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Biography

Dr Elaine Brown is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, with a Batchelors degree in Manufacturing Systems with Mechanical Engineering (Bradford) and a PhD in Ultrasonic Monitoring of Polymer Melt Extrusion (Bradford).

Her research is focused on ultrasonic technologies and their applications in industrial settings. 

Research on in-process measurements looks at applications of ultrasound to measure material and/or process properties in-line during polymer melt extrusion, hot melt extrusion, injection moulding and micromoulding, rotational moulding and on methods of measuring polymer melt temperature. The techniques provide a robust, adaptable and non-invasive in-process measurement. Research into high power applications of ultrasound include ultrasonic polymer injection moulding and pharmaceutical processing. Research into ultrasonic characterisation of solids includes characterisation of composites and advanced materials, and determination of material properties. Her research projects fit across a number of areas including the Centres for Advanced Materials, Micro and Nanotechnology and Pharmaceutical Engineering Science.

Research

Industrial ultrasound; pharmaceutical engineering; polymer melt extrusion and injection moulding; ultrasonic micromoulding; hot melt extrusion (HME); in-process measurements; PAT monitoring; polymer and composite characterisation; sustainable materials.

Equality, diversity & inclusion in engineering and manufacturing; Equality, diversity & inclusion in engineering education; Equality, diversity & inclusion in Higher Education; Women in STEM; Gender equality in STEM.

Teaching

Teaching interests

Foundation Mechanics

Structural Mechanics

Engineering Materials

Mass Transfer Operations: Distillation

Engineering Design Project

Individual Research Projects

Year Module code Title Subject
MAE3001-BFoundation Mechanics
ENG4007-BEngineering Materials

Professional activities

  • BEng (Hons)
  • PhD in Ultrasonic Monitoring of Polymer Melt Extrusion
  • IMechE, Member
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Programme & Module Management: Reader in Mechanical & Process Engineering
  • Programme & Module Management: Module Coordinator Foundation Mechanics
  • Programme & Module Management: Module Coordinator in Engineering Materials
  • Various outreach activites focussing on increasing diversity in engineering, for example Women in STEM.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleA cost-effective process chain for thermoplastic microneedle manufacture combining laser micro-machining and micro-injection moulding (2021)
AuthorsGülçür, Mert; Romano, Jean Michel; Penchev, Pavel; Gough, Tim; Brown, Elaine; Dimov, Stefan; Whiteside, Ben
JournalCIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology
PublisherElsevier
DOI10.1016/j.cirpj.2021.01.015
 
TitleUltrasonic micromoulding: Process characterisation using extensive in-line monitoring for micro-scaled products (2020)
AuthorsGülçür M.;Brown E.;Gough T.;Romano J.M.;Penchev P.;Dimov S.;Whiteside B.
JournalJournal of Manufacturing Processes
DOI10.1016/j.jmapro.2020.08.033
 
TitleSynthesis of caffeine/maleic acid co-crystal by ultrasound assisted slurry co-crystallization (2017)
AuthorsApshingekar, Prafulla P.; Aher, Suyog; Kelly, Adrian L.; Brown, Elaine C.; Paradkar, Anant R.
 
TitleNear infra red spectroscopy as a multivariate process analytical tool for predicting pharmaceutical co-crystal concentration (2016)
AuthorsWood, Clive; Alwati, Abdolati; Halsey, S.A.; Gough, Timothy D.; Brown, Elaine C.; Kelly, Adrian L.; Paradkar, Anant R.
 
TitleThe effect of materials, process settings and screw geometry on energy consumption and melt temperature in single screw extrusion (2016)
AuthorsAbeykoon, Chamil; Kelly, Adrian L.; Brown, Elaine C.; Coates, Philip D.
 
TitleThe effect of materials, process settings and screw geometry on energy consumption and melt temperature in single screw extrusion (2016)
AuthorsAbeykoon, C.;Kelly, A.L.;Brown, E.C.;Coates, P.D.;
JournalApplied Energy
DOI10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.07.014
 
TitleInfrared Melt Temperature Measurement of Single Screw Extrusion (2015)
AuthorsVera-Sorroche, Javier; Kelly, Adrian L.; Brown, Elaine C.; Coates, Philip D.
 
