Dr Leigh Fleming
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Leigh is currently the Subject Area Leader for Mechancial Engineering in the School of Computing and Engineering. After graduating with a BEng(hons) in Engineering Design: Mechanical from the University, she continued her studies completing a PhD in The Use of 3D Analysis Techniques to Investigate the Wear of Femoral Stems in Total Hip Replacment before moving into industry, working for DePuy International in their research and test department.
Since returning to academia, Leigh has worked on a number of research projects including: SOLADIM, a DTI funded project to investigate defect detection in semi-conductor materials; a number of industrial projects looking at the use of surface metrology to optimise manufacturing processes and functionality; investigations into wear of a range of orthopaedic implants; and NanoMEND, an FP7 project to investigate the possibilities of online measurement, detection and repair of defects in roll to roll processes.
Currently Leigh is expanding her measurement knowledge to apply to healthcare situations and recently wrote an editorial for Wounds UK to show how Engineers can work collaboratively with clinicians to improve the quality of basic care offered.
Her acadmic duties include teaching of Materials, Thermofluids and Investigative Studies. She is course leader for the Engineering Foundation Year and is also the Athena Swann Champion for the department. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a PGCert in Higher Education Practice.
Research & Scholarship
Leigh is currently working on a number of projects looking at friction, shear and pressure in the pressurecare and woundcare industries, and is an active member of the Skin Interface Sciences Research Group investigating the integrity of skin at patient device interfaces. With medical devices a particular interest of Leighs she is also working on a TSB funded project in collaboration with ORTHOX, Cardiff University and 3T to characterise the surface of novel materials for meniscal repair in knee surgery.
In adition to medical applications, Leigh is also interested in the measurement and characterisation of surfaces for different disciplines and has experiences with characterisation of wear, and manufacturing processes in a number of industries; these include automotive components, aerospace components, tooling, ballistics and manufacturing.
Leigh is also interested in Engineering education, and is particularly keen on public engagement activites particularly with school children of all ages.
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Smith, A., Fleming, L., Wudebwe, U., Bowen, J. and Grover, L. (2014) ‘Development of a synovial fluid analogue with bio-relevant rheology for wear testing of orthopaedic implants’ Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials , 32, pp. 177-184. ISSN 17516161
Blunt, L., Robbins, D., Fleming, L. and Elrawemi, M. (2014) ‘The Use of Feature Parameters to Asses Barrier Properties of ALD coatings for Flexible PV Substrates’ Journal of Physics: Conference Series , 483, pp. 70-74. ISSN 1742-6596
Elrawemi, M., Blunt, L., Fleming, L., Bird, D., Robbins, D. and Sweeney, F. (2014) ‘Modelling water vapor permeability through atomic layer deposition coated photovoltaic barrier defects’ Thin Solid Films .
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 , 1 (1), p. 015006. ISSN 2051-672X
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
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
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
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) ‘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
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
Elrawemi, M., Blunt, L. and Fleming, L. (2014) ‘Metrology and Characterisation of Defects on Barrier Layers for Thin Film Flexible Photovoltaics’. In: Proceedings of EUSPEN 14th International Conference 2014. Dubrovnik, Croatia: EUSPEN. pp. 165-168. ISBN 978-0-9566790-3-1
Elrawemi, M., Blunt, L., Fleming, L., Sweeney, F. and Robbins, D. (2014) ‘Defect Detection in Thin-film Photovoltaics; Towards Improved Efficiency and Longevity’. In: 5th International Renewable Energy Congress . Hammamet, Tunisia: IEEE. pp. 524-528. ISBN 978-1-4799-2196-6
Elrawemi, M., Blunt, L. and Fleming, L. (2013) ‘Process Practice and its Effects on Surface Defects on Flexible PV Barrier Films ’. In: Proceedings of Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers' Conference 2013 : CEARC'13. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 49-54. ISBN 9781862181212
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: Proceedings of the 11th IMEKO TC14 Symposium on Laser Metrology for Precision Measurement and Inspection in Industry . Tsukuba, Japan: International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO) . pp. 9-12. ISBN 978-1-63266-731-1
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., 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 10th International Conference and Exhibition on Laser Metrology, Machine Tool, CMM & Robotic Performance . Buckinghamshire, UK: EUSPEN. pp. 59-69. ISBN 978-0-9566790-1-7
Elrawemi, M., Blunt, L., Muhamedsalih, H., Fleming, L. and Gao, F. (2014) ‘Verification of an in Process Optical System based on High Resolution Interferometry for Detecting Flexible PV Barrier Films Defects’. In: Photon14, 1-4 September 2014, Imperial College, London, UK
Blunt, L., Elrawemi, M., Fleming, L., Robbins, D. and Muhamedsalih, H. (2014) ‘In-line metrology for defect assessment on large area Roll 2 Roll substrates’. In: 11th Laser Metrology for Precision Measurement and Inspection in Industry (LMPMI), 2nd-5th September 2014, EPOCHAL TSUKUBA Tsukuba, Japan
Elrawemi, M., Muhamedsalih, H., Blunt, L., Fleming, L., Martin, H. and Jiang, X. (2014) ‘Comparative study between online and offline defect assessment methods for roll to roll flexible PV modules’. In: 4th International Conference on Nanomanufacturing (nanoMan2014), 8-10 July, Bremen, Germany , pp. 1-5
Elrawemi, M., Blunt, L., Fleming, L., Sweeney, F. and Robbins, D. (2014) ‘Defect Detection in Thin-film Photovoltaics; Towards Improved Efficiency and Longevity’. In: The Fifth International Renewable Energy Congress, 25th-27th March 2014, Hammamet, Tunisia , pp. 524-528
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., Robbins, D., Fleming, L. and Elrawemi, M. (2013) ‘The Use of Feature Parameters to Assess 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
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
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 , pp. 71-76
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
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. 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 (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.
Research Degree Supervision
Areas of Interest
- Development of techniques to model skin integrity
- Innovations in woundcare
- Fretting wear of femoral stems in total hip replacement
- Applications of surface metrology
- Measurement of pressure shear and friction
- Please contact this member of staff to discuss possible opportunities.
Provision of measurement services and collaboration with several industrial partners, including:
- Rolls Royce
- Cummins Turbo Technologies
- DePuy International
Teaching and Professional Activities
- 2nd Year Thermofluids
- 1st Year Materials
- FY Investigative Engineering
Previous Teaching Experience:
- 1st Year Professional Studies
- 1st Year CAD
- 2nd Year Design
- 1st Year Mechanical Science
Supervision of Final Year/Masters and PhD Projects
Currently: Course Leader Engineering Foundation Year
Course Tutor: Engineering Foundation Year