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David Clark  BEng (Hons), PhD, FHEA

Dr David Clark

BEng (Hons), PhD, FHEA

Senior Lecturer

School of Engineering

Email
ClarkD@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 29208 75070
Campuses
Queen's Buildings - East Building, Room E3.23, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
cymraeg
Welsh speaking
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

I am a Senior Lecturer, conducting research into high voltage insulation systems for aerospace, lightning protection and direct effects and power system earthing. I teach a variety of subjects on both the Electrical & Electronic and Integrated engineering degree schemes at Cardiff, specialising in electromagnetics and power engineering.

As deputy-director of the Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory, I am involved with a range of industrially-focussed projects concerned with the impact of lightning on materials and structures, and the effective operation of lightning protection schemes. We work closely with the aerospace, power and telecommunications sectors at the early stages of technology readiness, to develop solutions for earthing and lightning protection.

I am also involved with research projects on lightning protection and electrical safety cases for community nanogrid schemes in developing countries, and measuring the ecological impact of lightning in the tropics as a consequence and possible driver of climate change.

Publication

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Articles

Conferences

Thesis

Research

Research Interests:

  • Insulation Coordination at Altitude
  • Atmospheric Correction in Electrical Insulation Systems
  • Lightning Direct Effects
  • Lightning Electrostatics and Electromagnetics
  • Earthing and Grounding
  • Ecological Impacts of Lightning
  • High Voltage and High Current Measurement techniques
  • Optical Sensing and Measurement for Harsh Electromagnetic Environments
  • Computational Electromagentics


Research Contracts:

Project TitleGrant HoldersFunderValue (ENGIN)Duration

Identification and quantification of g3 gas arcing by-products and their implication for GIS operation

A Haddad
M Albano
D Clark
D Mitchard

National Grid Electricity Transmission PLC£1,611,61911/2022 - 03/2026
Toward evaluating the performance of high voltage insulation for aerospace

D Clark

EPSRC DTE+ Network£33,55805/2022 - 11/2022
Modelling and Simulation of Radome Lightning Protection

A Haddad
D Clark

Airbus ENDEAVR Wales£240,00010/2019 - 12/2021
Robust Extra-Low Cost Nanogrids (RELCON)

M McCulloch 
D Rogers 
D Clark
I Nyamongo

EPSRC£244,08605/2018 - 04/2021
Understanding the effects of condensation on electrical discharge phenomena in next generation more/all-electric and hybrid aircraftD ClarkEPSRC£101,01502/2018 - 11/2019
High frequency earthing and its impact on the transmission systemA Haddad
D Clark
S Robson
National Grid£292,23203/2019 - 05/2021
Characterization and modelling of SOP transients due to lightning strikes in OPGW cables

A Haddad
D Clark

Huawei Technologies Dusseldorff GmbH£116,96601/2018 - 02/2019
Protection of Structures from Lightning Strikes (PROTEST)

A Haddad
C Featherston
M Eaton
P Prokopovich
D Clark

ATI
InnovateUK
Airbus
£546,90603/2014 - 01/2019
Dynamic capacitive sensor for the measurement of millimeter-displacement of carbon composite panels: Applications to aircraft materials subjected to lightning strikesA Haddad
D Mitchard
H Griffiths
D Clark
Ser Cymru NRN Swansea£115,21101/2015 - 12/2016

Other Projects:

Project TitleProject PartnersFunderValueDuration
Lightning: An invisible driver of tree mortality in the tropics?

University of Exeter
University of Edinburgh
Cardiff University

NERC£654,00001/2017 - 12/2021

Internships:

Project TitleStudentFunderValueDuration
Lightning damage assessment in aerospace fastener assembliesAlexander WashbourneCUROP£1,44006/2017 - 09/2017
The musical Tesla coil – development of a high-voltage demonstration and training tool using embedded hardware and LabVIEWMoucheng XuCUROP£1,44006/2015 - 09/2015
Optimisation of the Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory Control and Data Acquisition SystemLuca MartinelliCUROP£1,44006/2014- 09/2014