TitleInfrared melt temperature measurement of single screw extrusion (2015)
AuthorsVera-Sorroche, J.;Kelly, A.L.;Brown, E.C.;Coates, P.D.;
JournalPolymer Engineering and Science
DOI10.1002/pen.23976
 
TitleInvestigation of the Temperature Homogeneity of Die Melt Flows in Polymer Extrusion (2014)
AuthorsAbeykoon, Chamil; Martin, P.J.; Kelly, Adrian L.; Li, K.; Brown, Elaine C.; Coates, Philip D.
 
TitleEffect of Ultrasound on Molecular Structure Development of Polylactide (2014)
AuthorsBao, W.;Wu, H.;Guo, S.;Paradkar, A.;Kelly, A.;Brown, E.;Coates, P.;
JournalPolymer - Plastics Technology and Engineering
DOI10.1080/03602559.2014.886062
 
TitleEffect of Ultrasound on Molecular Structure Development of Polylactide (2014)
AuthorsBao, W.; Wu, H.; Guo, S.; Paradkar, Anant R.; Kelly, Adrian L.; Brown, Elaine C.; Coates, Philip D.
 
TitleLow-cost process monitoring for polymer extrusion (2014)
AuthorsDeng, J.; Li, K.; Harkin-Jones, E.; Price, M.; Fei, M.R.; Kelly, Adrian L.; Vera-Sorroche, Javier; Coates, Philip D.; Brown, Elaine C.
 
TitleInvestigation of the temperature homogeneity of die melt flows in polymer extrusion (2014)
AuthorsAbeykoon, C.;Martin, P.J.;Kelly, A.L.;Li, K.;Brown, E.C.;Coates, P.D.;
JournalPolymer Engineering and Science
DOI10.1002/pen.23784
 
TitleEnergy monitoring and quality control of a single screw extruder (2014)
AuthorsDeng, J.; Li, K.; Harkin-Jones, E.; Price, M.; Karnachi, N.; Kelly, Adrian L.; Vera-Sorroche, Javier; Coates, Philip D.; Brown, Elaine C.; Fei, M.R.
 
TitleLow-cost process monitoring for polymer extrusion (2014)
AuthorsDeng, J.;Li, K.;Harkin-Jones, E.;Price, M.;Fei, M.;Kelly, A.;Vera-Sorroche, J.;Coates, P.;Brown, E.;
JournalTransactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control
DOI10.1177/0142331213502696
 
TitleProcess efficiency in polymer extrusion: Correlation between the energy demand and melt thermal stability (2014)
AuthorsAbeykoon, C.;Kelly, A.L.;Vera-Sorroche, J.;Brown, E.C.;Coates, P.D.;Deng, J.;Li, K.;Harkin-Jones, E.;Price, M.;
JournalApplied Energy
DOI10.1016/j.apenergy.2014.08.086
 
TitleInvestigation of the process energy demand in polymer extrusion: A brief review and an experimental study (2014)
AuthorsAbeykoon, C.;Kelly, A.L.;Brown, E.C.;Vera-Sorroche, J.;Coates, P.D.;Harkin-Jones, E.;Howell, K.B.;Deng, J.;Li, K.;Price, M.;
JournalApplied Energy
DOI10.1016/j.apenergy.2014.09.024
 
TitleEnergy monitoring and quality control of a single screw extruder (2014)
AuthorsDeng, J.;Li, K.;Harkin-Jones, E.;Price, M.;Karnachi, N.;Kelly, A.;Vera-Sorroche, J.;Coates, P.;Brown, E.;Fei, M.;
JournalApplied Energy
DOI10.1016/j.apenergy.2013.08.084
 
TitleThe effect of melt viscosity on thermal efficiency for single screw extrusion of HDPE (2014)
AuthorsVera-Sorroche, J.;Kelly, A.L.;Brown, E.C.;Gough, T.;Abeykoon, C.;Coates, P.D.;Deng, J.;Li, K.;Harkin-Jones, E.;Price, M.;
JournalChemical Engineering Research and Design
DOI10.1016/j.cherd.2013.12.025
 
TitleThe effect of melt viscosity on thermal efficiency for single screw extrusion of HDPE (2014)
AuthorsVera-Sorroche, Javier; Kelly, Adrian L.; Brown, Elaine C.; Gough, Timothy D.; Abeykoon, Chamil; Coates, Philip D.; Deng, J.; Li, K.; Harkin-Jones, E.; Price, M.
 
TitleMelt temperature consistency during polymer extrusion (2014)
AuthorsAbeykoon, Chamil; Martin, P.J.; Kelly, Adrian L.; Li, K.; Brown, Elaine C.; Coates, Philip D.
 
TitleProcess efficiency in polymer extrusion: Correlation between the energy demand and melt thermal stability (2014)
AuthorsAbeykoon, Chamil; Kelly, Adrian L.; Vera-Sorroche, Javier; Brown, Elaine C.; Coates, Philip D.; Deng, J.; Li, K.; Harkin-Jones, E.; Price, M.
 
TitleInvestigation of the process energy demand in polymer extrusion: A brief review and an experimental study (2014)
AuthorsAbeykoon, Chamil; Kelly, Adrian L.; Brown, Elaine C.; Vera-Sorroche, Javier; Coates, Philip D.; Harkin-Jones, E.; Howell, Ken B.; Deng, J.; Li, K.; Price, M.
 
TitleThermal optimisation of polymer extrusion using in-process monitoring techniques (2013)
AuthorsVera-Sorroche, Javier; Kelly, Adrian L.; Brown, Elaine C.; Coates, Philip D.; Karnachi, N.; Harkin-Jones, E.; Li, K.; Deng, J.
 
TitleThermal optimisation of polymer extrusion using in-process monitoring techniques (2013)
AuthorsVera-Sorroche, J.;Kelly, A.;Brown, E.;Coates, P.;Karnachi, N.;Harkin-Jones, E.;Li, K.;Deng, J.;
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
DOI10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2012.04.013
 
TitlePredicting chlorine decay and THM formation in water supply systems (2011)
AuthorsBrown D.;Bridgeman J.;West J.
JournalRe-views in Environmental Science and Biotechnology
DOI10.1007/s11157-011-9229-8
 
TitleVibrational Spectroscopic and Ultrasound Analysis for In-Process Characterization of High-Density Polyethylene/Polypropylene Blends During Melt Extrusion (2009)
AuthorsScowen, Ian J.; Brown, Elaine C.; Sibley, M.G.
 
TitleRaman spectroscopic studies of the cure of dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) (2009)
AuthorsBrown, Elaine C.; Barnes, S.E.; Coates, Philip D.; Corrigan, N.; Edwards, Howell G.M.; Harkin-Jones, E.
 
TitleWater assisted injection moulding: Development of insights and predictive capabilities through experiments on instrumented process in parallel with computer simulations (2008)
AuthorsPolynkin, A.;Bai, L.;Pittman, J.F.T.;Sienz, J.;Mulvaney-Johnson, L.;Brown, E.;Dawson, A.;Coates, P.;Brookshaw, B.;Vinning, K.;Butler, J.;
JournalPlastics, Rubber and Composites
DOI10.1179/174328908X283438
 
TitleOptical imaging metrology for micromoulding cavity flows and products (2008)
AuthorsWhiteside, B.R.;Spares, R.;Brown, E.C.;Norris, K.;Coates, P.D.;Kobayashi, M.;Jen, C.-K.;Cheng, C.-C.;
JournalPlastics, Rubber and Composites
DOI10.1179/174328908X283384
 
TitleWater assisted injection moulding: development of insights and predictive capabilities through experiments on instrumented process in parallel with computer simulations. (2008)
AuthorsPolynkin, A.; Bai, L.; Pittman, J.F.T.; Sienz, J.; Mulvaney-Johnson, Leigh; Brown, Elaine C.; Dawson, A.; Coates, Philip D.; Brookshaw, B.; Vinning, K.; Butler, J.
 
