Imperial College London

ProfessorPeterChilds

Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering

Head of the School of Design Engineering
 
 
 
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10 Princes Gardens10-12 Prince's GardensSouth Kensington Campus

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Baxter WL, Aurisicchio M, Childs PRN, 2015, A psychological ownership approach to designing object attachment, JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING DESIGN, Vol: 26, Pages: 140-156, ISSN: 0954-4828

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Childs PRN, Garvey B, 2015, Using morphological analysis to tackle uncertainty at the design phase for a safety critical application, PROPULSION AND POWER RESEARCH, Vol: 4, Pages: 1-8, ISSN: 2212-540X

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Childs PRN, pennington M, 2015, Industrial, and innovation design engineering, Impact of Design Research on Industrial Practice Tools, Technology, and Training, Editors: Chakrabarti, Lindemann, Publisher: Springer, Pages: 133-149, ISBN: 9783319194493

The Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) double masters programme, run jointly by the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London is now in its 34th year. Originally called Industrial Design Engineering the aim of the pro-gramme was to provide an educational pathway for taking graduate engineers and produce a new type of industrial designer. The two-year full-time programme in-volves a series of themed but student-directed projects in the first year, prior to major group and solo projects in the second year. This chapter introduces the orig-inal purpose of the programme, documents some of the transitions as well as providing a description of the current format of the programme, with a particular focus on addressing the needs of industry and those of individual students and graduates, and the sometime tensions between these. The Innovation Design Engi-neering is characterised by a ‘borrowed discourse’ with no distinct disciplinary language owned by the community at the moment. This is manifest in the exten-sive engagement by the students in their collaborations across the Departments and Research Centres at Imperial and their willingness to explore diverse innova-tion spaces. Traditionally graduates have gained subsequent employment in corpo-rations and design consultancies. The last five years has seen a significant shift with the greater proportion of graduates setting up their own businesses and con-sultancies on completion of the programme.

BOOK CHAPTER

Michalakoudis I, Childs PRN, Aurisicchio M, Pollpeter N, Sambell Net al., 2015, USING FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS DIAGRAMS AS A DESIGN TOOL, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE2014), Publisher: AMER SOC MECHANICAL ENGINEERS

CONFERENCE PAPER

Yan Y, Childs PRN, 2015, CREATIVITY TOOL SELECTION FOR DESIGN ENGINEERS IN IDEA GENERATION, 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED), Publisher: DESIGN SOC, ISSN: 2220-4334

CONFERENCE PAPER

Childs PRN, Linpinski TB, Holloway M, 2014, Robot for spraying insulation, GB2514405 (A)

A robot 1 for spraying insulation (such as polyurethane), comprising an elongate chassis 3 carrying a spray nozzle 4, a source 16 of spray thermal insulation foam coupled to the nozzle, and at least one wheel 2 mounted on the chassis arranged to drive the robot over a surface on which it is located. There may be a bearing surface 7 in the form of a hemisphere which is dragged over the surface over which the robot moves. The foam source may be a supply pipe and there may also be wires 15 to provide power to the robot. The robot is particularly suited for working in an underfloor cavity. Also claimed is a method of using such a robot.

PATENT

Ekong GI, Long CA, Childs PRN, 2014, Application of creativity tools to Gas Turbine Engine Compressor Clearance Control, PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME INTERNATIONAL MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CONGRESS AND EXPOSITION, 2013, VOL 5

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Ekong GI, Long CA, Childs PRN, 2014, The Effect of Heat Transfer Coefficient Increase on Tip Clearance Control in HP Compressors in Gas Turbine Engine, PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME INTERNATIONAL MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CONGRESS AND EXPOSITION, 2013, VOL 1

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Jiang P, Lee S, Childs PRN, 2014, Experience in the use of engineering product design principles to extend novice engineer capability, Pages: 1381-1390, ISSN: 1847-9073

CONFERENCE PAPER

Lee S-H, Jiang P, Childs PRN, Gilroy Ket al., 2014, FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS DIAGRAMS WITH THE REPRESENTATION OF MOVEMENT TRANSITIONS, PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME INTERNATIONAL MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CONGRESS AND EXPOSITION, 2013, VOL 12

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Lipinski T, Lee SH, Childs PRN, 2014, Domestic Passive Ventilation with Heat Recovery (PVHR): Performance criteria, tests and operational variations

