Mr Timothy James Aspinall




1.4 John Muir

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Mechanical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Infrastructure and Environment

Research Theme: 

  • Fire Safety Engineering
  • Materials and Structures


Tim is currently studying a PhD at the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering located in the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE) at the University of Edinburgh. He completed his MSc in Mechanical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University and holds a first-class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portsmouth.

In addition, he also holds an HNC, HND and Diploma in Electrical Engineering & Installation and has held the position of 'qualified electrician' registered with the electro-technical certification scheme (ECS) having completed his apprenticeship in 2011. He now holds the position 'approved electrician' having successfully completed his 2391 in 2012.

Tim has also held a number of graduate level and skilled industry positions including; mechanical engineer (HOS, Vinci UK), electrician (Shell, Chevron, M&V) and project management roles in both onshore and offshore positions. Before joining Edinburgh he worked mainly in office-based project management roles and is currently working as a research assistant for the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) who partly sponsor his PhD.

His research interests include the mechanical resilience of advanced composite materials and quantification of thermal and mechanical tensile and compressive strengths on aerospace grade carbon fibre reinforced polymers (CFRP). 

Academic Qualifications: 

MSc Mechanical Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

BEng (1st) Mechanical Engineering, University of Portsmouth

HNC, HND, Diploma, Electrical Engineering, St Helena College


Tims research publications can be viewed here