Kelvin Lake

Mr Kelvin Lake MEng

Senior Lecturer

Tel: +44 (0) 1792 481168

Lecturing to full-time and part-time students for the School of Logistics and Manufacturing Engineering, the School of Automotive Engineering and the School of Industrial Design. 

Kelvin is the Programme director for the new BEng/MEng Extreme Sports Engineering course run by UWTSD.

Kelvin graduated from Leeds University in 1999 with a Masters with distinction in Mechanical Engineering. Upon leaving Leeds Kelvin joined Jaguar Cars as a CAE engineer, specialising in vehicle crashworthiness and vehicle NVH.

After a few years at Jaguar, Kelvin left and went travelling around Australia for a year, working for Ford Racing Australia developing the structural rollcage for their V8 SuperCar whilst he was there. Once returning to the U.K. he continued to work in the Automotive industry for various suppliers, before joining Swansea Met in 2007.

These suppliers/OEMs included; Meridian Technology: Where he was accountable for all linear and non-linear FEA to assist in the development of Magnesium high pressure die cast automotive components in Europe. 

Supporting Business Development to secure new business and Advanced Engineering with product development through to manufacture for many European OEMs including LandRover, BMW, Porsche, Volvo and Fiat. Simpact Engineering: Based at Jaguar Cars, developing rear crash characteristics of vehicles using LS-Dyna and RADIOSS.

Ford Racing Australia: Weight reduction exercises carried out on a V8 Supercar BIW and rollcage, using Optistruct Topology and Topography runs and Nastran optimisation runs. Jaguar Cars: Part of the CAE team carrying out FEA to develop full vehicle crashworthiness and NVH characteristics.

Chartered member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Modules taught include 

  • Workshop and Study Skills (Level 4)                        
  • Engineering Science (Level 4)
  • Motorsport Technology 1 and 2 (Level 4/5)                          
  • Vehicle Technology (Level 5)
  • Group Project (Level 5)                                                                       
  • Stress Analysis and Dynamics (Level 5)
  • Structures Materials and Aerodynamics (Level 5)          
  • Structures and Materials (Level 6)
  • Finite Element Analysis (Level 6)                                                 
  • Major Project Supervisor (Level 6)
  • Motorsport Design and Aerodynamics (Level 6)

Additional modules under development include

  • CAE and stress analysis (Level 5)                               
  • Extreme Sports Engineering (Level 5)
  • Prototype Composite Engineering (Level 5)                         
  • Composite Manufacture (Level 6)
  • Materials and manufacturing for niche markets (Level 6)                             
  • Biomechanics (Level 7)
  • Extreme sports research and development (Level 7)   
  • Advanced composite analysis (Level 7)

Kelvin is currently undertaking a PhD entitled ‘A design methodology for the implementation of structural orthotropic composite materials in high performance systems’.  This work aims to investigate the structural characteristics of a range of advanced composite components and relate this to their intended use. 

A design methodology will then be proposed to replicate these characteristics. It is proposed to use a kitesurfing board as one of these case studies  – Expected completion date 2018.

Kelvin is an expert in the practical application of Finite Element Analysis and optimisation techniques which he has successfully introduced to various Automotive companies as well as courses and project work at UWTSD. 

2014: ‘Incorporating Optimisation into courses at Swansea Metropolitan, University of Wales: Trinity St. Davids’.  Lake, K. Thomas, R.  A first draft of this paper has been written with a view to submit this to an Engineering Education Journal.

2014: ‘A Review of the use of Structural Composites in Board Sports such as Kitesurfing and how CAE should be incorporated into the Design Process’.  Lake, K. Williams, O.  Currently under review by the journal of Sports Technology.

2012: ‘The influence of compliant chassis components on motorcycle dynamics: An historical overview and potential future development.’ Lake, K. Thomas, R. Williams, O.  The journal of Vehicle System Dynamics: International Journal of Vehicle Mechanics and Mobility.

2011: ‘The Application of Optimisation in Making the Design Process More Efficient and Effective.’ Lake, K. Thomas, R. Lawson, T. Gambling, M.   Presented at the 13th International Conference on Modern Information Technology in the Innovation Processes of the Industrial Enterprises, Trondheim, Norway.

2010: ‘An example of the use of optimisation in the development of high pressure die cast components & the resulting quantified cost & time benefits’, Lake, K. Thomas, R. Lawson, T. Gambling, M.   International Journal of Engineering Simulation, volume 10, number 3, main article.

2009: ‘The Application of FEA in the Optimisation of Die Cast Components and the Consequent Reduction in Development Costs and Time’. Lake, K. Thomas, R. Lawson, T. Gambling, M.  Presented at the 8th World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimisation, Lisbon, Portugal.

Interests outside of work include ‘extreme’ sports. In the past this has included skydiving , wakeboarding, downhill mountain biking and climbing. Currently this includes snowboarding and kitesurfing. This passion along with his experience and expertise feed directly into his research interests and the courses at the University.