Personal profile


My primary areas of interest from a research perspective have been in the Mechanical Engineering area. More specifically I have extensive research experience in the areas of computational analysis and numerical methods structural analysis. I have over thirty year’s experience of Finite Element Analysis and have written FE codes, pre-processors as well as post-processing software with both the pre and post processors being commercialised.

I also have extensive experience in the design and analysis of laminated composite structures. I have experience of these materials with specific reference to the aerospace and automotive industries where I have been involved in the design and optimisation of structures to showcase the potential advantages of these materials to industry.

I also have significant experience in the design of prosthetic devices, in particular heart valves. I was involved in a multidisciplinary team with the Royal Infirmary Cardiac Surgery Unit and have designed and developed an aortic tri-cuspid heart valve replacement, gaining experience on complex non-linear analytical modelling of hyper-elastic materials and complex bio-compatible material modelling.  

Current research activities

More recently I have contributed to work with colleagues in the area of machine tool health during manufacturing processes. I have also been involved in the predication of ice accretion on aircraft wings using neural network techniques in collaboration with a colleague and with international partners in China.

I am currently conducting research into problem based methodologies for the delivery of engineering subjects to undergraduate student. This is a collaborative activity with the School of Education at UWS and is leading to some potentially interesting developments.

Desired research direction

I am interested in pursuing education based around pedagogy, with a particular bias towards issues around delivering complex subject to undergraduates and how technology can be used to enhance and support the learning processes in these environments.

I will also keep my interest in engineering related fields and still wish to revisit my interest in impact damage and assessment of composite materials, particularly low velocity impacts and how these can be modelled using indicial response techniques.

Target collaborative companies

Any Engineering organisations using Computer Aided Engineering.

Target collaborative organisations

Any Educational organisations developing pedagogy around Engineering and Computing based subjects.

Education / Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Paisley College


Bachelor of Science (Hons.), Paisley College


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Research Output 2015 2016

Aircraft Ice Accretion Prediction Using Neural Network and Wavelet Packet Transform

Thompson, J., Wu, H., Chang, S. & Leng, M. 2016 In : Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology. 88, 1, p. 128-136

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Mathematical transformations
Neural networks
Radial basis function networks

Machine tool capability profiles for representing machine tool health

Vichare, P., Nassehi, A., Thompson, J., Newman, S. T., Wood, F. & Kumar, S. Aug 2015 In : Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing. 34, p. 70-78 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Machine Tool
Machine tools
Control Charts

Modeling of Spray Drop Deformation and Breakup in the Multimode Breakup Regime

Wang, C., Chang, S., Wu, H., Ding, L. & Thompson, J. 2015 In : Atomization and Sprays. 25, 10, p. 857-869

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Drop breakup
Direction compound


National Engineering Laboratory EMRA Research Scholarship holder 1987-1990

James Thompson (Recipient), 1 Aug 1987

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Principal Shaw award for Academic Achievement in Engineering

James Thompson (Recipient), 1 Jul 1987

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 1987 1993

  • 4 Participation in conference
  • 1 Publication peer-review

7th International Conference on Composite Structures

Thompson, J. (Member of programme committee)

Activity: Participation in conference

6th International Conference on Composite Structures

Thompson, J. (Member of programme committee)

Activity: Participation in conference

5th International Conference on Composite Structures

Thompson, J. (Member of programme committee)

Activity: Participation in conference

Composite Structures (Journal)

Thompson, J. (Peer reviewer)
1 Aug 19871 Aug 1993

Activity: Publication peer-review

4th International Conference on Composite Structures

Thompson, J. (Member of programme committee)

Activity: Participation in conference