Dr Rik Heslehurst

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Research Experience

  • Master of Engineering Thesis, Evaluation of Techniques for the Damage Analysis of Composite Aircraft Structures, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 1990.
  • Doctorate of Philosophy, Application and Interpretation of a Portable Holographic Interferometry Testing System in the Detection of Defects in Structural Materials, School ofAerospace, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, University College, UNSW, 1999.
  • Advanced composite structural materials and bonded structures, including: practical application, numerical analysis, testing methods, structural design, damage assessment and analysis, repair methodology and design
  • Aircraft Battle Damage Repair Application
  • Aircraft Preliminary Design and Development
  • Holographic interferometry for structural defect investigation and material response characteristics
  • Material and structural component experimental stress analysis
  • Publications Books: 10 chapters Journals: 16 Conference: 53 Other: 55

Teaching Experience

Senior Lecturer

Additional Experience

  • Senior Lecturer UNSW (1994-). I have taught in aircraft and mechanical design, aircraft structures, structural repair design, structural joining methods, composite mechanics and adhesives technology, and experimental stress analysis. Technical Adviser to Board of Directors (1994-), Abaris Training and Resources, Reno NV, USA. Visiting Lecturer (1992-), Abaris Training and Resources, Reno NV, USA.Consultant Engineer (2002-) Raytheon Australia, Quickstep Technologies, Advanced Composities. Visiting Military Fellow (1991-1994), School of Aerospace, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, University College (UNSW), ADFA, Canberra, ACT. Part-Time Lecturer/Tutor (1991-1993, 2001-), School of Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT. Officer in Charge of Materials and Process Engineering (1990), RAAF HQ Logistic Command, Melbourne, Victoria. Composites and Adhesive Bonding Repair Specialist (1989-1990), RAAF HQ Logistic Command, Melbourne, Victoria. Defence Fellow (1988), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria. F/A-18 Hornet Airworthiness Engineer (1985-1987), Aircraft Engineering Directorate, RAAF HQ Logistic Command, Melbourne, Victoria. Officer in Charge Engineering Manufacturing & Repair Section (1983-1984), No.1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Base Laverton, Victoria. Officer in Charge Engineering Design Cell (1982-1983), No.1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Base Laverton, Victoria.
  • 1988: Defence Force Fellowship (12 months)
  • 1994: The Technical Cooperation Program Achievement Award for 1993. For contributions to TTCP Collaboration in Defects in Composites
  • 2000: Inaugural Spitfire Memorial Defence Fellowship

Memberships

  • Journal Editorial Board Member, The Journal of Advanced Materials, SAMPE.
  • Journal Editorial Board Member, Journal of Aircraft Design, Elsiever Science.
  • Journal Editorial Board Member, Journal of Aircraft, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
  • Journal Editorial Board Member, International Correspondent - SAMPE Journal
  • Journal Editorial Board Member, AIAA Educational Series Advisory Board

Consulting Interests

Composite damage analysis and repair design, structural joining methods, aircraft preliminary design, UAV design roles.

Books

Heslehurst RB, 2013, Design and Analysis of Structural Joints With Composite Materials, Original, DEStech Publications, Inc, Lancaster, PA

Heslehurst RB, 2010, HOLOGRAPHIC INTERFEROMETRY ASSESSMENT OF DEFECTS IN COMPOSITE AND ADHESIVELY BONDED STRUCTURES, 1st, LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co., Koln, http://www.amazon.com/HOLOGRAPHIC-INTERFEROMETRY-ASSESSMENT-ADHESIVELY-STRUCTURAL/dp/3838322002/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1303165345&sr=1-1

Heslehurst RB, 2009, Jet Fighter Design Evolution ? The First 50 Years, Original, LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co., Koln

Book Chapters

Heslehurst RB, 2007, 'Composite Design', in Brent Strong A (ed.), Fundamentals of Composites Manufacturing: Materials, Methods and Applications, edn. 2nd, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Dearborn, MI, pp. 307 - 348, http://www.sme.org/cgi-bin/get-item.pl?BK07PUB26&2&SME

Hart-Smith LJ; Heslehurst RB, 2001, 'Designing for Repairability', in ASM Handbook, Volume 21 - Composites, edn. Original, ASM International, Ohio, USA, pp. 872 - 884

Cole WF; Forte MS; Heslehurst RB, 2001, 'Maintainability Issues', in ASM Handbook, Volume 21 - Composites, edn. Original, ASM International, Ohio, USA, pp. 914 - 921

