Prof Allan Hutchinson


Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Head of Sustainable Vehicle Engineering Centre


Allan has worked at Oxford Brookes since 1987. His first degree in civil engineering formed part of a 5-year sandwich degree course that was followed by a PhD in adhesive bonding technology. An outcome of that work was joint authorship of a seminal book entitled Adhesives in Civil Engineering. After working as a research engineer in the commercial sector he joined the former Oxford Polytechnic as a research fellow. He was variously acting head, deputy head and head of the Joining Technology Research Centre between 1990 and 2008. In that time he developed many new themes and initiated numerous research projects for the application of adhesives and sealants in the construction, aerospace and automotive industries. He assimilated to the position of professor in 2000. He was leader of Oxford Brookes’ core partner team in the Faraday Advance Partnership in Automotive and Aerospace Materials that was managed by Oxford University, beginning in 2001.

Allan established the Sustainable Vehicle Engineering Centre (SVEC) in 2008 with an investment from the university. Its purpose is to address current and future challenges facing the global automotive industry and assess the very essence of personal mobility. Allan is the author of around 120 publications in the fields of adhesives, composites, sealants and materials technology, including authorship / co-authorship of six books, book chapters and industry guides. He has been the investigator/co-investigator for about £10m of research and consultancy at Oxford Brookes.

Allan is a director of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), a national membership-based organisation that is based in London.

Institution memberships:

  • CEng MICE Chartered engineer and member of the Institution of Civil Engineers
  • FIMMM Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
  • FIMI Fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry

Research activities:

Head of the Sustainable Vehicle Engineering Centre (SVEC):

SVEC is concerned with low carbon vehicle development with the purpose of driving innovation to create effective, affordable, energy- and resource-efficient transport. Our research deals with: forecasting, strategy and the implications of legislation; whole life-cycle energy analysis for vehicles equipped with different forms of power-train; development of engineering technologies that contribute to sustainability, such as light-weighting and disbond-on-demand structural bonding solutions; design for end-of-life and closed-loop recycling; electric vehicle introduction and e-mobility research, including wireless charging. Since our creation in 2008 we quickly became recognized for running high profile seminars and conferences, such as the Whole Life Vehicle Conference at Turweston in 2009, and engaging in large-scale national and European research projects. Much of this work has been truly inter-disciplinary. We were chosen as BMW’s academic partner for their MINI-E research project which included aspects of driver experience and behaviour, energy monitoring from the grid and from the cars, and the development of business models for fleet uptake of electric vehicles. Motorsport is viewed as a powerful motivator in winning the hearts and minds of the public to effect a change in personal mobility. We are combining Oxford Brookes’ reputation for motorsport with our growing profile in electric vehicle research and low carbon vehicles. To date we have participated in a number of public-facing activities such as the Bridgestone Eco Rally and the Sustainable MotoExpo in Cheltenham. Bring on Formula E in 2014!

Research areas:

  • Durability of structural adhesive joints
  • Design and analysis of bonded and sealed joints
  • Development of disbond-on-demand structural adhesive bonding solutions
  • Design of automotive structures for end-of-life
  • Light-weighting of automotive structures
  • Energy usage by electric vehicles
  • Energy storage solutions
  • Whole life energy and emissions analysis for vehicles
  • Wireless charging of electric vehicles
  • Business models for electric vehicles

Recent research projects as PI/CI/Lead Academic:

  • EPSRC GR/S87577/01 DRIVENet (Network for the design for dismantling, reuse and recycling in road vehicles), 2004-7, £62k.
  • EPSRC GR/S27245/01 Design and Fabrication of Low NVH Multi-Material Automotive Vehicle Structures, 2005-7, £373k
  • EPSRC CASE studentship. Pyrotechnic devices, 2008-11, £85k
  • EPSRC LCV TARF (Towards Affordable closed-loop Recyclable Future vehicles: flagship £5m, 8-university consortium), 2011-15, £480k
  • TSB Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator Programme TP11/LCV/6/I/BF045J MINI E Project UK, 2009-11, £400k
  • TSB Durastor (Low cost thermoplastic hydrogen storage vessel), 2009-13, £80k
  • TSB Battery recycling feasibility study, 2011-12, £44k
  • KTP with Yasa Motors, 2011-13, £142k
  • KTP with Stannah Stairlifts, 2010-12, £140k
  • EU Power programme, E-Mobility Accelerator project, 2010-11, £80k
  • EU Atlantic Area Programme, BATTERIE project, 2012-14
  • EU Atlantic Area Programme, REPUTE project, 2014-15, £90k


All aspects of design, materials engineering, joining technology, automotive engineering and sustainability.

