Dr Chris Kingsley Seal

BE (Chem. & Mats.), ME (Chem. & Mats.), PhD Auckland

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I have a BE in Chemical and Materials Engineering and hold a research Masters and PhD in Materials Engineering, all of which were earned from The University of Auckland.

With a background in solid mechanics and metallurgy, I worked for the Light Metals Research Centre as a senior research Engineer before taking a postition as a Postodoctoral Researcher at The University of Manchester.

While in Manchester I worked with Professors Bob Ainsworth and Andrew Sherry on industrially sponsored structural integrity projects for BP and Rolls-Royce.

Research | Current

  • The influence of the constraint state on fracture
  • Probablistic fracture mechanics
  • Structural integrity assessment methods

I also have an interest in the use of magnesium as a potential surgical metal.

Areas of expertise

  • Fracture
  • Fatigue
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Structural Integrity

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Seal, C. K., & Sherry, A. H. (2017). Predicting the effect of constraint on cleavage and ductile fracture toughness using area contour toughness scaling. Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 186, 347-367. 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2017.09.029
  • Seal, C. K., Han, J. J., & Ainsworth, R. A. (2015). A comparison of various plastic work curvature methods. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRESSURE VESSELS AND PIPING, 135, 26-35. 10.1016/j.ijpvp.2015.10.001
  • Seal, C. K. (2009). Cyclic Plasticity of Steel under Seismic Load Conditions The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/16229
  • Seal, C. K., Hodgson, M. A., & Vince, K. (2009). Biodegradable surgical implants based on magnesium alloys - A review of current research. The Institute of Physics IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 4.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/15842
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Hodgson


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SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 5, Room 585
New Zealand

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