Associate Professor Mark Andrew Battley

PhD (MechEng), BE(Hons)

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Associate Professor

Biography

Following his BE (Hons) and PhD at the University of Auckland's Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mark worked as a Research Engineer for Industrial Research Limited from 1992 to 2005. He also worked at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Sweden from 1995 to 1996. In 2006 Mark joined Uniservices, working for the University of Auckland's Centre for Advanced Composite Materials (CACM) and established Applied Engineering Research Limited. In 2015 Mark joined the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland, also continuing in his role as the Deputy Director of CACM. Since 2019 Mark has been the Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Engineering.

Research | Current

My primary research interests are in novel computational modelling and experimental characterisation for materials and structures with complex physical processes. This includes the effects of geometric and material non-linear behaviour, dynamic loads, fluid-structure interaction, and the effects of defects and damage on structural performance, particularly for fibre reinforced polymer composites and sandwich structures. Application areas include aviation, marine, automotive, sporting equipment and building and infrastructure.

I also have research interests in sporting equipment and its interaction with athletes, non-destructive inspection methods for materials and structures, and development of novel testing and instrumentation systems for laboratory and in-field measurements. Other interests include additive manufacturing processes for high performance composites and biopolymers and application of digital manufacturing processes to reduce cost and increase product quality.

Teaching | Current

ENGSCI 363 Engineering Science Design II

ENGSCI 344 Modelling and Simulation in Computational Mechanics

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD

  • Christian Netzel, Quantifying the Magnitude and Influence of Manufactured in Defects in Advanced Composite Structures Produced from Prepreg
  • Sam van Ostermann, Quantifying the Magnitude and Influence of Manufacturing Induced Defects in Advanced Composite Structures Produced using Liquid Moulding
  • Kariappa Karumbaiah, Simulation and characterisation of fatigue behaviour of composite laminates
  • Abhiram Ramesh, Effect of Manufacturing Induced Defects on the Mechanical Properties of Prepreg Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer Parts

Current ME

  • Andy Su, Development of non-destructive testing methods for composite pressure vessels
  • Louis Day, Investigations of non-destructive methods for evaluating highly loaded curved composite structures

Completed PhD

  • John Weber, Structural Response of Curved Sandwich Panels Subjected to Water Slamming, 2017
  • Thomas Billac, Numerical and experimental investigation of water impact of composite helicopter structures, 2016
  • Youming Chen, Micromechanical modelling of closed-cell foams, 2016
  • Nathan Bailey, Damage Tolerance of Aeronautical Sandwich Structures Subjected to Dynamic Compression Loads, 2014
  • Richard Stubbing, Characterisation of Polymeric Foam Cores Using Digital Image Correlation, 2013
  • Stephen Kavermann, Mechanical properties of lightweight sandwich panels with corrugated plywood core, 2013
  • Tom Allen, Mechanics of Flexible Composite Hull Panels Subjected to Water Impacts, 2012

Completed ME

  • Daniel Kent, Optimisation of carbon-fibre sailing yacht masts, 2018
  • Madeleine Clements, Failure mechanics of compression loaded hybrid composite laminates, 2017
  • Kai-Yeung Li, Analysis of water impact on flexible boat structures, 2017
  • Nick Zenio, Design methodologies for custom carbon-fibre composite prosthetics, 2017
  • Sam Stone, Effect of thickness on shear strength of Aramid honeycomb core materials, 2016
  • Anton Koellner, Development of a measurement and analysis system for bicycle field test studies to determine structural responses, 2013
  • Cameron Frazer, Manufacture of a Lightweight Composite UAV Wing Structure, 2013
  • Cameron Walbran, Application of Digital Image Correlation Displacement Measurement Techniques to Delamination Monitoring, 2012
  • Alison Clark, Characterisation of Polymeric Foam Core Materials, 2012
  • Cecile Laguette, Damage Initiation and Evolution in Composite Laminates, 2011
  • Oliver Smith, Development of a Polyurethane and Fibreglass Composite Pallet for the Logistics Industry, 2011
  • Erwan Grossmann, Curved Sandwich Panels Subjected to Transverse Pressure Loads, 2010
  • Gwendal Huet, Characterising strain concentrations in advanced composites, 2009
  • Rebecca Islin, Characterization of Damage Initiation in Composite Laminates, 2009
  • Andrew Corkery, Performance Prediction for Aeronautical Composite Structures Subject to Dynamic Loads, 2009