Module leader for

  • Materials Engineering (BSc, BEng, MEng)
  • Advanced Materials Engineering and Joining Technology (MSc, MEng)
  • Sustainable Engineering (BSc) and Sustainable Engineering Technology (MSc, MEng)

Also teach on

  • Principles of Technology (Foundation)
  • Mechanical Applications of Technology (Foundation)
  • Materials and Manufacturing Techniques (BSc, BEng)
  • Research and Study Methods (MSc, MEng)
  • Project supervision (BSc, BEng, MSc, MEng)

Recent publications:

AR Hutchinson and D Morrey, Guide to energy and publicly-accessible transport in rural areas, ISBN 978-1-873640-88/3, EU REPUTE project, Oxford Brookes University, June 2015.

M Raugei, D Morrey, AR Hutchinson and PH Winfield. ‘A coherent life cycle assessment of a range of lightweighting strategies for compact vehicles’, J Cleaner Production, on-line June 2015.

MI Clarke, JG Broughton, AR Hutchinson, M Buckley. ‘Application of the design of experiments procedure to the behaviour of adhesively bonded joints with plastically deformable adherends to enable further understanding of strain-rate sensitivity’. Int J Adhesion and Adhesives, 44, 2013, pp226-231.

RH McCurdy, AR Hutchinson and PH Winfield. ‘The mechanical performance of adhesive joints containing active disbonding agents’, Int J Adhesion and Adhesives, 46, 2013, pp100-113.

AR Hutchinson, PH Winfield and D Morrey. ‘Automotive structures: design for disassembly and the role of adhesive bonding’, Materials Science Forum Vol 765, 2013, 721-725.

A R Hutchinson and JG Broughton, ‘Adhesives’, in Construction Materials Reference Book, 2nd edn. (eds DK Doran and R Cather), Taylor and Francis, 2013.

MN Hooper, AR Hutchinson, JG Broughton and MA Taylor. ‘Development of a novel test rig for the evaluation of aircraft fuel tank sealant’. Journal of Testing and Evaluation, ASTM, 40 (1), 2012, 177-183.

M Clarke, JG Broughton, AR Hutchinson and M Buckley. ‘An investigation into the use of an embedded-process zone model for predicting the structural behaviour of adhesive bonded joints’, Int J Vehicle Structures and Systems, 3 (3), 2012, 203-209.

WJ Sweeting, AR Hutchinson and SD Savage. ‘Factors affecting electric vehicle energy consumption’. Int J Sustainable Engineering, 4 (3), 2011, 192-201.

AR Hutchinson, PH Winfield and RH McCurdy. ‘Automotive material sustainability though reversible adhesives’, J Advanced Engineering Materials, 12 (7), 2010, pp646-652.

G Fessel, JG Broughton, NA Fellows, JF Durodola and AR Hutchinson. ‘Fatigue performance of metallic reverse-bent joints, Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures, 32, 2009, 704-712.

A R Hutchinson, Adhesives for externally-bonded FRP reinforcement, in ICE Manual of Construction Materials (ed. M Forde), Thomas Telford, London, Chapter 57, Vol 2, pp667-673, 2009.

A R Hutchinson, Selection of foam back-up material for use in sealed joints in cladding and curtain walling, in Handbook of Sealant Technology (eds. K L Mittal and A Pizzi), Taylor and Francis, New York, Chapter 12, pp289-310, 2009.

A R Hutchinson, Surface preparation of component materials, in Strengthening and Rehabilitation of Civil Infrastructures using Fibre-reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites (eds. L C Hollaway and J-G Teng), Woodhead Publishing and CRC Press, Cambridge and Boca Raton, Chapter 3, 2008.

J Custodio, JG Broughton, H Cruz and AR Hutchinson. ‘A review of adhesion promotion techniques for solid timber substrates’, J Adhesion, 84 (6), 2008, 502-529.

PH Winfield, AR Hutchinson and MJ Pemberton. Whole life vehicle waste streams – a global perspective, ISBN 978 0 9556254 1-1, Oxford Brookes University, 2007.

G Fessel, JG Broughton, NA Fellows, JF Durodola and AR Hutchinson. Evaluation of different lap-shear joint geometries for automotive applications. International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, 27 (7), 2007, 574-583.

Allan Hutchinson


Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Oxford Brookes University
Wheatley Campus
United Kingdom