Associate ProfessorDirk Pons

Civil Mechanical E544
Internal Phone: 95826
Industrial and management engineering

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Main research areas are special purpose machine design, industrial plant and simulation of processes, engineering professional practice, engineering safety including risk and human factors, biomedical engineering, and systems engineering.

INDUSTRIAL R&D AND SPECIAL PURPOSE MACHINE DESIGN: Injection molding, bobbin friction stir welding, 3D printing, plant simulation. Also specific research in industrial areas as the need arises. Examples are manufacture of wire fencing, internal combustion engine, food processing plant, solar desalination.

Research in ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: ethics, biculturalism, environmental, life cycle, society, communication, legal, pedagogy, graduate attributes.

Research in ENGINEERING SAFETY: manufacturing and plant safety, safe systems, health & safety methods, risk, reliability engineering, human error, human factors, disaster analysis, long term (chronic) health & quality of life.

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING: clinical engineering, musculoskeletal biomechanics, medical devices.

DESIGN, ANALYSIS AND MANUFACTURING: lean, minimisation of waste, plant simulation, production engineering, environmental issues, life cycle assessment, engineering design, finite element analysis, commissioning.

SYSTEMS ENGINEERING: requirements analysis, engineering project management, V processes, commissioning.

FOUNDATIONAL MECHANICS: physics theory development at the sub-particle level (no supervision offered).

I offer supervision to PhD and Masters students.

Recent Publications

  • Aust J. and Pons D. (2019) Taxonomy of Gas Turbine Blade Defects. Aerospace 6(5) 58: 35. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/aerospace6050058.
  • Aust. and Pons. (2019) Bowtie Methodology for Risk Analysis of Visual Borescope Inspection during Aircraft Engine Maintenance. Aerospace 6(10): 110-110. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/aerospace6100110.
  • Bagalkot A., Pons D., Clucas D. and Symons D. (2019) A methodology for setting the injection moulding process parameters for polymer rapid tooling inserts. Rapid Prototyping Journal 25(9): 1493-1505. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/RPJ-10-2017-0217.
  • Bagalkot A., Pons D., Symons D. and Clucas D. (2019) Categorization of failures in polymer rapid tools used for injection molding. Processes 7(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/pr7010017.
  • Blair N., Pons D. and Krumdieck S. (2019) Electrification in Remote Communities: Assessing the Value of Electricity Using a Community Action Research Approach in Kabakaburi, Guyana. Sustainability 11(9) 2566: 31. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su11092566.