Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Associate Dean for Enterprise for the Faculty of Engineering



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Peter Cawley received BSc and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from University of Bristol in 1975 and 1979 respectively. In 1986 he completed a Diploma with Distinction in Teaching and Course Development in Higher Education from the Institute of Education, University of London.

He worked in industry from 1979-1981 and then joined the Mechanical Engineering Department initially as a lecturer and then successively senior lecturer, reader and professor. He is now Head of Department and leads the Non-destructive Evaluation (NDE) research group (; he is also the principal investigator of the UK Research Centre for NDE (RCNDE) that has its head office at Imperial College. He has published over 190 refereed journal papers and a similar number of conference papers in this field and holds 4 current patents.

Peter is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (elected in 2006) and of the Royal Society (elected 2010). He is a director a spin-out company set up to exploit technology developed in his research group (Guided Ultrasonics Ltd and was chairman of a second spin-out (Permasense Ltd until it was acquired by Emerson Inc in 2016.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Liu C, Dobson J, Cawley P, 2017, Efficient generation of receiver operating characteristics for the evaluation of damage detection in practical structural health monitoring applications, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Vol:473, ISSN:0080-4630, Pages:1-26

Cawley P, dobson J, 2017, The scattering of torsional guided waves from Gaussian rough surfaces in pipework, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol:141, ISSN:0001-4966, Pages:1852-1861

Corcoran J, Hooper P, Davies C, et al., 2016, Creep strain measurement using a potential drop technique, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Vol:110, ISSN:0020-7403, Pages:190-200

Leinov E, Lowe MJS, Cawley P, 2016, Ultrasonic isolation of buried pipes, Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol:363, ISSN:0022-460X, Pages:225-239

Brierley N, Tippetts T, Cawley P, 2014, Data fusion for automated non-destructive inspection, Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences, Vol:470, ISSN:1364-5021, Pages:1-25

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