Professor Simon Bickerton

BE, Mech Eng, 1993; PhD, Mech Eng, 1999


Simon Bickerton is a native of Auckland, completing his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Auckland in 1993. He then went on to study at the Centre for Composite Materials, at the University of Delaware, completing his PhD in 1998 under the supervision of Professor Suresh Advani. From 1999 to 2011 he served as an academic staff member within the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 2012 he took extended leave from the University of Auckland, taking up a position with the BMW Group, Munich, Germany. There he worked within the department responsible for manufacture of structural carbon fibre parts, witha focus on the BMW Project i.

Simon returns to the University of Auckland in 2015 as Professor within the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and as a member of the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials established recently on the universities Newmarket Campus.

Areas of expertise

  • Manufacturing processes for composite materials; exeperimentation, control, and modelling
  • Robust manufacturing, considering material and process variability
  • Manufacture of synthetic and natural fibre reinforced plastics
  • Liquid Composite Moulding processes (i.e. RTM, CRTM, VARTM, and RTMLight)
  • Out of autoclave processing of composites

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Umer, R., & Khan, K. A. (2018). Using micro-CT to quantitatively validate the textile compaction simulation. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering. 10.1088/1757-899X/406/1/012044
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Piaras Kelly
  • Kazmi, S. M. R., Govignon, Q., & Bickerton, S. (2018). Control of laminate quality for parts manufactured using the resin infusion process. Journal of Composite Materials, 002199831878330-002199831878330. 10.1177/0021998318783308
  • Amirpour, M., Bickerton, S., Calius, E., Mace, B. R., & Das, R. (2018). Numerical and experimental study on free vibration of 3D-printed polymeric functionally graded plates. Composite Structures, 189, 192-205. 10.1016/j.compstruct.2018.01.056
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brian Mace, Raj Das, Maedeh Amirpour
  • Kracke, C., Nonn, A., Koch, C., Nebe, M., Schmidt, E., Bickerton, S., ... Mitschang, P. (2018). Interaction of textile variability and flow channel distribution systems on flow front progression in the RTM process. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 106, 70-81. 10.1016/j.compositesa.2017.12.010
  • (2018). An experimental study of defect deformation in corners by autoclave processing of prepreg material. International SAMPE Technical Conference.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Battley
  • Swery, E. E., Hans, T., Bultez, M., Wijaya, W., Kelly, P., Hinterhölzl R, & Bickerton, S. (2017). Complete simulation process chain for the manufacturing of braided composite parts. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 102, 378-390. 10.1016/j.compositesa.2017.08.011
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Piaras Kelly
  • Amirpour, M., Das, R., & Bickerton, S. (2017). An elasto-plastic damage model for functionally graded plates with in-plane material properties variation: Material model and numerical implementation. Composite Structures, 163, 331-341. 10.1016/j.compstruct.2016.12.020
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Raj Das, Maedeh Amirpour
  • (2017). Towards a design guideline for corners in composite parts. ICCM International Conferences on Composite Materials.


Contact details

Primary office location

BUILDING 902 - Bldg 902
Level 2, Room 210
New Zealand

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