Niall joined Coventry University in June 2014 as a senior research assistant. Previously he was a research associate at the Open University and prior to that a PhD researcher at Cranfield University. He obtained his bachelor degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Limerick, Ireland. Niall worked as a stress engineer for a number of years for Bombardier Aerospace where he provided stress substantiation on the global express series of aircraft. He is a member of the editorial board of the international journal of microstructure and materials properties. Niall’s research interests are in the areas of fatigue and fracture mechanics, finite element analysis, advanced materials and structural integrity.
- Smyth, N. & Irving, P.E. 2014, “Fatigue life recovery via laser shock peening in mechanically damaged aluminium sheet; experiments and prediction models” Advanced Materials Research, vol. 891-892, pp. 980-985.
- Dorman, M., Toparli, M.B., Smyth, N., Cini, A., Fitzpatrick, M.E. & Irving, P.E. 2012, "Effect of laser shock peening on residual stress and fatigue life of clad 2024 aluminium sheet containing scribe defects", Materials Science and Engineering A, vol. 548, pp. 142-151.
- Optimization of residual stress generation from laser shock peening: modelling the plasma pulse and the effect on component performance: Study the effects of pressure pulse assumptions on the residual stresses generated by FE modelling of laser peening.
- Use of laser shock peening to recover fatigue strength of mechanically damaged duselage structures: Aircraft fuselage structures are frequently damaged externally with dents, scratches & impacts. The project investigated restoration of original fatigue life by using laser peening.