Bobby Huxford is a PhD student on a College of Engineering & Informatics scholarship under the supervision of Dr Ronan. Bobby’s research topic is toughening mechanisms in composite, biological, and structured materials

Bobby completed his Masters in Energy Systems Engineering (graduating 2016) and a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering (graduating 2015) both in NUI Galway.

His Master’s thesis involved modelling the thermodynamic and chemical processes in the conversion of biomass to synthetic fuel in a pyrolysis reactor for industrial applications. He has also worked on a proof of concept stage of development for a commercial finite element code.

In his current work as a PhD student, he is examining the role of extrinsic toughening mechanisms, such as fibre bridging, in natural and synthetic composite materials.

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