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Leigh Fleming is currently a research fellow in the Centre for Precision Technologies. During her studies at the University of Huddersfield for a BEng (Hons) in Engineering Design : Mechanical Leigh completed 2 industrial placements, the first with a pump manufacturer in Annecy, France for 3 months and then a 9 month placement engineering industrial blowers.
Leigh's primary engineering interest has always been the application of engineering to medical problems, and as such undertook her PhD in
"The Use of 3D surface analysis techniques to investigate the wear of matt Surface finish femoral stems in total hip replacement" Under the supervision of Professor Liam Blunt in the Centre for Precision Technologies.
Whilst writing up her thesis she went to work for DePuy International in research and development where she was employed as a research engineer in the product test group.
Leigh returned to the Centre for Precision Technologies in 2005 where she is currently employed as a research fellow.
Leigh's interests outside work include cooking and knitting.
Leigh's main research interests lie in the application of surface topography characterisation for tribological assessment and manufacturing process improvement. Her current projects are in conjunction with various commercial collaborators in the aerospace, automotive and manufacturing sectors.
In addition to the commercial projects and enterprise work that she does, she continues to research function and success of orthopaedic implants with a particular interest in contact and wear at the cement/implant interface in a number of different orthopaedic implant systems.
Having already acted as author of the NPL Good Practice Guide on measurement of super smooth surfaces, Leigh is now leading a consortium to promote and publish good practice in the surface measurement of orthopaedic implants and through her work in the areas of good practice in measurement has delivered seminars and training courses to both academics and industrialists.
More recently Leigh has developed an interest in research into innovative practice in Engineering Education.
Elrawemi, M., Blunt, L. and Fleming, L. (2013) ‘Process Practice and its Effects on Surface Defects on Flexible PV Barrier Films ’. In: School of Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers Conference , December 2013, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH, UK
Blunt, L., Elrawemi, M., Fleming, L., Martin, H., Muhamedsalih, H. and Robbins, D. (2013) ‘Metrology for in process metrology for roll to roll production of flexible photovoltaics ’. In: Metrology Technologies to Enable Reel to Reel Processing of Emerging Products, November 20, 2013, National Physical Laboratory , Teddington, Middlesex, UK.
Blunt, L., Elrawemi, M., Fleming, L. and Sweeney, F. (2013) ‘Correlation of micro and nanoscale defects with WVTR for aluminium oxide barrier coatings for flexible photovoltaic modules’ International Journal of Precision Technology , 3 (3), pp. 290-302. ISSN 1755-2060
Elrawemi, M., Blunt, L. and Fleming, L. (2013) ‘Metrology and Characterisation of Micro and Nano-scale Defects for Aluminium Oxide Barrier Film Employed in Flexible Photovoltaic Modules ’. In: Manufacturing the Future Conference September 2013 . Cranfield, UK: EPSRC. . ISBN 978-1-907413-22-3
Blunt, L., Elrawemi, M., Fleming, L., Martin, H., Muhamedsalih, H. and Robbins, D. (2013) ‘Development of the basis for in process metrology for roll to roll production of flexible photovoltaics’. In: 11th International Symposium on Measurement and Quality Control 2013, September 11-13, Cracow-Kielce, Poland
Blunt, L., Robbins, D., Fleming, L. and Elrawemi, M. (2013) ‘The Use of Feature Parameters to Asses Barrier Properties of ALD coatings for Flexible PV Substrates’. In: 14th International Conference on Metrology and Properties of Engineering Surfaces (Met & Props 2013) , June 17-21, 2013, Taipei, Taiwan , p. 45
Elrawemi, M., Blunt, L., Fleming, L., Sweeney, F. and Robbins, D. (2013) ‘Defect Detection in Thin-film Photovoltaics; Towards Improved Efficiency and Longevity’. In: International Conference on Renewable Energy Towards Sustainable Energy from the Desert , 28-30 September 2013, Tripoli- Libya , pp. 1-7
Blunt, L., Fleming, L., Elrawemi, M., Robbins, D. and Muhamedsalih, H. (2013) ‘In-line metrology of functional surfaces with a focus on defect assessment on large area Roll to Roll substrates’. In: Proceedings of the 13th international conference of the european society for precision engineering and nanotechnology. Germany, Berlin : EUSPEN. pp. 71-74. ISBN 13:978-0-9566790-2-4
Fleming, L., Racasan, R., Bills, P., Skinner, J., Hart, A. and Blunt, L. (2013) ‘Characterisation of wear morphology at the head-cup bearing interface in retrieved metal-on-metal hip replacements’. In: International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty 26th Annual Congress, 16-19 October 2013, Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Fleming, L., Blunt, L., Robbins, D. and Elrawemi, M. (2013) ‘Characterisation techniques to assess functional properties of barrier coatings for flexible PV substrates’. In: Proceedings of Laser Metrology and Performance X. Buckinghamshire, UK: EUSPEN. pp. 59-69.