Completed MEng Studies

  • Baptiste Cartier Characterisation of ultrasound for non-destructive evaluation of carbon fibre parts, 2015
  • Ben Conway MEng St 2015 Numerical modelling and experimental validation of water impact (slamming) on composite sandwich beams with T-joints, 2015
  • James Flett, Stress Analysis of Sandwich T-Joints Subjected to Simulated Slamming Loads, 2012
  • Maxime Goutard, Numerical modelling of Slamming using FEM/FV coupling, 2011
  • Cecile Laguette, Turn of Bilge Effects on Yacht Hull, 2010
  • Rebecca Islin, Low Cycle Fatigue of Composite Sandwich Cores, 2008

Responsibilities

Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Engineering

Deputy Director, Centre for Advanced Composite Materials

Areas of expertise

My primary research areas are in analysis, design and experimental characterisation for composite materials and structures. This includes a particular focus on the effects of non-linear behaviour, dynamic loads, and the effects of damage on structural performance. I also have knowledge of advanced mechanics of materials, polymers, and metals, manufacturing processes for composites and polymers, mechanical engineering design, dynamics of mechanical systems, and coupled fluid-structure behaviour. 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Chair of Research Comittee, Faculty of Engineering

University of Auckland Research Committee

University of Auckland Major Funds Steering Group

MaDE Conference Committee, and Chair 2018 and 2019

Chair of Innovation in Materials and Manufacturing Committee

Vice-President, Composites Association of NZ

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • van Oosterom, S., Schreier, A., Battley, M., Bickerton, S., & Allen, T. (2020). Influence of dissolved gasses in epoxy resin on resin infusion part quality. COMPOSITES PART A-APPLIED SCIENCE AND MANUFACTURING, 13210.1016/j.compositesa.2020.105818
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Bickerton, Tom Allen
  • Ramesh, A., Battley, M., Allen, T., & Hickey, C. (2020). Characterising voids and wrinkles in curved carbon fibre reinforced polymer parts using µ-CT and optical microscopy. ECCM 2018 - 18th European Conference on Composite Materials.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tom Allen
  • Karumbaiah, K. M., Kracke, C., Battley, M., Bickerton, S., & Allen, T. (2020). Flexural fatigue performance of carbon epoxy composites with and without resin flow channels. ECCM 2018 - 18th European Conference on Composite Materials.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tom Allen, Simon Bickerton
  • Battley, M., Allen, T., Ramesh, A., Lewis, C., Heycoop, O., Garg, M., & Healy, L. (2020). Failure mechanics of polymeric foam cores for sandwich structures. ECCM 2018 - 18th European Conference on Composite Materials.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tom Allen
  • Battley, M., Allen, T., Ramesh, A., Lewis, C., Heycoop, O., Garg, M., & Healy, L. (2020). Failure mechanics of polymeric foam cores for sandwich structures. ECCM 2018 - 18th European Conference on Composite Materials.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tom Allen
  • Ramesh, A., Battley, M., Allen, T., & Hickey, C. (2020). Characterising voids and wrinkles in curved carbon fibre reinforced polymer parts using µ-CT and optical microscopy. ECCM 2018 - 18th European Conference on Composite Materials.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tom Allen
  • Karumbaiah, K. M., Kracke, C., Battley, M., Bickerton, S., & Allen, T. (2020). Flexural fatigue performance of carbon epoxy composites with and without resin flow channels. ECCM 2018 - 18th European Conference on Composite Materials.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tom Allen, Simon Bickerton
  • van Oosterom, S., Allen, T., Battley, M., & Bickerton, S. (2019). An objective comparison of common vacuum assisted resin infusion processes. COMPOSITES PART A-APPLIED SCIENCE AND MANUFACTURING, 12510.1016/j.compositesa.2019.105528
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Bickerton, Tom Allen

Contact details

Alternative contact

Extension number: 89055

Primary office location

UNISERVICES HOUSE - Bldg 439
Level 3, Room 339
70 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand