Dr Odeh Dababneh
Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK, 2016
M.Sc., B.Sc., Aerospace Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2011
Private Pilot License (PPL), MidEast Aviation Academy, Amman, Jordan, 2005
Dr Odeh Dababneh is a Lecturer in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of South Wales, where he teaches Aircraft Structure (NG3S310) and Aeroelasticity (NG4H312). He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. He obtained his Ph.D degree from Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK, under the supervision of Dr Timoleon Kipouros from Cambridge University and Dr James Whidborne from Cranfield University. Dr Dababneh’s research involves the design, analysis and optimization of thin walled semi-monocoque aircraft structures. His research also includes the application of Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) methodologies to the design of aircraft wingbox cross-sections, with focus on wing models of increasing structural complexity that take advantage of efficient gradient-based optimization methods.
Before joining the University of South Wales in January 2019, he was a Research Associate at Queen’s University Belfast in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, where he was involved in the structures work package of PIPS Program (Power-Plant Integration Platform System (PIPS), Innovative-UK/Rolls-Royce). During his research in PIPS project, he developed A320 & A350 engine pylon structural analysis models, created high-fidelity finite element models, generated engine pylon ultimate design loads and performed the associated analyses using MSC Patran/Nastran. He was responsible for the creation of engine pylon CAD models using NX Siemens to support the production of large-scale experimental components and the development of an automated integrated pylon design tool using NX Siemens (Parametric Model), HyperMesh-TCL code (Automated Mesh) and MSC Nastran Sol 200 (Structural Sizing).
Dr Dababneh is currently a visiting research fellow at Cranfield University at the power and propulsion sciences group. Apart from his academic life, Dababneh worked for short while as the head of engineering and maintenance department at the Royal Jordanian Aero Club. Since 2008, he has been working closely with MD Aerospace and Defence Corporation in Netherlands and Turkey on different projects (SAMA Aircraft, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). He received training in aircraft manufacturing and management conducted by JAI (Jordan Aerospace Industries). He also participated and successfully completed 160 hours of training conducted by TAI (Turkish Aerospace Industries) in design, development, and manufacturing, integration of aerospace systems, and modernization. He took part in the F-16 fighter jets structural and avionics modification and modernization program jointly by TAI and RJAF (Royal Jordanian Airforce).
International Journal Papers
1. Dababneh, O., & Kipouros, T. (2018). Influence of high fidelity structural models on the predicted mass of aircraft wing using design optimization. Aerospace Science and Technology, 79, 164-173. DOI: 10.1016/j.ast.2018.05.043
2. Dababneh, O., Kipouros, T., & Whidborne, J. F. (2018). Application of an Efficient Gradient-Based Optimization Strategy for Aircraft Wing Structures. Aerospace, 5(1). DOI: 10.3390/aerospace5010003
3. Dababneh, O., & Kipouros, T. (2017). A review of aircraft wing mass estimation methods. Aerospace Science and Technology, 72, 256-266. DOI: 10.1016/j.ast.2017.11.006
4. Dababneh, O., & Kayran, A. (2014). Design, analysis and optimization of thin walled semi-monocoque wing structures using different structural idealization in the preliminary design phase. International Journal of Structural Integrity, 5(3), 214-226. DOI: 10.1108/IJSI-12-2013-0050
International Refereed Conferences
1. Dababneh, O., & Kayran, A. (2013). Design, Analysis and Optimization of Thin Walled Semi-Monocoque Wing Structures Using Different Structural Idealizations in the Preliminary Design Phase. 186-201. Paper presented at 3rd EASN Association International Workshop on AeroStructures, Milan, Italy.
2. Dababneh, O., & Kayran, A. (2011). Design and Analysis of Thin Walled Semi-Monocoque Wing Structures Using Different Structural Idealizations in the Preliminary Design Phase. Paper presented at 6th Ankara International Aerospace Conference-AIAC-2011, Ankara, Turkey.
3. Dababneh, O., & Kayran, A. (2011). Structural Optimization of Thin Walled Semi-Monocoque Wing Structures Using Different Types of Finite Elements in the Preliminary Design Phase. Paper presented at 6th Ankara International Aerospace Conference-AIAC-2011, Ankara, Turkey.
1. Dababneh, O. (2017). Pylon Knowledge Capture – A review of current pylon structural design requirements, geometric configurations and loading environment. Technical Report. PIPS-QUB-WP1.1-D1.1.3: Rolls Royce.
1. Dababneh, O. (2016). Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation for Aircraft Wing Mass Estimation, PhD Thesis, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK.
2. Dababneh, O. (2011). Design, Analysis and Optimization of Thin Walled Semi-Monocoque Wing Structures Using Different Structural Idealizations in the Preliminary Design Phase, MSc Thesis, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
Short Technical Courses
Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF)
Developing and managing links with the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) to generate and increase the commercial income of the University of South Wales – Aeronautical Engineering Department.
Successfully introduced the University of South Wales as providers of the following short courses, namely:
1. Airworthiness for Military Aircraft (1st – 10th of July 2019)
2. Design and Analysis of Aircraft Structures (26th of August – 4th of September 2019)
Successfully arranged a visit for the RSAF officers to the Aeronautical Engineering Department and introduced them to the Aeronautical and Aircraft Maintenance facilities.
Currently working closely with the RSAF on future training program for 2020 and beyond.
At present I have no funded positions. If you are able to secure your own funding and are interested in the research, please contact me. I have always interesting thesis topics in hand and look for hard working graduate students.
Areas of Expertise
Research Interests & Expertise
Design & Analysis of Aerospace Structures; Stress Analysis of Metallic & Composite Structures; Structural Design Optimization; Aeroelasticity; Finite Element Method; Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO).
MSC Patran, MSC Nastran, MSC FlightLoads and Dynamics; NX Siemens; HyperMesh; CATIA V5; MATLAB; FORTRAN
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