Eur Ing Dr Patricia H Winfield

BTech (Hons) PhD CEng FIMMM

Senior Lecturer
Deputy Head Sustainable Vehicle Engineering Centre (SVEC)


My first degree was in Materials Science and Technology from Bradford University. After I graduated, I went to work for Land Rover as a Development Engineer looking at the development of catalytic converters. From there I worked in various tier 1 companies who supplied components to the automotive manufacturers, continuing the research and development theme on several materials related research programmes. I then returned to academia to carry out research at Cranfield University at the Royal Military College of Science (RMCS) in Swindon, and whilst there completed my PhD in ‘Toughness development in Metal Matrix Composites’. I then joined Oxford Brookes University as a Research Fellow in the Joining Technology Research Centre in a role which combined teaching, research and consultancy around the theme of bonding technology. This research developed into an interest into the debonding of materials at the end of life and the recycling and reuse of materials. This work led to the formation of a network called DRIVENet in 2004 which looked at the dismantling and recycling of vehicles in the Automotive sector and from there a consideration of the ‘whole life’ of components and the formation of the Sustainable Vehicle Engineering Centre (SVEC) in 2008. The formation of SVEC has developed my interests in disbonding of materials, design for disassembly and the consideration of ‘whole life thinking, and Life Cycle Assessment in all sectors of industry.

Research activities

Deputy Head, Sustainable Vehicle Research Centre (SVEC)

The Sustainable Vehicle Engineering Centre (SVEC), provides the automotive sector with a unique combination of engineering and scientific skills. Our research is concerned with the whole lifecycle of the motor vehicle from raw materials, to design, powertrain, fuels, manufacture, disassembly, recycling and reuse of components and materials. Two particular aspects of current research include hybrid and electric vehicle technologies and lithium ion battery recycling; other research includes EU, TSB and EPSRC-funded projects on LCA of new sustainable materials and manufacturing routes, disassembly of bonded joints and safe deployment of pyrotechnic devices. The Centre also specialises in forecasting, strategy, business models and the implications of legislation for the automotive industry.

Research areas

  • Recycling and reuse of materials
  • Design for disassembly of materials at end of life
  • Disassembly of adhesive bonded joints for repair and end-of-life
  • End of life issues associated with Li-ion batteries
  • Life cycle assessment of Li-ion batteries, new materials
  • Safe deployment and disposal of pyrotechnic devices
  • Sustainability of future transportation
  • Electric mobility

Research Projects

Principal Investigator

  • £4.5M TSB Ultra low carbon vehicle demonstrator: MINI E project
  • £4M EPSRC Award under Low Carbon Vehicle Integrated Delivery Programme: Towards Affordable, Closed Loop Recyclable Future Low Carbon Vehicle Structures-TARF-LCV
  • £1.7M TSB project: Low cost, Durable Thermoplastic Hydrogen Storage Tanks: DURASTOR
  • £50K TSB A Feasibility Study on Economic Viability of UK Automotive Battery Recycling
  • £85K EPSRC Industrial Case award: Safe deployment and recycling of vehicle pyrotechnic devices

Knowledge Base Lead Supervisor

  • KTP with Stannah Stairlifts Ltd, sponsored by the TSB (£142k). Investigation into Whole life and end of life design methodology.


Module leader for

  • Materials and Manufacturing Techniques (MEng, BEng, BSc)
  • Also teach on

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

Recent publications

WJ Sweeting and PH Winfield, Energy Policy, 51, 2012, 927-938, Future transportation: Lifetime considerations and framework for sustainability assessment

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

Ryan McCurdy, Allan Hutchinson, Pat Winfield Journal of Advanced Engineering Materials. Volume 12 Number 7 (2010)646-652. Automotive material sustainability through reversible adhesives.

P.H. Winfield, N. Becerra and P. Kaczmar International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives 29(2009)702-709. Investigation of primer/preservative basecoats for timber using vacuum impregnation.

J Custodio, J Broughton, H Cruz, P Winfield International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives 29(2009)167-172. Activation of timber surfaces by flame and corona treatment

S.D. Savage, P.H. Winfield and A.R. Hutchinson, Sustainable Innovation 09, Farnham, UK, October 2009. The conflict in designing passenger vehicles to meet the requirements of lower carbon dioxide emissions and recycling at end-of-life.

RH McCurdy, AR Hutchinson and PH Winfield, Active disbonding of adhesive joints, EURADH Adhesion 2008.

Pat Winfield


Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Oxford Brookes University
Wheatley Campus
United Kingdom

Tel: +44(0)1865 48 3557
Fax: +44(0)1865 484179