Dr Andy Gleadall PhD MEng
Lecturer in Additive Manufacturing, Materials and Design
- 2017 – Present: Lecturer in Additive Manufacturing, Materials and Design at Loughborough University, UK
- 2013 – 2017: Postdoctoral research associate, University of Nottingham, UK.
- 2010 – 2013: PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Leicester, UK.
- 2005 – 2010: MEng in Mechanical Engineering, University of Leicester, UK.
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 additive manufacturing research at the University of Nottingham with a particular focus on medical applications. The polymers that I studied during my PhD were used 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 (called the VOLCO model) to simulate the material extrusion additive manufacturing process.
- Additive Manufacturing
- Custom Toolpaths for Additive Manufacturing
- Mechanics of Materials
- Finite Element Analysis
- Biodegradable Polymers
- Biomedical Materials
- Tissue Engineering
- Gleadall, A., Ashcroft, I. and Segal, J., 2018. VOLCO: A predictive model for 3D printed microarchitecture. Additive Manufacturing, 21, pp.605-618, doi.org/10.1016/j.addma.2018.04.004
- Ruiz-Cantu, L., Gleadall, A., Faris, C., Segal, J., Shakesheff, K. and Yang, J., 2016. Characterisation of the surface structure of 3D printed scaffolds for cell infiltration and surgical suturing. Biofabrication, 8(1), doi.org/10.1088/1758-5090/8/1/015016
- Gleadall, A., Pan, J., Kruft, M.A. and Kellomäki, M., 2014. Degradation mechanisms of bioresorbable polyesters. Part 1. Effects of random scission, end scission and autocatalysis. Acta biomaterialia, 10(5), pp.2223-2232, doi.org/10.1016/j.actbio.2013.12.039
- Gleadall, A., Pan, J., Kruft, M.A. and Kellomäki, M., 2014. Degradation mechanisms of bioresorbable polyesters. Part 2. Effects of initial molecular weight and residual monomer. Acta biomaterialia, 10(5), pp.2233-2240, doi.org/10.1016/j.actbio.2014.01.017
- Gleadall, A., Pan, J. and Atkinson, H., 2012. A simplified theory of crystallisation induced by polymer chain scissions for biodegradable polyesters. Polymer degradation and stability, 97(9), pp.1616-1620, doi.org/10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2012.06.023
- Gleadall, A., Pan, J., Ding, L., Kruft, M.A. and 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, pp.409-420, doi.org/10.1016/j.jmbbm.2015.07.008
- Gleadall, A., Pan, J. and 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, pp.237-247, doi.org/10.1016/j.jmbbm.2015.07.010