Thomas Haynes


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Academic Background

I am a computational modeller focusing upon developing novel local (finite element) and non-local (phase-field and peridynamics) techniques to understand material and component failure at the engineering scale.  I have a particular interest in applying these techniques to applications in the nuclear energy sector. I have previously modelled pellet-clad interaction in advanced gas-cooled reactors using finite element analysis; failure of composite SiC/SiC claddings for accident tolerant fuels using peridynamics; coated particle (TRISO) fuels for advanced modular reactors using peridynamics; and, oxidation of the zirconium-based alloys current employed in light water reactors.

My research is characterised by industrial collaboration and I have close links with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, National Nuclear Laboratory and EDF Energy.

Teaching Interests

  • ENG-4008Y Engineering Principals & Analysis (Dynamics)
  • ENG-6011B Nuclear Engineering & Technology
  • ENG-6008Y Engineering Major Project
  • ENG-7011B Nuclear Engineering & Technology with Advanced Topics
  • ENG-7105X Energy Engineering Dissertation.

Areas of Expertise

  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Non-Local Computational Mechanics
  • Materials Science

Key Responsibilities

  • Director of Foundation Year (School of Engineering)
  • Disability Liaison Officer (School of Engineering)
  • Engineering software co-ordinator (School of Engineering)
  • Welcome week co-ordinator (School of Engineering)
  • Senate representative (Faculty of Science)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, Imperial College London


Award Date: 8 May 2019

Master of Science, Imperial College London


Award Date: 1 Oct 2013


Award Date: 30 Jun 2010

Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge


Award Date: 28 Jun 2008

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