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Senior Specialist Engineer - Structural Simulation



1) How long have you worked for Triumph?

19 years.

2) What education did you have prior to working for Triumph?

I studied at the University of Southampton and left with a 1st class MEng in Mechanical Engineering.   I later gained a CEng through the IMechE whilst working at Triumph.

3) Why did you choose to work for Triumph?

When  I  left  university,  I  wanted  to  design  internal  combustion  engines.  Through my own research I had discovered Triumph designed and built their own engines and so I applied.  Through the recruitment process I realised I would have responsibility for designing larger sections of the engine than I would at the large automotive companies and would gain wider experience more quickly.  I was offered a role in one of the powertrain design teams and accepted.

4) Where else have you worked within Triumph?

I  have  worked  in  powertrain  design  teams  as  a  design  engineer,  project engineer and team leader across many different projects before going into the more specialized area of simulation.

5. What work do you get involved in on a day-to-day basis at Triumph?

I carry out structural finite element analysis on many powertrain and chassis components both during the design phase and as a problem-solving tool in the development phase. This enables us to optimize our components for mass and durability, maximizing performance and allows us to rapidly solve development issues when they occur.

I also develop and refine simulation methodology that is then used by other engineers across the design department.

6. What role do you have within your team at Triumph and how do they help you?

I work within a team of specialist engineers covering different types of simulation including FEA and CFD (computational fluid dynamics).  Whilst we have our individual specialisms, we often collaborate to share ideas which is particularly important in solving urgent development issues.

As a great deal of simulation also occurs within the design teams, I also provide  support  and  advice  to  engineers  who  are  conducting  simulation activities but are not specialists.

7. What do you like best about Triumph?

The opportunity to apply my skills and experience to the design of actual motorcycles which are then sold and used by customers all over the world.  It  is  great  to  be  able  to  apply  simulation  methodologies  to  real-life products and be able to see and enjoy the fruition of our hard work.

Being able  to  track  each  motorcycle  from  concept  to  production  allows  us  to continually hone our simulation processes which in turn continually improves our motorcycles.

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