Dr Owen Williams
Dr Owen Williams BSc, MRes, PhD
Head of School of Automotive Engineering
Tel: +44 (0) 1792 481168
Responsible for the Management, Administration and Strategic Planning for the School of Automotive Engineering within the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering.
Chair of Faculty Research Board.
Born and educated in South Wales, Owen obtained his BSc in Particle Physics and Cosmology at Swansea University. He carried out his Masters in Research at the Materials Engineering department at Swansea University, staying to obtain a PhD in materials research with EPSRC funding from the nuclear power industry.
Owen spent 9 years as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Automotive Engineering, developing the Motorcycle Engineering programme and heading up the Composite Research Group, working with a specific interest in studying the application of structural composite to high performance motorcycles.
- Member of the Institute of Physics
- Member of SAE International
- Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers
Owen’s main teaching interests are in the areas of dynamics, thermodynamics and computer simulation.
Currently Owen is a supervisor of 3 PhD students, 1 MPhil student
and currently teaches:
- Advanced Motorcycle Dynamics
- Advanced Computational Methods
- Motorcycle Dynamics
- Thermofluid Mechanics
and is a Major Project Supervisor for BEng Engineering Students.
Owen’s current research interests are in:
- Computer Simulation
- Structural Composites
- Motorcycle Dynamics and Simulation
- Vehicle Integrated Data Acquisition
Owen’s main areas of expertise are in motorcycle dynamics and simulation and currently works with a small team of engineers from the motorcycle industry, working at the highest levels of motorcycle sport in the world. The combination of motorcycle dynamics and structural composites is a current research interest and a subject of particular interest to the industry.
Recent activities include:
- Project ENDURO – Gravity Bike for Paraplegic Riders
- 2 Years Research Work in the area of Composites Manufacture and CNC Mould Design
- KTC Project Work – Cutting and Fabrication Centre
- KTC Project Work – Non Destructive Testing
- KESS – Glass / CNC Machining
- ASTUTE – Composites Development Work
Lake K. et al,. ‘The influence of compliant chassis components on motorcycle dynamics’, Vehicle System Dynamics: International Journal of Vehicle Mechanics and Mobility, 50, Issue 7, 2012.
Williams. O., Oseng. T., et al.’ The application of lean thinking to the Prototype Design and Manufacture of Motorsport Composite Structures’ 13th International Conference on Modern Information Technology in the Innovation Processes of industrial enterprises, MITIP 2011.
Oseng. T., Williams. O., et al. 'Quality Implications of Concept Design to Prototype Manufacture of a Low Cost Automotive Panel – A Case Study'. 7th International Conference, Quality Reliability and maintenance. QRM 2010.
Williams G.O. and Randle V., Grain boundary crystallography in two Fe-C-P alloys, Materials Science and Technology, 20, no.5, pp. 599-604. (2004).
Williams G.O., Randle V., Cowan J. and Spellward S. The role of grain boundary misorientation and phosphorus content on grain growth and intergranular fracture in iron-carbon-phosphorus alloys, Journal of Microscopy, 213, no.3, pp. 321-327 (2004).
His other interests include motorcycle racing, extreme sports, music (bass guitar), cosmology, growing chillies and bonsai trees and computing with alternative operating systems.