Historically, housing in general has had low levels of insulation and poor airtightness. Although this characteristic was not energy efficient it provided a plentiful supply of fresh air. Over the last twenty years insulation and airtightness of homes has received attention due to a global drive towards energy efficiency and carbon emissions reduction. Since a large portion of energy used in homes is utilised for comfort heating or cooling, the focus has been on improvements to insulation and airtightness in order to decrease the dwellings' total energy use, as well as ensuing carbon emissions. However, a large body of research shows that airtight houses require adequate air management (controlled ventilation) to prevent the occurrence of poor indoor air quality which can contribute to illness such as asthma as well as the so-called sick building syndrome. Introduction of controlled ventilation presents another energy related challenge - fresh air introduced to homes needs to be re-heated (or cooled) adding to energy use and negating most gains resulting from improved insulation. Even if Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) is used, the systems use electricity and require maintenance to operate, adding to cost and reducing energy savings. Thus an air management system that can improve building ventilation, prevent excessive heat loss and use no energy in operation is a desirable option. The Ventive PVHR technology, described in this paper, can be such an option that provides efficient ventilation with heat recovery and no electricity use. This system utilises both thermal buoyancy and pressure caused by the wind-driven Pitot effect of a cowl as its two driving forces. Advances in heat exchanger design resulting in interleaved coaxial heat exchanger units allow the thermal energy of the outlet air to be exchanged to the cooler inlet air with consistently high efficiency and negligible pressure drop. Thus heat loss due to air ventilation can be minimised a

CONFERENCE PAPER

Masen M, Brand A, Yan Y, Varley J, Spence P, Childs Pet al., 2014, Demanding it all from the novice mechanical engineer through design and manufacture, Pages: 669-675

A core design and manufacture group project has been run in the second year of the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate programme at Imperial College for over two decades where students are required to develop highly loaded rotating machinery, such as a pump or a winch, early in the second year of their undergraduate study. The aim has been to provide a practical opportunity to apply and develop skills learnt in the first year and to provide the experience of manufacturing, operating and testing what has been designed. While these projects have been a mainstay of the educational experience for many years, there has been a persistent concern that the projects are deterministic and highly constrained. The course team and student body have debated and now implemented a new project that is both less constrained and more appealing to the student cohort. In this project the students are tasked with developing a transmission for an electric scooter. The project has resulted in a significant diversity in designs and, importantly, the students embracing the curriculum content with fervour. The challenge still requires attention to the application of fundamental mechanical engineering principles such as transmissions, solid mechanics and materials, but also focuses on electronic control systems, battery and motor characteristics, high current and power, health and safety and a range of transferable skills. The multi-disciplinary nature of the project combined with an appealing application has resulted in a highly engaged year group. This paper reports on the project and includes an analysis of the diversity of designs and student effort.

CONFERENCE PAPER

Yan Y, Jiang P, Squires A, Childs PRNet al., 2014, Ill-defined engineering problem solving empirical study, Pages: 144-149

CONFERENCE PAPER

Yan Y, Jiang P, Squires A, Childs PRNet al., 2014, Stimulation of creative output by means of the use of creativity tools - A case study, Pages: 633-642, ISSN: 1847-9073

CONFERENCE PAPER

Bannar-Martin L, Childs P, 2013, A NOVEL THERMALLY ACTIVATED R744 HEAT PUMP CYCLE, PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME TURBO EXPO: TURBINE TECHNICAL CONFERENCE AND EXPOSITION, 2013, VOL 2

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Childs P, 2013, Engineering freakout, International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, Vol: 41, Pages: 297-305, ISSN: 0306-4190

Design and engineering have worldwide impact. The products and systems generated affect every level of our lives. In a competitive world where the prosperity of local industry waxes, wanes and emerges in new forms, temporal strategies and policies for survival and gain inevitably emerge. It is in this context that engineers and designers operate their exciting trades, with consideration of multiple functional attributes in any given application. This may involve attention to technical, aesthetic, economic, social and latent function and their often complicated interrelationships, with one attribute affecting the performance of others in a significant manner. The value of each attribute needs to be maintained at the design stage in order to deliver worldwide competitive products, systems and services. It is in the conceptual, detailed design, fire-fighting and application phases that engineering analysis shows its potential, time and time again, to deliver order-of-magnitude as well as validated estimates for quantities. The tools of engineering provide essential input and infl uence for the design process. These tools can be operated with diligence and exacting analysis, as well as in the fast-paced conceptual stages of any project, in order to explore the 'what if' and to provide a physical basis for an idea, as well as the impetus to give that idea the justification for the resources it requires for elaboration. © Manchester University Press.

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Childs P, Leon N, Runcie C, 2013, Design Led Innovation, The 14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE2012), Publisher: The Design Society, Pages: 690-695

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Childs PRN, Zhao Y, Grigg J, 2013, Narrative in design development, Pages: 108-113

This paper describes the value of narrative used with ideation tools in aiding the rapid production of product concepts and designs for masters students of graphics, fine art, product and industrial design. The ideation tools used alongside narrative included elements of divergent and convergent thinking in combination with reverse engineering and functional analysis, and practical prototyping using a range of readily adapted artefacts. Narrative was introduced and used by the students in order to ensure the development of a context and purpose for the product, artefact or system developed or proposed and to stimulate original product concepts, ideas and thinking. The concept of narrative is familiar in design. Here however the concept was reinforced using structures associated with fictional narrative. Reverse engineering exploring the deconstruction and identification of function for each component in a product was used to aid students ensure practicality in their idea implementation. This paper describes positive experiences resulting from this activity, with a particular focus on the value of narrative in developing robust concepts. The use of physical prototyping provided tangible and instant feedback for divergent and convergent phases of idea development.

