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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.
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
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 . 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.