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- B.A., Engineering, University of Cambridge, 1994
- D.Phil., Engineering, University of Oxford, 1998
- C.Dip.A.F., The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, 2001
- C.Eng., Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 2001
Dr Digby Symons is a Lecturer in the Cambridge University Engineering Department and a Fellow of Peterhouse. He is a member of the Engineering Design Centre (EDC) in the Mechanics, Materials and Design Division. Dr Symons is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
After graduation from the University of Cambridge Dr Symons was employed as a structural engineer by Buro Happold Consulting Engineers. He later moved to the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford to carry out research supported by Rolls-Royce Plc. Dr Symons was awarded a D.Phil. in 1998 for his work on composite materials. He then returned to industry to work for Cambridge Consultants Ltd., and later Weston Medical Plc., on the design and development of medical devices before taking up a position as a University Lecturer at the end of 2002. Dr Symons worked initially within the Structures Group, before transferring to the EDC in 2005.
Dr Symons is interested in the appropriate application of engineering science in the design of products. His main technical area is solid mechanics with a developing interest in fluid and particulate mechanics. Domains of work have included centrifugal filters, renewable energy, timber construction, lattice materials and medical devices.
Dr Symons is currently interested in supervising PhD research students to work in the areas of multiphase flow and/or medical device design. Funding may be available.
- Bizard, A.F. and Symons, D.D. Flow of wet powder in a conical centrifugal filter - an analytical model. Chemical Engineering Science, 2011, 66(23), 6014-6027
- Symons, D.D. Integral methods for flow in a conical centrifuge. Chemical Engineering Science, 2011, 66(13), 3020-3029
- Bizard, A.F., Symons, D.D., Fleck, N.A. and Durban, D. Flow of damp powder in a rotating impervious cone. Journal of Applied Mechanics, 2011,78, 021017
- Gaudern, N. and Symons, D.D. Comparison of theoretical and numerical buckling loads for wind turbine blade panels. Wind Engineering, 2010, 34 (2), 193-206
- Symons, D.D., Persaud, R. and Stanislaus, H. Slip modulus of inclined screws in timber-concrete floors. Structures and Buildings, Timber Engineering, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, 2010, 163 (SB4), 245-255
- Symons, D.D., Persaud, R. and Stanislaus, H. Strength of inclined screw shear connections for timber and concrete composite construction. The Structural Engineer, 5 January 2010, 88 (1), 25-32
- Symons, D.D. and Fleck, N.A. The imperfection sensitivity of isotropic two-dimensional elastic lattices. Journal of Applied Mechanics, 2008, 75, 051011
- Persaud, R. and Symons, D.D. Design and testing of a composite timber and concrete floor system, The Structural Engineer. 2005, 84 (4), 22-30
- Symons, D.D., Shieh, J. and Fleck, N.A. Actuation Of The Kagome Double Layer Grid. Part '2: Effect Of Imperfections On The Measured And Predicted Actuation Stiffness. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2005, 53, 1875-1891'
- Symons, D.D., Hutchinson, R.G. and Fleck, N.A. Actuation of the Kagome Double Layer Grid. Part 1: Prediction Of Performance Of The Perfect Structure. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2005, 53, 1855-1874
- Symons, D.D. Inertial Liquid Loading in a Needle-free Injection Device. Proc. of the I.Mech.E Part C, 2004, 218 (2), 233-240
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