Dr Richard Hood MEng (Hons), PhD, CEng MIMechE

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lecturer in Advanced Manufacturing Technology

Contact details

+44 (0) 121 414 4188
+44 (0) 121 414 4201
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University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Richard Hood is a Lecturer in Advanced Manufacturing Technology based in the Machining Research Group in the School of Mechanical Engineering.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham. 2010. Thesis titled “Machinability of a gamma titanium aluminide intermetallic”.
  • Master of Engineering (MEng), Class 1 Honours, Mechanical Engineering (included Year Abroad, University of Waterloo, Canada), University of Birmingham. 2004.
  • Diploma in Industrial Studies (12 months at Contract Chemicals Ltd., Leeds), University of Birmingham. 2004.


Dr Hood graduated with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering (First Class Hons) from The University of Birmingham in 2004. He obtained a PhD on the machinability of advanced titanium alloys for aero engine applications also from The University of Birmingham. The work was industrially funded by Rolls-Royce plc. Element Six, Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Hardinge-Bridgeport, Iscar and Pumps and Equipment (Warwick) ltd. 

From 2007 to 2013 he was the Rolls-Royce Machining Research Fellow located within the Machining Research Group. The work was industrially funded by Rolls-Royce covering a wide range of machining related research projects involving new advanced alloys

He was appointed to a Lectureship in February 2013 and is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Member of the IMechE as well as an Affiliate Member of The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP).

His research activities focus primarily on investigating the machinability of new/advanced materials using conventional and non-conventional machining processes. He also has interests in CNC and CAD/CAM systems, metrology, experimental design techniques and statistical process control as well as design for manufacture.  


  • Level 2: Mechanics 2 
  • Level 2: Experiments and Statistics 2
  • Level 1: Experiments and Statistics 1


Postgraduate supervision

Dr Hood is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas: 
  • Machining of advanced materials (titanium alloys, nickel based superalloys, composite materials and nuclear materials). This includes both conventional and non-conventional machining processes 
  • Condition monitoring, surface integrity and functional performance of components
  • Development of novel/hybrid machining processes
  • Micromachining
  • Experimental design techniques and statistical process control
  • Numerically controlled machine tools
  • Metrology

If you are interested in studying any of these subject areas please contact Dr Hood on the contact details above, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: dr@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 121 414 5005. For a full list of available Doctoral Research opportunities, please visit our Doctoral Research programme listings. 


Dr Hood’s current research interest broadly centres on the machinability of advanced aerospace alloys (gamma titanium aluminides, nickel based superalloys) and nuclear materials (zirconium alloys), microscale machining, development of novel/innovative processes (e.g. hybrid ECM/grinding, ultrasonic assisted CFG, in-process electrical discharge dressing etc.), statistical experimental design techniques and computer numerically controlled (CNC) operation of machine tools including 5-axis machining.

The work has a strong materials element, particularly in relation to studying the effect of cutting variables (operating parameters, process mechanisms, machining strategies, tool coatings, grit morphologies etc.) on workpiece surface integrity (microhardness/microstructure, surface topography, residual stress, fatigue performance etc.) and its subsequent influence on part in-service performance. Much of the activities involve strong industrial collaboration and relevance.

Dr Hood is also interested in research into the use of metrology, statistical process control and design for manufacture. 

Other activities

Administration Responsibilities

  • School Health and Safety Committee Member
  • Undergraduate Open Days Coordinator

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Chartered Engineer (2012) 
  • Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (2012)
  • Research Affiliate, International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP)

Awards and Prizes

  • F.K. Bannister Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham, 2009. 
  • EPSRC CASE Award, 2004-2007. 
  • Contribution to Engineering Competition Runner Up Prize, Royal Academy of Engineering, 2000

Completed Training Courses

  • Bridgeport Heidenhain ITNC training course
  • University of Sheffield grinding wheel safety course 
  • Chemical safety course organised by the University of Birmingham.
  • Buelher microstructural analysis course covering in-depth assessment of microstructural analysis. 
  • Mitutoyo CMM training course. 



Academic Journal Publications


  • R. Hood, D.K. Aspinwall, W. Voice and C. Sage. (2013). High speed ball nose end milling of γ-TiAl alloys, (2013), Intermetallics, Volume: 32, 284-291. 
  • D. K. Aspinwall, A. L. Mantle, W.K. Chan, R. Hood, S. L. Soo. (2013). Cutting Temperatures When High Speed Ball Nose End Milling γ-TiAl alloys, CIRP Annals – Manufacturing Technology, 62/1. 
  • R. Hood, C.M. Johnson, S.L. Soo, D.K. Aspinwall, C. Sage. (2013). High speed ball nose end milling of burn resistant titanium (BuRTi), International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, published online June 2013.  
  • R. Hood, S.L. Soo, D.K. Aspinwall, P. Andrews. (2012). Radius end milling of Haynes 282, Proceedings of the IMechE, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 226(10), 1745-1753.
  • R. Hood, S.L. Soo, D.K. Aspinwall, P. Andrews, C. Sage. (2011). Twist drilling of Haynes 282 superalloy, Procedia Engineering, 19, 150–155.
  • S.L. Soo, R. Hood, D.K. Aspinwall, W.E. Voice, C. Sage. (2011). Machinability and surface integrity of RR1000 nickel based superalloy. CIRP Annals – Manufacturing Technology, 60/1, 89-92.
  • S.L. Soo, R. Hood, M. Lannette, D.K. Aspinwall, W. Voice. (2011). Creep feed grinding of burn resistant titanium (BuRTi) using superabrasive grinding wheels, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 54, 1019-1026. 
  • R. Hood, D.K. Aspinwall, W. Voice. (2007). Creep feed grinding of a gamma titanium aluminide intermetallic alloy using SiC abrasives. Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 191(1-3), 210-214.

Refereed International Conference Proceedings and Articles


  • D.K. Aspinwall, R. Hood, S.L. Soo. (2010). Titanium alloys for the 21st century, Metalworking Production, Vol. 155, November, pp. 24 & 26. 
  • R. Hood, D.K. Aspinwall, W. Voice, P. Dando, K. Tuffy. (2007). Creep feed grinding of a gamma titanium aluminide intermetallic using superabrasives, Advances in Abrasive Technology X, Proceedings of the Precision Grinding and Abrasive Technology Conference (ISAAT 2007), September 25-29, Dearborn, Michigan, USA, pp. 397-403.
  • R. Hood, D.K. Aspinwall, W. Voice. (2006). Creep feed grinding of a gamma titanium aluminide intermetallic alloy using SiC abrasives, Proceedings of the Advances in Materials and Processing Technologies (AMPT), July 30 -August 3, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, CD-ROM. 
  • R. Hood, F. Lechner, D.K. Aspinwall, W. Voice. (2006). Creep feed grinding of gamma titanium aluminide and burn resistant titanium alloys using SiC abrasive, Proceedings of the 2nd CIRP International Conference on High Performance Cutting (HPC), June 12-13, 2006, Vancouver, Canada, CD-ROM.
  • R. Hood, D.K. Aspinwall, W. Voice. (2005). A review of the machinability of gamma titanium aluminide intermetallic alloys, Proceedings of the 22nd International Manufacturing Conference (IMC22), August 31-September 2, Dublin, Ireland, pp. 315-323.

Industrial Reports

Dr Hood has produced eight industrial reports. The contents of which are confidential. 

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