Heslehurst RB; Forte MS, 2001, 'Repair Engineering and Design Considerations', in ASM Handbook, Volume 21 - Composites, edn. Original, ASM International, Ohio, USA, pp. 885 - 892

Hoke MJ; Heslehurst RB, 2001, 'Reliability, Maintainability and Repairability', in ASM Handbook, Volume 21 - Composites, edn. Original, ASM International, Ohio, USA, pp. 871 - 872

Heslehurst RB, 1996, 'Analysis and modelling of damage and repair of composite materials in aerospace', in Numerical analysis and modelling of composite materials, edn. Original, Blackie Academic & Professional Publishing, Glasgow, Scotland

Journal articles

Liu C; Zhang YX; Heslehurst R, 2014, 'Impact resistance and bonding capability of sandwich panels with fibre-metal laminate skins and aluminium foam core', Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, vol. 28, pp. 2378 - 2392, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01694243.2014.967744

Warren A; Heslehurst R; Wilson E, 2014, 'Composites and MIL-STD-1530C', International Journal of Structural Integrity, vol. 5, pp. 2 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJSI-02-2013-0002

Beckwith SW; Heslehurst R, 2013, 'Composites failure criteria an important factor in composites design', SAMPE Journal, vol. 49, pp. 30 - 31

Ratwani MM; Heslehurst RB, 2013, 'Composite patch repair of sandwich structures with cracked face sheets', SAMPE Journal, vol. 49, pp. 50 - 57

Heslehurst RB, 2011, 'Undercarriage Lateral Tip-Over Criteria: A Parametric Study', Journal of Aircraft, vol. 48, pp. 1825 - 1828, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.46564

Heslehurst RB, 2010, 'Mechanically Fastened Joints in Composite Structures Part 2A – Bearing Strength', Connection-The official magazine of Composites Australia Inc., vol. 25, pp. 7 - 8

Heslehurst RB, 2009, 'A review of holographic interferometry investigations of defects and damage in composite materials', Journal of Advanced Materials, vol. 41, pp. 5 - 12

Heslehurst RB, 2009, 'Optical NDT of adhesively bonded joints', Materials Evaluation, vol. 67, pp. 837 - 842

Heslehurst RB, 2009, 'Woven Cloth Stacking or Nesting Configuration and the Impact on Flexural Rigidity', Connection-The official magazine of Composites Australia Inc., pp. 6 - 7, http://www.compositesaustralia.com.au/

Heslehurst RB, 2009, 'Estimating Composite Bearing Strength', Connection-The official magazine of Composites Australia Inc., pp. 7 - 7, http://www.compositesaustralia.com.au/

Heslehurst RB, 2009, 'Ply Direction on a Bondline', Connection-The official magazine of Composites Australia Inc., pp. 12 - 13, http://www.compositesaustralia.com.au/

Heslehurst RB, 2009, 'Scarf Repair', Connection-The official magazine of Composites Australia Inc., pp. 11 - 11, http://www.compositesaustralia.com.au/

Heslehurst RB, 2008, 'Reviewing a long-term problem in composites: Engineering design specifications versus fabrication requirements', Journal of Advanced Materials, vol. 40, pp. 3 - 6

Heslehurst RB; Wong Kai In S, 2008, 'SCARF REPAIR LAY-UP ORIENTATION STUDY', Journal of Advanced Materials, vol. 40, pp. 65 - 71

Heslehurst RB, 2007, 'Optical NDI methods for composite structures', SAMPE Journal, vol. 43, pp. 7 - 14

Ratwani M; Kieboom OT; Heslehurst RB, 2006, 'Crack opening displacement in plate with bonded repair patch', Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures, vol. 29, pp. 425 - 430, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1460-2695.2006.01010.x

Heslehurst RB, 2006, 'Heat damage detection in composite panels using an acoustic hammer', International SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition (Proceedings), vol. 51

Heslehurst RB, 2006, 'Designing with Composite Materials-Part 7B – Detail Design – Mechanically Fastened Joints', Connection-The official magazine of Composites Australia Inc., pp. 9 - 9, http://www.compositesaustralia.com.au/members/files.asp

Heslehurst RB, 2006, 'Designing with Composite Materials: Part 7D – Detail Design – Ply Termination', Connection-The official magazine of Composites Australia Inc., pp. 10 - 10, http://www.compositesaustralia.com.au/