TitleMelt temperature field measurements in extrusion using thermocouple meshes (2008)
AuthorsKelly, A.L.;Brown, E.C.;Howell, K.;Coates, P.D.;
JournalPlastics, Rubber and Composites
DOI10.1179/174328908X283393
 
TitleReal time diagnostics of gas/water assisted injection moulding using integrated ultrasonic sensors (2007)
AuthorsMulvaney-Johnson, L.;Cheng, C.C.;Ono, Y.;Brown, E.C.;Jen, C.K.;Coates, P.D.;
JournalPlastics, Rubber and Composites
DOI10.1179/174328907X177617
 
TitleUltrasonic measurement of residual wall thickness during gas assisted injection molding (2007)
AuthorsBrown E.;Mulvaney-Johnson L.;Coates P.
JournalPolymer Engineering and Science
DOI10.1002/pen.20832
 
TitleUltrasonic measurement of residual wall thickness during gas assisted injection moulding. (2007)
AuthorsMulvaney-Johnson, Leigh; Brown, Elaine C.; Coates, Philip D.
 
TitleReal-time diagnosis of micro powder injection molding using integrated ultrasonic sensors. (2007)
AuthorsCheng, C-C.; Ono, Y.; Whiteside, Benjamin R.; Brown, Elaine C.; Jen, C.K.; Coates, Philip D.
 
TitleReal-time diagnostics of gas/water assisted injection moulding using integrated ultrasonic sensors (2007)
AuthorsMulvaney-Johnson, Leigh; Cheng, C-C.; Ono, Y.; Brown, Elaine C.; Jen, C.K.; Coates, Philip D.
 
TitleReal-time diagnosis of micro powder injection molding using integrated ultrasonic sensors (2007)
AuthorsCheng, C.-C.;Ono, Y.;Whiteside, B.D.;Brown, E.C.;Jen, C.-K.;Coates, P.D.;
JournalInternational Polymer Processing
 
TitleReal-time process monitoring of micromoulding using integrated ultrasonic sensors (2007)
AuthorsOno Y.;Whiteside B.;Brown E.;Kobayashi M.;Cheng C.;Jen C.;Coates P.
JournalTransactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control
DOI10.1177/0142331207080153
 
TitleThe effect of screw geometry on melt temperature profile in single screw extrusion. (2006)
AuthorsKelly, Adrian L.; Brown, Elaine C.; Coates, Philip D.
 
TitleThe effect of screw geometry on melt temperature profile in single screw extrusion (2006)
AuthorsKelly, A.L.;Brown, E.G.;Coates, P.D.;
JournalPolymer Engineering and Science
DOI10.1002/pen.20657
 
TitleReal-time ultrasonic diagnosis of polymer degradation and filling incompleteness in micromoulding. (2005)
AuthorsWhiteside, Benjamin R.; Brown, Elaine C.; Ono, Y.; Jen, C.K.; Coates, Philip D.
 
TitleReal-time ultrasonic diagnosis of polymer degradation and filling incompleteness in micromoulding (2005)
AuthorsWhiteside, B.R.;Brown, E.C.;Ono, Y.;Jen, C.-K.;Coates, P.D.;
JournalPlastics, Rubber and Composites
DOI10.1179/174328905X71977
 
TitleVibrational spectroscopic and ultrasound analysis for the in-process monitoring of poly(ethylene vinyl acetate) copolymer composition during melt extrusion (2005)
AuthorsBarnes S.;Brown E.;Sibley M.;Edwards H.;Coates P.
JournalThe Analyst
DOI10.1039/b416244g
 
TitleMelt temperature field measurement: Influence of extruder screw and die geometry (2005)
AuthorsKelly A.;Brown E.;Coates P.
JournalPlastics, Rubber and Composites
DOI10.1179/174328905X72003
 
TitleVibrational spectroscopic and ultrasound analysis for in-process characterization of high-density polyethylene/polypropylene blends during melt extrusion (2005)
AuthorsBarnes S.;Brown E.;Sibley M.;Edwards H.;Scowen I.;Coates P.
JournalApplied Spectroscopy
DOI10.1366/0003702053946001
 
TitleRaman spectroscopic studies of the cure of dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) (2005)
AuthorsBarnes S.;Brown E.;Corrigan N.;Coates P.;Harkin-Jones E.;Edwards H.
JournalSpectrochimica Acta - Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
DOI10.1016/j.saa.2004.11.005
 
TitleMelt temperature field measurement in single screw extrusion using thermocouple meshes. (2004)
AuthorsBrown, Elaine C.; Kelly, Adrian L.; Coates, Philip D.
 
