Dr Chun Hean Lee
- Lecturer (Infrastructure & Environment)
I graduated with a BEng in Civil Engineering from Swansea University in 2007, followed by a PhD from the same institution. My PhD focused on the proof-of-concept development of a new system of first order conservation laws for computational solid dynamics (http://ukacm.org/wp-content/uploads/phdThesis/2012_CHLee.pdf). After graduating in 2012, I joined the EU funded “ASTUTE” project. In 2015, I was appointed as a Ser Cymru Research Fellow of the Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering at Swansea University.
I am currently a lecturer for the School of Engineering and a member of the Glasgow Computational Engineering Centre (https://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/gcec/), a subgroup of the Infrastructure and Environment Research Division.
My research interests are in computational mechanics, with special emphasis on the development, analysis and application of non-conventional computational methods for large strain fast solid dynamics. Specifically, a new computational paradigm is established on the basis of a new set of physical laws. These laws can be re-formulated as a system of first order conservation laws, with a similar structure to the mathematical equations used in CFD. The new approach lays the foundation for a unified modelling of multiple physics problems, including thermo-elasticity, fluid structure interaction and electromechanics. I am also interested in developing new computational methods for modelling of protection systems subjected to hyper-velocity impact. The applications include high strain rate material failure, gas pipe explosions/implosions and spacecraft shielding.
- H2020 Marie Curie ETN, 2017-2021 Title: Industrial decision-making on complex production technologies supported by simulation-based engineering (ProTechTion). Total budget: €3.83 M. Estimated budget allocated to Swansea University: €546.5 K, Co-I at Swansea University.
- Sêr Cymru National Research Network Early Career Personal Fellowship award, 2015-2018 Title: Bridging the gap between computational fluid and solid dynamics: embedding advanced technologies into Welsh industries through massive parallelisation, £150.0 K, PI.
Current PhD students
- A first order conservation laws for computational contact mechanics (first supervisor)
- A new computational tool for Fluid Structure Interaction in OpenFOAM (second supervisor)
- SPH for dynamic fracture (second supervisor)
- A first order hyperbolic framework for thermo-elasticity (second supervisor)
Completed PhD projects
- An upwind cell centred finite volume method for large strain explicit solid dynamics in OpenFOAM (thesis, awarded in 2018)
- A vertex centred finite volume algorithm for fast dynamics: Total and Updated Lagrangian descriptions (awarded in 2019)
I am also looking for self-motivated students to work on PhD research in Computational Mechanics. Below is a list of potential PhD topics:
- Eulerian conservation law formulation for solid dynamics
- Mechanis of Structures 2A
- Honourary Research Associate, Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering (ZCCE), Swansea University, 2018-Present.