Dr Frank Abraham

Dr Frank Abraham

Visiting Researcher

Faculty of Science and Engineering



Frank Abraham is the Associate Head (Engineering) of the School of Marine Science and Engineering at Plymouth University, UK. 

He is responsible for the Mechanical & Marine Engineering subject group and oversees the Civil and Coastal Engineering group as well. 

As an Associate Professor in Mechanical and Marine Engineering he is teaching in the fields of Engineering Design, CAD and Materials as well as leading research and development projects. 

Frank Abraham has conducted several state and industrial funded projects in different fields. 

He has previously worked as a Senior Lecturer at Department of Mechanical and Design Engineering (now School of Engineering) at the University of Portsmouth, UK.
Previous employments include, Postdoctoral Researcher Department Engineering Sciences, University of Oxford, UK, Tutorial Lecturer at St Anne’s College and St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford, UK, as well as Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Dundee, UK; Postdoctoral Researcher at the ACC, Automotive Competence Centre of the Hochschule Heilbronn, Heilbronn, Germany; Researcher at the Deutsches Institut für Kautschuktechnologie e.V., DIK, (German Institute of Rubber Technology), Hannover and Researcher at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover, Germany.



Research interests

  • Rubber technology
  • Fatigue and fracture mechanics
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Engineering design            
  • Advanced dynamic testing



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Abang Ismawi Hassim DH, Abraham F & Summerscales J (2020) 'Fatigue crack growth and fatigue fracture morphology of recycled rubber powder filled NR/BR blend compound' Rubber Chemistry and Technology , DOI Open access
Ramadhar AJ, Abraham F & McAllen C (2019) '“Gravity” - a new simple negative pressure wound therapy self-build design for low income countries' Journal of Medical Engineering and Technology 42, (7) 518-524 , DOI Open access
Abang-Ismawi-Hassim DH, Abraham F, Summerscales J & Brown P (2019) 'The effect of interface morphology in waste tyre rubber powder filled elastomeric matrices on the tear and abrasion resistance' eXPRESS Polymer Letters 13, (3) 248-260 Author Site Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Habibah A.I.H. D, Abraham F, Summerscales J & Brown P (2018) 'Fatigue Properties and Fracture Morphology of Micronised Rubber Powder (MRP) from Waste Tyres in Unfilled Elastomers' International Journal of Materials, Mechanics and Manufacturing 6, (4) 281-285 Author Site Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Abel EW, Abraham F & Mills RP (2010) 'A self-adjusting ossicular replacement prosthesis' Hearing Research 263, (1-2) 250-250 , DOI
Abraham F, Clauss G, Alshuth T & Kroll J (2005) 'Investigation and simulation of the influence of flaws on the cut growth resistance and the fatigue of elastomers' KGK-KAUTSCHUK GUMMI KUNSTSTOFFE 58, (11) 595-599 Author Site
Abraham F, Alshuth T & Jerrams S (2005) 'The effect of minimum stress and stress amplitude on the fatigue life of non strain crystallising elastomers' Materials & Design 26, (3) 239-245 , DOI
Bogun M, Abraham F, Muresan L, Schuster RH & Radusch HJ (2004) 'Rubber/filler-composites - Continuous and discontinuous mixing under aspects of the material quality' KAUTSCHUK GUMMI KUNSTSTOFFE 57, (7-8) 363-370 Author Site
Alshuth T & Abraham F (2003) 'Fatigue Properties of Elastomers - Parameter Dependence and Criteria' Muanyag Es Gumi/Plastics and Rubber 40, (10)
Abraham F, Alshuth T & Jerrams S (2002) 'Fatigue resistance of Elastomers in dependence of stress - Amplitude and minimum stress part II' KAUTSCHUK GUMMI KUNSTSTOFFE 55, (12) 674-678 Author Site
Alshuth T, Abraham F & Jerrams S (2002) 'Parameter Dependence and Prediction of Fatigue Properties of Elastomer Products' Rubber Chemistry and Technology 75, (4) 635-642 , DOI
Abraham F, Alshuth T & Jerrams S (2001) 'Fatigue resistance of elastomers in dependence of stress amplitude and minimum stress' KAUTSCHUK GUMMI KUNSTSTOFFE 54, (12) 643-+ Author Site
Abraham F, Alshuth T & Jerrams S (2001) 'Dependence on mean stress and stress amplitude of fatigue life of EPDM elastomers' Plastics, Rubber and Composites 30, (9) 421-425 , DOI
Buckley C, Abraham F & De Focatiis D (2009) 'Multi-axial viscoelastic deformation of carbon-black filled EPDM rubber' Constitutive Models for Rubber VI CRC Press 187-192 , DOI
Coveney VA (2006) 'Elastomers and components' Woodhead Publishing Limited , DOI
Conference Papers
Abraham F, Pandey M & Kannan K (2019) 'Abaqus implementation of a thermodynamically consistent constitutive model for non-linear response of compressible filled rubbers used in green tyres and rolling simulation' CRC Press 317-321 , DOI
Wimmer M, Ertl P, Schneider J & Abraham F (2019) 'Equibiaxial tension testing of rubber on a universal tension-testing machine' CRC Press 211-217 , DOI
Taha J, Salehi V & Abraham F (2018) 'Development of a Low Powered Wireless IoT Sensor Network based on MBSE' 2018 IEEE International Systems Engineering Symposium (ISSE) 0-/-1/20180-/-1/2018IEEE , DOI Open access
(2015) 'Analysing the deformation of the packer unit from a blowout preventer using finite element techniques' CRC Press 131-134 , DOI
Abraham F (2012) 'Definition and use of an effective flaw size for the simulation of elastomer fatigue' 331-335
Praeffcke J & Abraham F (2012) 'Potentials of FEA-simulation for elastomer stress softening in engineering practice' 375-380
Abraham F & Abel EW (2008) 'The new advanced high frequency testing device designed for elastomers and non-linear structures' 331-336
Abraham F, Clauß G & Alshuth T (2005) 'Testing and simulation of the influence of glass spheres on fatigue life and dynamic crack propagation of elastomers' 71-76