Dr Alistair Cree
Profiles

Dr Alistair Cree

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering & Marine Technology

School of Marine Science and Engineering (Faculty of Science & Environment)

Role

I am the Associate Head (Mechanical Engineering) in the School of  Engineering.

Qualifications

PhD for thesis entitled "Fatigue in Anodized Aluminium Alloys", The Open University 2002.
MSc Combined Studies (Materials Engineering with Education), Loughborough  University  1993.
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Physics), Leicester University 1983.
BSc(Hons) Materials Engineering, Loughborough University of Technology 1980.

Professional membership

Chartered Engineer (CEng) April 1998.
Chartered Physicist (CPhys) December 1995.
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Department for Education. July 1983.
Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP) May 2011.
Fellow of the Institute of Metal Finishers (FIMF), February 2008.
European Engineer (EUR ING) June 2003.

Roles on external bodies

I am active within the Institute of Physics as a member of their interviewing and approval panel for candidates seeking professional registration as Chartered Engineer. 

Staff serving as external examiners

External examiner for a PhD Mechanical Engineering, Royal Military College, Kingston, Canada. August 2006.
External examiner for a PhD Mechanical Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University. September 2012
External examiner for a PhD Materials Engineering, Loughborough University. November 2012.
External examiner for a PhD Mechanical Engineering, Portsmouth University. March 2014.

Research interests

My research is mainly concerned the influence of thin-films coatings on the fatigue and fracture properties of high strength aluminium alloys and other materials and the evolution and damage of microstructure under fatigue loading conditions in ferrous and non-ferrous engineering alloys. 

Journal and Conference Publications

R. Sieh, H. R. Le and A. M. Cree

Process optimisation of non-cyanide Ag–PTFE metal matrix composite electroplating for threaded connections.

Transactions of the IMF, Volume 93, Issue 5, 2015.

E. Akpan, H. R. Le, A. M. Cree.

Electrodeposition and Characterisation of Diamond-like-carbon Coating for Offshore Pipeline Connections.

International Conference on Diamond and Carbon Materials, Bad Homburg, Germany, 6-10 September 2015.

R. Sieh, H. R. Le, A.M. Cree.

Advanced Nanocomposite Coating for Offshore Threaded Connections.

9th Nanosmat International Conference, Sep 8-11, 2014, Dublin, Ireland.

B. F. J. da Silva and A. M. Cree (poster presentation)
Torsional and Bending Fatigue in Electro-less Nickel Coated Polyamide (Nylon 6,6)
TransFair 2013, Institute of Materials Finishing Conference
11-13 June, Gaydon, Warwickshire, U.K, 2013. 

A. M. Cree, M. Devlin, G. Critchlow and T. Hirst
Fatigue and fracture assessment of toxic metal replacement coatings for aerospace applications.
Transactions of the Institute of Metal Finishers 88, 6, 303-310, 2010.

R. Brown, D.R. Maddala and A. M. Cree
The effect of corrosion resistant non-chromate surface treatments on the fatigue behaviour of aluminium alloys. RINA International Conference on Marine and Offshore Coatings.
17 - 18 February 2010, London, UK.

G. Critchlow, K. Yendall, T. Cartwright, I. Ashcroft, A.M. Cree, T. Hirst.
The fatigue behaviour of state-of-the-art duplex oxides on aluminium 2XXX from the anodising route.
Proceedings of the First International Conference on Light Alloy Surface Treatments.
26 - 27 October 2009, Paris, France.

A. M. Cree, M. Devlin and G. Critchlow.
Fatigue and Fracture Assessment of Toxic Metal Replacement Coatings for Maritime and Aerospace Applications. 13th CF/DRDC Meeting on Naval Applications of Materials Technology.
7 - 9 April 2009, Victoria B.C, Canada.

A. M. Cree, D.L. DuQuesnay and G.W. Weidmann.
Crack closure measurement using a side-face strain gauge technique.
6th International Conference on Durability and Fatigue.
26 - 28 March 2007, Queens College, Cambridge, UK.

A. M. Cree , G.W. Weidmann and S.V. Hainsworth.
A new strain-energy method for determining residual stresses in anodized thin films.
Transactions of the Institute of Metal Finishers 84, 5, 246-251, (2006).

A.M. Cree and G.W. Weidmann.
Fatigue crack growth in anodized aluminium alloys.
RINA International Conference on Advanced Marine Materials & Coatings.
22 - 23 February 2006, London, UK.

A.M. Cree and G.W. Weidmann.
Residual stress determination in an anodized film.
11th CF/DRDC Meeting on Naval Applications of Materials Technology. 
7 - 9 June 2005 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

A.M. Cree.
Accelerated fatigue crack growth in high strength aluminium alloys.
4th International Conference on Thin-Walled Structures (ICTWS 4).
22 - 24 June 2004, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, U.K.

A. M. Cree 
Film-assisted fatigue crack growth in anodised aluminium alloys.
10th CF/DRDC Meeting on Naval Applications of Materials Technology.
13-15 May 2003 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

A. M. Cree
and G.W.Weidmann.
The fracture and fatigue properties of anodized aluminium alloy.
Transactions of the Institute of Metal Finishers 75, 5, 199‑202, (1997).

A. M. Cree and G.W.Weidmann.
Effect of anodized coatings on fatigue crack growth rates in an aluminium alloy.
Surface Engineering 13, 1, 1‑5 (1997).

A. M. Cree and G.W. Weidmann.
Fatigue crack growth in an anodized aluminium alloy.  (Poster presentation)
Surface Engineering: Fundamentals to Applications.
25‑27 March 1997 University of Leeds. U.K.

A. M. Cree and G.W. Weidmann.
Effect of anodized coatings on fatigue crack growth rates in an aluminium alloy.
10th International Conference on Surface Modification Technologies (SMT 10).
2‑4 September 1996. Singapore.

A.M. Cree and G.W. Weidmann.
Influence of boric acid‑sulphuric anodizing on fatigue crack growth rates in aluminium alloys.
Engineering Against Fatigue.
17‑21 March 1997, University of Sheffield. U.K.

M.E.Fitzpatrick, D.Bhattacharjee, A.M.Cree and C.R.S.Daykin.
Is fatigue surface roughness a sufficient condition for the generation of crack closure ?
Scripta Materialia 35, 11, 1335‑1340, (1996).

A. M. Cree, G.W.Weidmann and R.Hermann.
Film assisted fatigue crack propagation in anodized aluminium alloys.
Journal of Materials Science Letters 14, 1505‑1507, (1995).

A. M. Cree, R.G.Faulkner and A.T.Lyne.
Cementite particle coarsening during spheroidisation of bearing steel SAE 52100.
Materials Science and Technology 11, 566‑571, (1995).

Other academic activities

Associate Lecturer with the South West region of the Open University. Courses: Engineering the Future (T173), Structural Integrity (T357) and the Honours Engineering Project course (T450). 

Additional information

AWARDS AND PRIZES

1995 awarded the Reynolds Prize by the Institute of Polmer Technology and Materials Engineering, Loughborough University for the best research paper published whilst a student .

2007 awarded the Jim Kape Memorial Medal by The Institute of Metal Finishers (U.K). This medal is presented from time to time for a paper of significance in the field of Aluminium Finishing.

2010 awarded the Jim Kape Memorial Medal by The Institute of Materials Finishing (U.K). This medal is presented from time to time for a paper of significance in the field of Aluminium Finishing.