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)

  • Wijaya, W., Ali, M. A., Umer, R., Khan, K. A., Kelly, P. A., & Bickerton, S. (2019). An automatic methodology to CT-scans of 2D woven textile fabrics to structured finite element and voxel meshes. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 125.10.1016/j.compositesa.2019.105561
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Piaras Kelly
  • 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, 125.10.1016/j.compositesa.2019.105528
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Battley, Tom Allen
  • May, D., Aktas, A., Advani, S. G., Berg, D. C., Endruweit, A., Fauster, E., ... Abaimov, S. (2019). In-plane permeability characterization of engineering textiles based on radial flow experiments: A benchmark exercise. COMPOSITES PART A-APPLIED SCIENCE AND MANUFACTURING, 121, 100-114. 10.1016/j.compositesa.2019.03.006
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tom Allen
  • Rajaei, M., Kim, N. K., Bickerton, S., & Bhattacharyya, D. (2019). A comparative study on effects of natural and synthesised nano-clays on the fire and mechanical properties of epoxy composites. COMPOSITES PART B-ENGINEERING, 165, 65-74. 10.1016/j.compositesb.2018.11.089
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nam Kyeun Kim, Debes Bhattacharyya
  • Amirpour, M., Bickerton, S., Calius, E., Das, R., & Mace, B. (2019). Numerical and experimental study on deformation of 3D-printed polymeric functionally graded plates: 3D-Digital Image Correlation approach. COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, 211, 481-489. 10.1016/j.compstruct.2019.01.014
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Maedeh Amirpour
  • Karumbaiah, K. M., Kracke, C., Battley, M., Bickerton, S., & Allen, T. (2019). Damage assessment of carbon-epoxy composites with and without resin flow channels. COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, 211, 213-220. 10.1016/j.compstruct.2018.12.039
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tom Allen, Mark Battley
  • Ali, M. A., Umer, R., Khan, K. A., Bickerton, S., & Cantwell, W. J. (2018). Non-destructive evaluation of through-thickness permeability in 3D woven fabrics for composite fan blade applications. AEROSPACE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 82-83, 520-533. 10.1016/j.ast.2018.10.003
  • 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


Contact details

Primary office location

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

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