TitleDevelopment of reactive rotational moulding process (2004)
AuthorsCorrigan, N.;Harkin-Jones, E.;Brown, E.;Coates, P.D.;Crawford, R.J.;
JournalPlastics, Rubber and Composites
DOI10.1179/146580104225018355
 
TitleMelt temperature field measurement in single screw extrusion using thermocouple meshes (2004)
AuthorsBrown, E.C.;Kelly, A.L.;Coates, P.D.;
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
DOI10.1063/1.1808895
 
TitleIn-process vibrational spectroscopy and ultrasound measurements in polymer melt extrusion (2003)
AuthorsScowen, Ian J.; Barnes, S.E.; Coates, Philip D.; Sibley, M.G.; Edwards, Howell G.M.; Brown, Elaine C.
 
TitleDetermination of filler concentration in magnesium hydroxide filled LDPE during extrusion, using ultrasound (2003)
AuthorsSmith G.;Brown E.;Barnwell D.;Martin K.;Coates P.
JournalPlastics, Rubber and Composites
DOI10.1179/146580103225002623
 
TitleUse of ultrasound to determine variation of carbon dispersion in carbon black filled HDPE melts (2003)
AuthorsSmith G.;Brown E.;Barnwell D.;Martin K.;Coates P.
JournalPlastics, Rubber and Composites
DOI10.1179/146580103225002759
 
TitleDetermination of filler concentration in magnesium hydroxide filled LDPE during extrusion, using ultrasound (2003)
AuthorsSmith, G.D.;Brown, E.C.;Barnwell, D.;Martin, K.;Coates, P.D.;
JournalPlastics, Rubber and Composites
 
TitleUse of ultrasound to determine variation of carbon dispersion in carbon black filled HDPE melts (2003)
AuthorsSmith, G.D.;Brown, E.C.;Barnwell, D.;Martin, K.;Coates, P.D.;
JournalPlastics, Rubber and Composites
 
TitleIn-process vibrational spectroscopy and ultrasound measurements in polymer melt extrusion (2003)
AuthorsCoates, P.D.;Barnes, S.E.;Sibley, M.G.;Brown, E.C.;Edwards, H.G.M.;Scowen, I.J.;
JournalPolymer
DOI10.1016/S0032-3861(03)00544-5
 
TitleUltrasonic monitoring of nozzle and cavity during injection moulding (2002)
AuthorsBrown E.;Dawson A.;Coates P.
JournalJournal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites
DOI10.1177/0731684402021005444
 
TitleIn line melt temperature measurement during real time ultrasound monitoring of single screw extrusion (2000)
AuthorsBrown E.;Olley P.;Coates P.
JournalPlastics, Rubber and Composites Processing and Applications
 
TitleIn line melt temperature measurement during real time ultrasound monitoring of single screw extrusion (2000)
AuthorsBrown, E.C.;Olley, P.;Coates, P.D.;
JournalPlastics, Rubber and Composites Processing and Applications
 
TitleUltrasound: A virtual instrument approach for monitoring of polymer melt variables (1999)
AuthorsBrown E.;Collins T.;Dawson A.;Olley P.;Coates P.
JournalJournal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites
DOI10.1177/073168449901800403
 
TitleUltrasound: A virtual instrument approach for monitoring of polymer melt variables (1999)
AuthorsBrown, E.C.;Collins, T.L.D.;Dawson, A.J.;Olley, P.;Coates, P.D.;
JournalJournal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites
 
Book Chapters
TitleMicro Molding Process Monitoring and Control (2018)
AuthorsWhiteside B., Babenko M. and Brown E.
JournalMicro Injection Molding
PublisherCarl Hanser Verlag
 
Other Publications
Other typeReviews
TitleA review and evaluation of melt temperature sensors for polymer extrusion (2012)
AuthorsAbeykoon C.;Martin P.;Kelly A.;Brown E.
JournalSensors and Actuators, A: Physical
DOI10.1016/j.sna.2012.04.026
 
Other typeEditorial
TitleEditorial: Polymer Processing Special Issue (2007)
AuthorsBrown E.
JournalTransactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control
DOI10.1177/0142331207086636