UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr Don Murray Clucas

Mechanical Engineering

Fields of Research

  • Additive Manufacture
  • Alternative Energy
  • Stirling Cycle Engines
  • 3d Scanning
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical Design
  • Rapid product development
  • Micro Cogeneration
  • Additive Manufacture of Engines
  • 3d Printing

Researcher Summary

Research interests include additive manufacture, mechanical engineering design, energy conversion, product innovation, engines, micro combined heat and power.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Groups

Future Research

  • Additive manufacture of working machines
  • Development of new additive manufacturing equipment
  • Domestic heat recovery systems
  • Use of combined additive manufacturing and 3D scanning equipment
  • Medical uses of additive manufacture
  • Stirling engine developments

Key Methodologies

  • Developing 3d printer technologies
  • Developing Stirling Engines
  • Developing Stirling engine systems
  • Developing micro combined heat and power systems
  • New product development
  • Researching 3d printing methods
  • 3d Scanning equipment
  • 3d Printing equipment

Affiliations

Prizes and Awards

  • Fellow Engineering New Zealand ( 2010 - 2018)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers ( 2005 - 2018)

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

Journal Articles
  • Tamadon A., Pons D., sued K. and Clucas D. (2018) Formation Mechanisms for Entry and Exit Defects in Bobbin Friction Stir Welding. Metals 2018 8(1) 21 http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/met8010033.
  • Tamadon A., Pons DJ., Sued K. and Clucas D. (2017) Development of metallographic etchants for the microstructure evolution of A6082-t6 BFSW welds. Metals 7(10) 423: 17. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/met7100423.
  • Clucas D. and Gutschmidt S. (2016) 3D Printed Stirling Engines for Education of Machine Design and Analysis. Athens Journal of Technology & Engineering (in press)
  • Huetter L., Geoghegan PH., Docherty PD., Lazarjan MS., Clucas D. and Jermy MC. (2016) Fabrication of a compliant phantom of the human aortic arch for use in Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) experimentation.
  • Sharifi M., Young MS., Chen XQ., Clucas D. and Pretty C. (2016) Mechatronic design and development of a non-holonomic omnidirectional mobile robot for automation of primary production. Cogent Engineering 3(1) 1250431: 14. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23311916.2016.1250431.
  • Clucas DM. and Gutschmidt S. (2015) 3D Printed Stirling Engine for Education of Machine Design and Analysis. Athens Journal of Technology and Engineering (March 2016): 53-69.
  • Lim CG., Campbell DI. and Clucas DM. (2014) Rapid prototyping technology in orbital floor reconstruction: application in three patients. Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstruction 7(2): 143-146. http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0034-1371080.
  • Clucas D. and Raine J. (1994) A New Wobble Yoke Drive with Particular Application in A Stirling Engine. Journal of Mech. Eng. Sci. Proc of Inst. of Mechanical Engrs. (Part C, Vol 208, 1994)
  • Clucas D. and Raine J. (1994) Development of a Hermetically Sealaed Stirling Engine Battery Charger. Journal of Mech. Eng. Sci, Proc. of Inst. or Mech. Engrs
Conference Contributions - Published
  • Clucas DM. and Egas J. (2017) Additive Manufactured Functional Prime Mover. Melbourne, Australia: 1st International Conference on Energy and Power (ICEP2016), 14-16 Dec 2016. In Energy Procedia 110: 136-142. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.118.
