding into how polymer chain scissions affects mechanical properties.

After my PhD I undertook manufacturing research at the University of Nottingham with a particular focus on medical applications. The polymers that I studied during my PhD were used in a 3D printer to fabricate tissue engineering scaffolds. We created software to control bioprinters in a novel way, enabling advanced structures to be produced beyond the capabilities of commercial software. To support the prediction of the mechanical properties of these new structures, we also developed a 3D voxel modelling routine to simulate the extrusion 3D printing process.

I joined Loughborough University as a Lecturer in Manufacturing Design in 2017. My research will continue to focus on materials and manufacturing processes for biomedical applications. I strive to use engineering research to drive medical manufacturing beyond current state-of-the-art. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you think there may be scope for collaboration or if you’re considering postgraduate research. 

Simulation of manufacturing processes and materials for biomedical applications:

  • Computational models for material degradation
  • Atomic-scale simulations of material properties
  • Biomedical materials
  • Tissue engineering
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Simulation of biomedical manufacturing
  • Simulation of advanced structures (scaffolds, lattices, composites)
  • Design for manufacture 

17MMC504 - Applied Engineering Design and Analysis

17MMD503 - Project Engineering - Total Product Design

17MMB302 - Engineering Computation for Sports Technology

  • Gleadall, A., Pan, J., Kruft, M. A., & Kellomäki, M. (2014). Degradation mechanisms of bioresorbable polyesters. Part 1. Effects of random scission, end scission and autocatalysis. Acta biomaterialia, 10(5), 2223-2232.
  • Gleadall, A., Pan, J., Kruft, M. A., & Kellomäki, M. (2014). Degradation mechanisms of bioresorbable polyesters. Part 2. Effects of initial molecular weight and residual monomer. Acta biomaterialia, 10(5), 2233-2240.
  • Gleadall, A., Pan, J., Ding, L., Kruft, M. A., & Curcó, D. (2015). An atomic finite element model for biodegradable polymers. Part 1. Formulation of the finite elements. Journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials, 51, 409-420.
  • Gleadall, A., Pan, J., & Kruft, M. A. (2015). An atomic finite element model for biodegradable polymers. Part 2. A model for change in Young’s modulus due to polymer chain scission. Journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials, 51, 237-247.