CONFERENCE PAPER

Ekong GI, Long CA, Childs PRN, 2013, TIP CLEARANCE CONTROL CONCEPT IN GAS TURBINE HP COMPRESSORS, INTERNATIONAL MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CONGRESS AND EXPOSITION - 2012, VOL 1: ADVANCES IN AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY, Pages: 433-441

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Hall A, Mayer T, Wuggetzer I, Childs PRNet al., 2013, Future aircraft cabins and design thinking: optimisation vs. win-win scenarios, Propulsion and Power Research, Vol: 2, Pages: 85-95, ISSN: 2212-540X

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Lee S-H, Jiang P, Childs PRN, 2013, DESIGN FOR FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS ENABLED BY A MECHANISM AND MACHINE ELEMENT TAXONOMY, 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED), Publisher: DESIGN SOC, ISSN: 2220-4334

CONFERENCE PAPER

Nam TJ, Childs P, Sohn M, 2013, A design model and tackles for systematic conceptual design, International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, Vol: 41, Pages: 341-353, ISSN: 0306-4190

Systematic design models are useful in the professional education of both designers and engineers; they also support complex multi-faceted design activities that involve a large number of individuals. This paper introduces a range of design models, but then focuses on the linked node model, which uses nodes to indicate the properties of an outcome and links to show the connections between the nodes. The model is based on the premise that good design serves to generate a harmoniously integrated outcome. The paper also explores a range of tools and 'design tackles' that can be used in a systematic approach to design. Finally, it introduces a design project aimed at creating better user experiences in Dongdaemun market in Seoul, Korea. © Manchester University Press.

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Wang Z, Childs PRN, Jiang P, 2013, USING WEB CRAWLER TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT DESIGN-RELATED WEB INFORMATION COLLECTION IN IDEA GENERATION, 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED), Publisher: DESIGN SOC, ISSN: 2220-4334

CONFERENCE PAPER

Yan Y, Childs PRN, Hall A, 2013, AN ASSESSMENT OF PERSONALITY TRAITS AND THEIR IMPLICATION FOR CREATIVITY AMONGST INNOVATION DESIGN ENGINEERING MASTERS STUDENTS USING THE MBTI AND KTS INSTRUMENTS, 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED), Publisher: DESIGN SOC, ISSN: 2220-4334

CONFERENCE PAPER

Yao W, Childs PRN, 2013, Application of design rationale for a robotic system for single-incision laparoscopic surgery and natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery, PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART H-JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING IN MEDICINE, Vol: 227, Pages: 821-830, ISSN: 0954-4119

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Childs PRN, Fountain R, 2012, Commercivity, 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Publisher: The Design Society, Pages: 3-8

CONFERENCE PAPER

Coren DD, Atkins NR, Long CA, Eastwood D, Childs PRN, Guijarro-Valencia A, Dixon JAet al., 2012, THE INFLUENCE OF TURBINE STATOR WELL COOLANT FLOW RATE AND PASSAGE CONFIGURATION ON COOLING EFFECTIVENESS, ASME Turbo Expo 2011, Publisher: AMER SOC MECHANICAL ENGINEERS, Pages: 981-992

CONFERENCE PAPER

Eastwood D, Coren DD, Long CA, Atkins NR, Childs PRN, Scanlon TJ, Guijarro-Valencia Aet al., 2012, EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION OF TURBINE STATOR WELL RIM SEAL, RE-INGESTION AND INTERSTAGE SEAL FLOWS USING GAS CONCENTRATION TECHNIQUES AND DISPLACEMENT MEASUREMENTS, ASME Turbo Expo 2011, Publisher: AMER SOC MECHANICAL ENGINEERS, Pages: 859-870

CONFERENCE PAPER

Heyes AL, Botsis L, McGlashan NR, Childs PRNet al., 2012, A THERMODYNAMIC ANALYSIS OF CHEMICAL LOOPING COMBUSTION, ASME Turbo Expo 2011, Publisher: AMER SOC MECHANICAL ENGINEERS, Pages: 105-111

CONFERENCE PAPER

Howey DA, Childs PRN, Holmes AS, 2012, Air-Gap Convection in Rotating Electrical Machines, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS, Vol: 59, Pages: 1367-1375, ISSN: 0278-0046

JOURNAL ARTICLE

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