  • Dimartino D., Fee CJ., Huber T., Clucas D., Nawada S., Gordon A., Dolamore F. and Rezanavaz, R. (2017) 3D printing of chromatographic media: what impact will this produce in the separation sciences? Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Eighth International Symposium on the Separation and Characterization of Natural and Synthetic Macromolecules, 1-3 Feb 2017.
  • Dimartino S., Nawada S., Dolamore F., Gordon A., Rezanavaz R., Huber T., Clucas D. and Fee CJ. (2016) Experimental and computational evaluation of new designs for 3D printed chromatography media. Salzburg, Austria: International Symposium on the Separation of Proteins, Peptides and Polynucleotides 2016, 6-9 Nov 2016.
  • Keerthy CDS., Tamadon A., Pons DJ., Sued MK., Clucas DM. and Wong EW. (2016) Preparation of Plasticine Material for Analogue Modelling. Auckland, New Zealand: International Conference on Innovative Design and Manufacturing, 24-26 Jan 2016.
  • Tamadon A., Keerthy CDS., Pons DJ., Sued MK., Clucas DM. and Wong EW. (2016) Analogue Modelling Of Bobbing Tool Friction Stir Welding. Auckland, New Zealand: International Conference on Innovative Design and Manufacturing, 24-26 Jan 2016.
  • Huetter L., Geoghegan PH., Docherty PD., Lazarjan MS., Clucas D. and Jermy MC. (2015) Application of a meta-analysis of aortic geometry to the generation of a compliant phantom for use in particle image velocimetry experimentation. Berlin, Germany: 9th IFAC Symposium on Biological and Medical Systems (BMS 2015), 31 Aug-2 Sep 2015. In Proceedings of the 9th IFAC Symposium on Biological and Medical Systems: 6pp.
Conference Contributions - Other
  • Clucas DM. (2017) The WhisperGen Story. A Manufacturing and Design Success or Failure? Auckland: Manufacturing and Design for the Future, 10-11 May 2017
  • Fee C., Dimartino S., Clucas D., Huber T., Nawada S., Dolamore F., Gordon A. and Rezanavaz R. (2015) Disrupting The Packed Bed: 3D Printing of Chromatography Columns. Philadelphia, PA, USA: 28th Symposium on Preparative and Process Chromatography (PREP 2015), 26-29 Jul 2015
  • Fee CJ., Dimartino S., Nawada S., Huber T., Clucas D., Dolamore F., Gordon A. and Vilmay M. (2015) 3D Printed Resins: a novel alternative to pre-packed chromatography columns? Munich, Germany: Downstream Processing World Congress, 24-25 Feb 2015
  • Nawada S., Dimartino S., Fee CJ., Huber T. and Clucas D. (2015) Effects of Line Defects in Porous Media Studied through 3D Printing. Wellington, New Zealand: BioProcessing Network Conference, 21-22 Sep 2015
  • Nawada S., Dimartino S., Fee CJ., Huber T. and Clucas DM. (2015) Effects of Line Defects in Porous Media Studied through 3D Printing. Philadelphia, PA, USA: 28th Symposium on Preparative and Process Chromatography (PREP 2015), 26-29 Jul 2015
  • Clucas DM. (2014) Additive Manufacture of a Working Engine. Detroit, MI, USA: RAPID Conference and Exposition 2014, 9-12 Jun 2014
  • Dimartino S. (2014) 3D Printing of Porous Media and The Microstructural Scale. Rostock, Germany: 16th Recovery of Biological Products Conference (RXVI), 27-31 Jul 2014
  • Dimartino S., Fee CJ., Clucas D., Huber T., Vilmay M., Nawada S. and Gordon F. (2014) 3D Printing of Microstructured Chromatographic Media. Melbourne, Australia: BioProcessing Network Conference 2014, 21-23 Oct 2014
  • Gopal V., Duke R. and Clucas D. (2010) Design and Development of a Test Rig to Validate the Concept of an Active Stirling Engine. Australia: IEEE Universities Power Engineering Conference, 1 Jan 2010
  • Gopal V., Duke R. and Clucas D. (2009) Active Stirling Engine. Japan: IEEE 10 Conference 2009, 1 Jan 2009
