John Bouchard


I graduated in Mechanical Engineering (1976) and obtained an MSc in Physics of Materials (1977) at the University of Bristol. My first appointment for a Civil Engineering Consultancy broadened my engineering horizon before joining Rolls-Royce (1979) and specialising in stress and fracture analysis of rotating gas turbine components. From 1986 to 2008 I worked in the nuclear power generation industry in the field of structural integrity (supporting safety cases) and became recognised as the company residual stress expert. From 1995 onwards I initiated and managed many industry and EU funded structural integrity related research projects. In 2007 I was awarded a Royal Society Industry Fellowship and appointed Professor of Materials for Energy at the Open University in 2008. Since coming to the OU I have raised external income exceeding £2.5m (EPSRC, Royal Society, EMDA, industry) and doubled the number of researchers and laboratory facilities of the Materials Engineering Group which currently comprises 11 academics, 15 PhD students and 5 post-doctoral researchers. 

The mechanical performance of materials and structures for energy applications including cyclic, creep, crack growth and fracture behaviours, and the prediction, measurement and management of welding residual stress.

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