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Professor John Bouchard graduated in Mechanical Engineering (1976) and obtained an MSc in Physics of Materials (1977) at the University of Bristol. In 2007, John was awarded a Royal Society Industry Fellowship and appointed Professor of Materials for Energy at the Open University in 2008.

John’s first appointment for a Civil Engineering Consultancy broadened his engineering horizon before joining Rolls-Royce (1979) and specialising in stress and fracture analysis of rotating gas turbine components. From 1986 to 2008, John worked in the nuclear power generation industry in the field of structural integrity (supporting safety cases) and became recognised as the company residual stress expert.

From 1995 onwards, he initiated and managed many industry and EU-funded structural integrity related research projects. Since coming to the Open University, John has raised external income exceeding £2.5m (EPSRC, Royal Society, EMDA, industry) and doubled the number of researchers and laboratory facilities of the Materials Engineering Group which currently comprises 11 academics, 15 PhD students and 5 post-doctoral researchers.

Research interests

The mechanical performance of materials and structures for energy applications including cyclic, creep, crack growth and fracture behaviours, and the prediction, measurement and management of welding residual stress.


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