Heslehurst RB, 2006, 'Designing with Composite Materials: Part 7C – Detail Design – Holes and Cutouts', Connection-The official magazine of Composites Australia Inc., pp. 9 - 9, http://www.compositesaustralia.com.au/

Heslehurst RB, 2003, 'Know your materials, forms and processes!', SAMPE Journal, vol. 39, pp. 16 - 17

Heslehurst RB; Hart-Smith LJ, 2002, 'The science and art of structural adhesive bonding', SAMPE Journal, vol. 38, pp. 60 - 71

Heslehurst R, 2000, 'Joining advanced composite structures', Engineers Australia, vol. 72, pp. 50

Heslehurst RB, 1999, 'Observations iin the structural response of adhesive bondline defects', International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, vol. 19, pp. 133 - 154, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0143-7496(98)00029-3

Heslehurst RB; Baird JP; Williamson HM, 1998, 'Location and Direction of the Propagation of an Existing Delamination in Composite Panels', Journal of Advanced Materials, vol. 30, pp. 38 - 43

Heslehurst RB, 1997, 'Challenges in the repair of composite structures-part 1', SAMPE Journal, vol. 33, pp. 11 - 16

Heslehurst RB, 1997, 'Challenges in the Repair of Composite Structures - Part 2', Sampe Journal, vol. 33, pp. 16 - 21

Heslehurst RB, 1996, 'Off-Axis Transformation of The Composite Laminate Stiffness Properties', Composite Structures, vol. 35, pp. 369 - 374, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0263-8223(96)00042-6

Heslehurst RB; Baird JP; Williamson HM, 1996, 'Location and Direction of the Propagation of an Existing Delamination', Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures

Heslehurst RB; Baird JP; Williamson HM, 1995, 'Effect on adhesion stiffness due to bonded surface contamination', Journal of Advanced Materials, vol. 26, pp. 11 - 15

HESLEHURST R, 1994, 'UNTITLED', SAMPE JOURNAL, vol. 30, pp. 45 - 45, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:A1994PJ40400009&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Heslehurst RB, 1994, 'Application of a simple hole damage stress analysis method to composite airframes: Case studies', Composite Structures, vol. 27, pp. 253 - 259, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0263-8223(94)90086-8

Heslehurst RB; Vaughan MJ; Baird JP; Clark R, 1993, 'Delamination buckling characteristics', National Conference Publication - Institution of Engineers, Australia, vol. 1, pp. 161 - 167

Conference Papers

Kourloufas CJ; Morozov E; Heslehurst RB, 2017, 'Effect of Saltwater Absorption/ Desorption Cycling on Strength of Carbon Fibre/Epoxy Composites', in Heslehurst RB (ed.), Proceedings of Advanced Composites Innovation Conference and Trade Exhibition, Composites Australia, Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, QLD Australia, presented at Advanced Composites Innovation Conference and Trade Exhibition, Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, QLD Australia, 28 March 2017 - 30 March 2017

Heslehurst RB, 2015, 'Determining bearing strength in advanced composite materials', in International SAMPE Technical Conference

Heslehurst RB, 2014, 'Composite Snap fit fasteners - Potential and benefits', in International SAMPE Technical Conference

Liu CJ; Zhang YX; Heslehurst R, 2014, 'Experimental Study of FML Skinned Aluminium Foam. Sandwich Panels Subjected to Repeated Impact', in Conf Proceedings of Materials for a Lighter and Smarter World, Composites Australia, Newcastle, presented at Composites Australia and the CRC for Advanced Composite Structures 2014 Australasian Composites Conference Materials for a Lighter and Smarter World, Newcastle, 07 April 2014 - 09 April 2014, http://www.compositesaustralia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/2014CompositesConferenceProgramme-030414.pdf

Liu C; Zhang YX; Qin QH; Heslehurst R, 2014, 'High velocity impact modeling of sandwich panels with aluminum foam core and aluminum sheet skins', in Applied Mechanics and Materials, pp. 751 - 756, http://dx.doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.553.745

Ratwani MM; Heslehurst RB, 2013, 'Stress analysis of bonded joints for launch and space environments', in International SAMPE Technical Conference, pp. 305 - 315

Heslehurst RB, 2013, 'The effectiveness of free edge wrapping to reduce interlaminar stresses', in International SAMPE Technical Conference, pp. 891 - 900