John has been successful in obtaining research grants from the UK and US Government (EPSRC, ONR, MRC & DTI/TSB), European Commission, UK and overseas companies. He has delivered 40 plenary or invited key-note lectures and, for example, gave the 50th BSSM Strain measurement lecture to 450 people at the 16th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics at the University of Cambridge in July, 2014, for which he received the BSSM Measurements Lecture Award.
His research expertise is structural integrity of materials including manufacturing and micro-structural effects. He has published over 400 journal and conference papers; contributed to 18 books, supervised 66 PhDs and 22 RAs. Examples include: impact performance of aerospace and automotive components, blast performance of laminated glass facades and composite structures, creep life of materials in power-station plant, water distribution plant and high-strain rate properties of polymers, composites and a wide range of other materials for defence applications and also for medical research.
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