Department of Mechanical Engineering

Martin Ansell

Contact details

Room: 4E 3.2
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386432

Dr Martin P. Ansell



Martin Ansell is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Materials, specialising in cellulosic materials and polymers. His research includes the creep and fatigue of wood and natural fibre composites, the development of bonded-in technology for joints in timber structures and characterisation of polymers and composites for industrial applications.

Martin was awarded his degree in Materials Science from the University of Sussex before continuing to take a PhD in Solid State Physics at Chelsea College, University of London. He was awarded a Fellowship of the Institute of Wood Science (FIWSc) in 1986 and was President of Institute of Wood Science from 1994 to 1996. Martin was awarded a Fellowship of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM) in 2002.

Martin joined the University of Bath as a Research Officer in 1976 and has since worked as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Materials. He has worked as a Reader (Associate Professor) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering since 2006.


Wood science and timber engineering

Bonded-in connections and dowel connections for timber in construction, modification of adhesive formulations including addition of nano-particles, environmental performance and creep of adhesively bonded timber interfaces, fatigue of wood for wind turbine applications and panel products, performance of wood in sports equipment (table tennis, cricket etc.), Douglas fir from South West forests.

Natural fibre composites (NFCs)

High modulus natural fibre composites in thermoplastic (PLA, PP) and thermosetting (epoxy, polyester, CNSL) matrices, fatigue of NFCs, joining of NFCs with adhesives and fasteners, environmental stability of NFCs, evaluation of fibre bundle to adhesive interfaces, structural applications for bamboo.

Sports engineering and polymer engineering

Cryogenic machining of sports shoes, composites for sports equipment (snowboards, table tennis bats), properties of cricket bat willow. Syntactic foams for oil pipeline thermal insulation and protection, industrial polymeric filters (quality control and leak detection using NDE).

Teaching units

  • Materials for energy and transport
  • Composite materials.


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