Teaching

I am a senior lecturer and outgoing Year 3 / Project tutor for the EEE discipline. I also sit on the Degree-Apprenticeship partnership board

I have teaching responsibilities on the following taught programmes:

  • Integrated Engineering (BEng / MEng)
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering (BEng / MEng)
  • Electrical Energy Systems (MSc)

I am Module Leader and contributing lecturer on the following courses:

  • Power Engineering & Electrical Materials (Year 1)
  • Engineering Project Management (Year 3) - advisory
  • Individual Project (Year 3) - advisory

Contributing lecurer on modules:

  • Electromagnetics & Electronic Materials (Year 1)
  • Fields, Waves & Lines (Year 2)
  • Power Systems Analysis (Year 2)
  • Automotive Design (Year 4)
  • Electric Vehicle Design (Year 4)

Project supervisor and/or examiner on modules:

  • Group Design Project (Year 2)
  • Engineering Project Management (Year 3)
  • Individual Project (Year 3)
  • Group Project (Year 4 - MEng)
  • Automotive Design (Year 4 - MEng)
  • Electric Vehicle Design (Year 4 - MEng)
  • Research Study (MSc)
  • Dissertation (MSc)

Previous module contributions:

  • Network Analysis (Year 1)
  • Power Engineering 1 (Year 1)
  • Electromagnetics 1 & Electrical Materials (Year 1)
  • Electromagnetic Fields and Transmission Lines (Year 2)
  • Power Engineering 2 (Year 2)
  • Power Engineering 3 (Year 2)
  • Group Design Project (Year 2)
  • Project (Year 3)
  • Power Systems Analysis (Year 3)

I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Undergraduate Teaching and Learning and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Biography

Appointments

  • 08/2020 - present: Senior Lecturer in High Voltage and High Current Engineering, School of Engineering, Cardiff University
  • 01/2014 - present: Deputy Director, Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory, School of Engineering, Cardiff University
  • 01/2014 - 07/2020: Lecturer in High Voltage and High Current Engineering, School of Engineering, Cardiff University
  • 04/2012 - 12/2013: Research Associate, School of Engineering, Cardiff University
  • 10/2007 - 03/2012: PGR Teaching Assistant, School of Engineering, Cardiff University

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Undergraduate Teaching & Learning (PgCUTL), Cardiff University, Wales, UK, 2017
  • Ph.D – Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Cardiff University, Wales, UK, 2012
  • BEng – Electrical & Electronic Engineering (1st Class), Cardiff University, Wales, UK, 2007

Honours and awards

Teaching of the Year Awards 2016-2017

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)

Committees and reviewing

  • Journal Reviewer - IEEE, IET and MDPI Journals

Previous

  • Organising Committee - Universities' High Votlage Network (UHVNet) Conference, 2022
  • Academic Contributor - EUROCAE WG31 - Lightning
  • IET Electromagnetics TPN Committee

PhD Vivas (External)

  • 2021 - Jing Qiang (Supervised by Prof. J. Yan, University of Liverpool)

PhD Vivas (Internal)

  • 2023 - Mohamed Alruwaili (Supervised by Prof. Liana Cipcigan)
  • 2023 - Ehsan Mohamed Altayef (Supervised by Dr Fatih Anayi)
  • 2018 - Saodah Binti Omar (Supervised by Prof H Griffiths)

PhD Vivas (Chair)

  • 2022 - Xibo Yuan (Supervised by Prof Jun Liang)
  • 2021 - Davide Pinzan (Supervised by Prof Manu Haddad)

Supervisions

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Insulation Coordination at Altitude
  • Atmospheric Correction in Electrical Insulation Systems
  • Lightning Direct Effects
  • Lightning Electrostatics and Electromagnetics
  • Earthing and Grounding
  • High Voltage and High Current Measurement techniques
  • Optical Sensing and Measurement for Harsh Electromagnetic Environments

Current supervision

Sofia Mavidou

Sofia Mavidou

Research student

Specialisms

  • Aerospace materials
  • Engineering electromagnetics
  • Earthing systems
  • High Voltage Engineering
  • Plasmas and Electrical Discharges