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Dr Helen Louise Lockett

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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in General Engineering
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Engineering & Innovation
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Professional biography

Dr Helen Lockett joined the Open University in April 2017 as Senior Lecturer in General Engineering. She was previously Senior Lecturer in Computer Integrated Design in the Centre for Aeronautics at Cranfield University. Helen has a BSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Sussex and undertook her PhD in knowledge based design for manufacture as a staff candidate at Cranfield University. Helen was the Course Director of the part-time Aircraft Engineering MSc at Cranfield University from 2001 - 2014. 

Helen is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society. She is also a STEM Ambassador and has worked with local schools and businesses to encourage young people to consider careers in Engineering.

Research interests

Helen’s research interests are in the development of computational design tools to support design for assembly and manufacture, with a particular interest in designing for additive manufacture.  Most previous research has related to aircraft design applications. She has participated in many Innovate UK, EPSRC and EU Framework projects over the last 20 years and also undertaken industry funded research projects for BAE SYSTEMS, Bombardier Aerospace and Aircraft Research Association.

Recent Research Activities include:

  • Design project leader for WAAMMat programme to increase the maturity of Wire+Arc Additive Manufacture (www.waammat.com). 
  • Co-investigator for Airbus/ ATI funded project “Future of Aircraft Factory” (FOAF), leading a design work package to ease the aircraft systems installation process
  • Co-investigator for EPSRC funded project “Ready to Use Additive Manufacture” (RUAM) investigating the design capabilities of Wire + Arc Additive Manufacture. 
  • Co-investigator for EPSRC funded project “Assessing the value created by Product Service Systems” which developed a methodology to help industry to assess the value of products and services to their customers
  • Co-investigator for EPSRC funded project “Capability based PSS conceptual design” which developed a framework to inform Product Service Systems conceptual design through capturing and analysing data collected from products and services in-use.

I welcome applications from PhD students in engineering design, design for manufacture, computer aided design and additive manufacture.

Publications

Design for Wire + Arc Additive Manufacture: design rules and build orientation selection (2017-10-01)
Lockett, Helen; Ding, Jialuo; Williams, Stewart and Martina, Filomeno
Journal of Engineering Design ((Early Access))
An Automated Maintainability Prediction Tool Integrated with Computer Aided Design (2017-05-09)
Lockett, H.L. and Arvanitopoulos-Darginis, K.
Procedia CIRP, 60 (pp. 440-445)
An Investigation into the Interrelationship between Aircraft Systems and Final Assembly Process Design (2017)
Li, Tao and Lockett, Helen
Procedia CIRP, 60 (pp. 62-67)
Aircraft Wing Build Philosophy Change through System Pre-Equipping of Major Components (2016-09-27)
Judt, D.; Forster, K.; Lockett, H.; Lawson, C. and Webb, P.
SAE International Journal of Aerospace, 9(1) (pp. 190-197)
Design study for wire and arc additive manufacture (2014)
Mehnen, Jorn; Ding, Jialuo; Lockett, Helen and Kazanas, Panos
International Journal of Product Development, 19(1/2/3) (pp. 2-20)
Applying Design for Assembly Principles in Computer Aided Design to Make Small Changes that Improve the Efficiency of Manual Aircraft Systems Installations (2014)
Lockett, Helen; Fletcher, Sarah and Luquet, Nicolas
SAE International Journal of Aerospace, 7(2) (284 - 291)
Assessing the value dimensions of outsourced maintenance services (2013)
Toossi, Amir; Lockett, Helen Louise; Raja, Jawwad Z and Martinez, Veronica
Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, 19(4) (348 -363)
A framework to inform PSS Conceptual Design by using system-in-use data (2012-05)
Hussain, Romana; Lockett, Helen and Annamalai Vasantha, Gokula Vijaykumar
Computers in Industry, 63(4) (pp. 319-327)
Fabrication of geometrical features using wire and arc additive manufacture (2012)
Kazanas, Panagiotis; Deherkar, Preetam; Almeida, Pedro; Lockett, Helen and Williams, Stewart
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B, Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 226(6) (pp. 1042-1051)
Product Service Systems and supply network relationships: an exploratory case study (2011)
Lockett, Helen; Johnson, Mark; Evans, Steve and Bastl, Marko
Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 22(3) (pp. 293-313)
Similarity measures for mid-surface quality evaluation (2008-03)
Lockett, Helen and Guenov, Marin
Computer-Aided Design, 40(3) (pp. 368-380)
State-of-the-art in product-service systems (2007-10-01)
Baines, T. S.; Lightfoot, H. W.; Evans, S.; Neely, A.; Greenough, R.; Peppard, J.; Roy, R.; Shehab, E.; Braganza, A.; Tiwari, A.; Alcock, J. R.; Angus, J. P.; Bastl, M.; Cousens, A.; Irving, P.; Johnson, M.; Kingston, J.; Lockett, H.; Martinez, V.; Michele, P.; Tranfield, D.; Walton, I. M. and Wilson, H.
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B, Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 221(10) (pp. 1543-1552)
Graph-based feature recognition for injection moulding based on a mid-surface approach (2005-02)
Lockett, Helen L. and Guenov, Marin D.
Computer-Aided Design, 37(2) (pp. 251-262)
The Management of Product Data in an Integrated Aircraft Analysis Environment (2004-12)
Lockett, Helen; Bartholomew, Peter and Gallop, Julian
Journal of computing and information science in engineering, 4(4) (pp. 359-364)
Design for Wire and Arc Additive Layer Manufacture (2011)
Mehnen, J.; Ding, J.; Lockett, H. and Kazanas, P.
In : Global Product Development - Proceedings of the 20th CIRP Design Conference (19-21 Apr 2010, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Nantes, France) (pp. 721-727)
ISIR: Informed sensitised intelligent response - A PSS conceptual design framework using service characteristics (2010)
Hussain, Romana Salmah; Lockett, Helen; Kingston, Jenny; Alcock, Jeff and Vasantha, Gokula
In : Advances in Production Management Systems (11- 13 October 2010, Cernobbio, Italy)
Understanding the use value dimensions of outsourced maintenance services (2010)
Toossi, Amir; Lockett, Helen; Raja, Jawwad and Martinez, Veronica
In : International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems (11-13 October 2010, Cernobbio, Italy)
A knowledge based expert system for moulded part design (2007)
Lockett, Helen and Guenov, Marin
In : 16th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 2007) (28 - 31 August 2007, Paris, France)
Computational design process modeling (2006)
Guenov, Marin D.; , Libish; Tang, Dunbing and Lockett, Helen
In : ICAS-Secretariat - 25th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (2006, Hamburg, Germany)
The Development of the MOB data and product management system (2002)
Bartholomew, Peter; Lockett, Helen and Gallop, Julian
In : 9th AIAA/ISSMO Symposium on Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization (4 - 6th September 2002, Atlanta, Georgia)
An Intelligent Manufacturing Advisor for Casting and Injection-Moulding Based on a Mid-Surface Approach (2002)
Lockett, Helen L. and Guenov, Marin D.
In : Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference (September 29–October 2, 2002, Montreal, Canada)

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