Ousey, K., Atkinson, R., Fleming, L. and Conway, B. (2013) ‘Academia and clinical practice working together successfully to develop skin integrity knowledge and skills’ Journal of Community Nursing , 27 (1). ISSN 0140-0908
Elrawemi, M., Blunt, L., Fleming, L. and Sweeney, F. (2013) ‘Further Development of Surface Metrology Methods for Predicting the Functional Performance of Flexible PV Barrier Films ’ Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties . ISSN 2051-672X
Blunt, L., Robbins, D., Leach, R., Fleming, L. and Elrawemi, M. (2012) ‘Surface defects in water vapour barrier layers for structured plastic electronics’. In: Tropical Meeting Structured & Freeform Surfaces, 5th-6th December 2012, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, UK
Zhang, H., Blunt, L., Jiang, X., Fleming, L. and Barrans, S. (2012) ‘The influence of bone cement type on production of fretting wear on the femoral stem surface: A preliminary study’ Clinical Biomechanics , 27 (7), pp. 666-672. ISSN 0268-0033
Joyce, N., Fleming, L., Sisodia, G., Elnaggar, M., Chakrabarty, G. and Blunt, L. (2012) ‘Does cementing the tibial keel and peg in a knee replacement affect the pull out strength of the tibial component from the bone - A biomedical study of two cementation techniques’. In: EFORT Congress 2012, 23 - 25 May 2012, Berlin
Blunt, L., Zhang, H., Barrans, S., Jiang, X. and Brown, L. (2008) ‘What results in fretting wear on polished femoral stems’ Tribology International , 42 (11), pp. 1605-1614. ISSN 0301-679X
Zhang, H., Brown, L. and Blunt, L. (2008) ‘Static shear strength between polished stem and seven commercial acrylic bone cements’ Journal of Materials Science Materials in Medicine , 19 (2), pp. 591-599. ISSN 0957-4530
Zhang, H., Brown, L., Blunt, L., Jiang, X. and Barrans, S. (2008) ‘Understanding initiation and propagation of fretting wear on the femoral stem in total hip replacement’ Wear , 266 (5-6), pp. 566-569. ISSN 0043-1648
Zhang, H., Blunt, L., Jiang, X., Brown, L., Barrans, S. and Zhao, Y. (2008) ‘Femoral stem wear in cemented total hip replacement’ Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine , 222 (5), pp. 583-592. ISSN 0954-4119
Zhang, H., Brown, L., Blunt, L. and Barrans, S. (2008) ‘An investigation on generation of debris at the stem cement interface’. In: 8th World Biomaterials Congress, 28th May -1st June 2008, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Zhang, H., Brown, L., Blunt, L. and Barrans, S. (2008) ‘Influence of femoral stem surface finish on the apparent static shear strength at the stemcement interface’ Journal of Mechanical Behaviour of Biomedical Materials , 1 (1), pp. 96-104. ISSN 1751-6161
Zhang, H., Brown, L. and Blunt, L. (2007) ‘A better understanding of the surface topography at the stem-cement interface ’. In: ASME/STLE International Joint Tribology Conference, 22nd-24th October 2007, San Diego, California, USA
Brown, L., Zhang, H., Blunt, L. and Barrans, S. (2007) ‘Reproduction of fretting wear at the stemcement interface in total hip replacement’ Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine , 221 (8), pp. 963-971. ISSN 0954-4119
Brown, L (2006) The use of 3D surface analysis techniques to investigate the wear of matt surface finish femoral stems in total hip replacement Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.