• Dr. Plato Kapranos
  • Dr. Plato Kapranos
  • The University of Sheffield, UK
  • Biography:
    Dr. Kapranos has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, gained a Masters in Welding Technology, completed his PhD in ‘Ultrasonic Inspection of Austenitic Stainless Steel Weldments’, obtained a post-graduate Diploma in Management Studies and furthered his studies with a Masters in Education. He has worked on post-doctoral research for British Nuclear Fuels Ltd on the ‘Improvement of Ultrasonic Methods of Inspecting Thin Tubular Austenitic Weldments’ and on a Department of Trade & Industry funded project on the ‘Development of Materials for Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Systems – OTECS’. Since the late 1980’s he has been involved in the development of Thixoforming at the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Sheffield and amongst other things he is currently working with colleagues at the Prince of Songkhla University in Thailand on the thixoforming variant of Gas Induced Semi-Solid Process. He is a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.), a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Mining & Minerals (FMIM3) and an Environmental Chartered Engineer (C.Env). His approach to teaching is based on personal continuous improvement through reflection, and on student centred learning. He is involved in the teaching of ‘Personal & Professional Skills’, Distance Learning, research into `Innovative approaches in teaching and learning′ such as ‘On-line assessment and feedback’, ‘Use of classroom electronic response systems’, ‘Active Learning’, ‘Problem Based Learning (PBL)’, and the teaching of `Creativity, Innovation, Enterprise and Ethics for Engineers′ both for UG & PG levels. He is the author and co-author of over 200 scientific publications; Editor and co-author to: ‘The Technology of Castings’ a text book to accompany an IGDS distance-learning module, January 2000; Co-Editor of the Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Semi-solid Processing of Alloys and Composites, Kirkwood DH & Kapranos P, June 18-21, 1996, Sheffield, England, Published June 1996, ISBN 095225071-3; Organized, managed and co-edited the 7th International Conference on Deformation and Fracture of Composites (DFC7) held at the University of Sheffield (UK) on 22-24 April 2003 and the joint 8th International Conference on Deformation and Fracture of Composites (DFC-8) and Experimental Techniques and Design in Composite Materials (ETDCM-7) held at the University of Sheffield (UK) on 3-6th April 2005. He has contributed in a number of book publications: DH Kirkwood, P Kapranos, KP Young, M Suery & HV Atkinson,’ Semi-Solid Metal Processing’, Springer Series in Materials Science, 124, ISBN 978-3-642-00706-4, January 2010; P. Kapranos, ‘Routes to Thixoformable Steel Starting Material’ chapter,‘Thixoforming Steel’, Shaker Verlag Publications, ISBN 978-3-8322-9133-4, June 01, 2010; Elsevier, Comprehensive Materials Processing, Volume 5 Casting: Chapter 2: Advanced casting methodologies: Continuous casting, Electro-hydrodynamic casting, Vacuum casting, Die Casting, Investment Casting, Centrifugal Casting, Squeeze Casting, Metal Spinning, Roll Casting, Compocasting, Batch Casting; Co-Edited the Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium for Engineering Education, ISEE 2012, Kapranos & Brabazon (Ed.), The University of Sheffield, July 2012, UK, ISBN 978-1-873769-14-0 and a chapter in the Encyclopedia of Iron, Steel, and Their Alloys on ‘Thixoforming of Steel’, to be published in 2014
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