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School of Computing Science and Engineering

Dr Paul Hampson

Lecturer in Aircraft Structures


Professional Experience

Mar 2011 – Present

Lecturer in Aircraft Structures, The University of Salford

Undertaking teaching and research within the School of Computing, Science and Engineering; particularly in relation to Aircraft Structures and Finite Element Analysis.

Oct 2010 – Mar 2011

Lecturer of Composites Engineering, Glyndwr University

Office located in the 'Advanced Composite Training and Development Centre' at Airbus, Broughton.

Involved with the development of an MSc course in advanced composite materials.

Sept 2008 – Oct 2010

Materials Engineer, Aircelle UK Ltd (SAFRAN Group)

Aerospace company specialising in aircraft engine nacelles and thrust reversers using both metallic and composite material manufacturing processes.

Laboratory composite material and processing specialist.

Authored and reviewed composite related technical data sheets and procedures.

Trained personnel and developed composite testing techniques.

Oct 2005 – Sept 2008

Contracted Part-time Teacher and Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), The University of Salford

Assisted in various subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level including Structural Mechanics, Engineering Materials and Finite Element Analysis.

July 2003 – July 2004

Support Engineer, British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL)/Westinghouse

Working in the Uranium Trioxide (UO3) & Uranium Tetrafluoride (UF4) Production Plants, my key responsibility was the software development and integration of a new plant information system to monitor and record plant operating parameters.

Activities & Interests

Over the years I have had many aviation related hobbies including gaining my Private Pilot's Licence, paragliding, paramotoring, and building and flying remote control aeroplanes.  My current hobbies include swimming and astronomy.


Mechanical Systems

Aircraft Structures E2

Structural Mechanics E2

Finite Element Analysis E3

Engineering Computation

Aerospace Assembly M2

Research Interests

Composite materials and manufacturing methods

Finite element analysis


Qualifications and Memberships


Ph.D. in Material Impact Analysis, The University of Salford, 2009.

B.Eng. (Hons.) 1st, Aeronautical Engineering, The University of Salford, 2005.

PGCert in Academic Practice (PGCAP), The University of Salford, 2012.


Professional Membership

Member, Royal Aeronautical Society (MRAeS)

Member, Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstLM)

Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


Refereed Journal Articles

Morrell, C M & Hampson, P R 2018, 'Pneumatically Powered Drilling of Carbon Fibre Composites Using Synthetic Biodegradable Lubricating Oil: An Experimental Study', Aerospace, 5(9).

Hampson, P R 2015, 'Use of screencasting to facilitate engineering course delivery', International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, 43(3), pp.191-206.

Haque, E & Hampson, P R 2014, 'Modelling phase change in a 3D thermal transient analysis', International Journal of Multiphysics, 8(1), pp.49-68.

Hampson, P R & Moatamedi, M 2010, 'Fluid structure interaction of submerged metallic and composite plates subjected to low velocity impact loading', International Journal of Crashworthiness, 15(1), pp.49-58.

Hampson, P R & Moatamedi, M 2007, 'A review of composite structures subjected to dynamic loading', International Journal of Crashworthiness, 12(4), pp.411-428.


Papers in Published Conference Proceedings

Hampson, P R 2007, Experimental and numerical study of composite material subjected to low velocity impact, in: 'Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference (SPARC)', University of Salford, Research and Graduate College, Salford, UK, pp.118-131.