  • Clucas D. and Moriarty D. (2004) Personal Power Station. Efficient and Clean in Home Heat and Electricity Production. Germany: International Stirling Engine Forum, 1 Jan 2004
  • Clucas D. and Raine J. (1997) The WhisperGen strategy for commercoal production. Germany: International Stirling Engine Conference, 1 Jan 1997
  • Clucas D., Raine J. and Highet W. (1997) Micro Combined Heat and Power. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Institute of Gas Engineers, 1 Jan 1997
  • Clucas D. and Raine J. (1993) Stirling Engine Battery Charger. Chiang Mai Thailand: International Conference on Small Engines and Their Fuels, 1 Jan 1993
  • Clucas D. and Raine J. (1993) The Design of a Stirling Engine Battery Charger for Yachts. Eindhoven, Netherlands: International Stirling Engine Conference, 1 Jan 1993
  • Clucas D., Raine J. and Tucker A. (1992) A Stirling Engine Battery Charger for Yachts. Nelson, New Zealand: Proc. IPENZ Annual Conference, 1 Jan 1992
Intellectual Property
  • Clucas DM., Kimber AE. and Chokardell FSG. (2010) Cogeneration System.Patent No. WO/2011/068419.
  • Clucas DM. (2007) Reciprocating Piston Machine With Oscillating Balancing Rotors.Patent No. US20100176591.
  • Fanner DI., Clucas DM., Thomson MH. and Diehl AK. (2007) Liner-Rotary Motion Conversion Mechanism.Patent No. EP2097614.
  • Chokardell F., Kimber A., Mentink G. and Clucas D. (2006) Variable Thermal Output Cogeneration System.Patent No. WO/2012/015318.
  • Clucas DM. (2006) Cogeneration System With Bypass Exhaust Passage.Patent No. WO/2006/135260.
  • Clucas DM. (2006) Improved multi cylinder free piston machine.Patent No. WO/2009/017429.
  • Clucas DM. and Kumar V. (2006) A Cogeneration System.Patent No. WO/2009/099343.
  • Clucas DM. and Robertson B. (2006) Stirling Machine.Patent No. WO/2007/030021.
  • Clucas DM. and Rusk R. (2006) Sealed Engine/compressor Housing Comprising an Adsorption Element.Patent No. WO/2009/031908.
  • Clucas DM. (2003) Recuperative Heater for and External combustion Engine.Patent No. WO/2003/072921.
  • Clucas DM. and De Abaffy AJ. (2001) Assembly and Mounting of an Engine Mechanism.Patent No. US6637312.
  • Clucas DM. and Mentink GJ. (2000) Stirling Engine Burner.Patent No. US6220030.
  • Clucas DM. and Aitken MB. (1999) Improvements in Co-Generation Systems.Patent No. WO/1999/040310.
  • Clucas DM. (1994) Heat Recovery System for Showers.Patent No. 250784.
  • Clucas DM. (1993) Wobble Yoke Assembly.Patent No. WO/1994/027064.
Reports
  • Clucas DM. (2016) 3D technology brings antiquities closer. In Chronicle, University of Canterbury. Commissioned by University of Canterbury. 18.
  • Clucas DM. and Aplin J. (2015) University of Canterbury Adding Additive Manufacturing.Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology. 14-15.
  • Clucas DM., Aplin J. and Green D. (2015) University of Canterbury Adding Additive Manufacturing.NZ Manufacturer. Commissioned by Manufacturing New Zealand. 19.
Oral Presentations
  • Gordon A., Fee CJ., Dimartino S., Nawada S., Huber T. and Clucas D. (2016) 3D-Printed Agarose Cation-Exchange Monoliths for Protein Capture from Solids-Laden Feeds. Bermuda: Recovery of Biological Products XVII.
  • Clucas DM. (2015) Additive Manufacturing, not how it works... What's being Made. Christchurch, New Zealand: http://www.southmach.co.nz/.
Other
  • Clucas DM. (2014) Projectstoprint.com. [Web site for the purpose of publishing machine designs].
Film/Video
  • Clucas DM.(2014) 3D Printed Stirling Engine. [Video].
  • Clucas DM.(2014) Fully 3D Printed Stirling Engine.
Theses / Dissertations
  • Clucas D. (1994) Development of a Stirling Engine Battery Charger Based on a Low Cost Wobble Mechanism. Christchurch, New Zealand. University of Canterbury.