Olivier Durieux

Job Role
Senior Lecturer in Engineering


I am currently teaching modern automotive powertrain technology and automotive chassis dynamics across all levels including Master degree level.

In 1998, I studied at Wrexham Glyndŵr University (at the time it was called the North East Wales Institute of HE!) after graduating in Mechanical Design and Production Engineering in France.

My experience includes more than 15 years of teaching and 3 years of industrial activities. When in France, I was responsible for the commissioning and the after-sales activities of the filling machines from Newtec International (A company specialised in the fabrication of filling solutions for oil, juice, wine and mineral water). It allowed me to work worldwide with the leaders in this field: Total, Elf, Grant whiskey group, Nestlé or Evian along many others!).

My hobbies include travelling, DIY and renovating appartments!


BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Mechanical Engineering (NEWI)

M.Phil.  Stress Analysis (stress concentrations factors in welded structures) (University of Wales)

DUT Mechanical Design and Production Engineering (University of Aix-en-Provence, France)


My current research focuses on the evaluation of the mechanical/electrical properties relations of some carbon fibres. The aim of this is to develop a set of suitable intrinsic sensors capable of measuring the stress, the strain and impacts that carbon reinforced plastic structures are subjected to during their manufacturing process, transport and service life.


FD Industrial Eng / Foundation Year Mathematics.

BEng Automotive: Automotive Systems, Car Chassis, Internal Combustion Engines, Engines and Powertrains, Engineering Design, Dynamics.

MEng/MSc: Manufacture and Production Strategy, Advanced Design Analysis, Advanced Powertrain Design.


Book Chapter:

Embedding Enterprise and Entrepreneurship – A step in the right direction. Bradley, M. and Oram, D. (eds.) A chapter called : "Why bother"​ ... where I discussed what is happening when tutors are overprotecting projects and why "fun" must be the moto.


Forced air cooled heat sink with uniformly distributed temperature of power electronic modules, with C. Bünnagel, S. Monir, A. Sharp, A. Anuchin, I. Uria, and Y. Vagapov, in Applied Thermal Engineering, vol. 199, Nov. 2021, 

Practical Characterisation of the Piezo Electric Properties of a 3k T300 Carbon Fibre for Impact Sensoring, with Frank Mirshof and Yuriy Vagapov, in Proc., ElConRus Moscow (IEEE), 2018

Impact of Digitised Efficiency Map on Automotive Powertrain Modelling, with Michael Griebler, Roustiam Chakirov and Yuriy Vagapov,

In Proc., 5th International Technology Association (IEEE), 2013.

Estimation of thermocouple measurement errors for the ceramic specimen surface temperature in thermal tests, with Gennadiy Sereda and Andrey Shulyakovskiy, International Journal of Engineering Systems Modelling and Simulation, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2012.

A comparison of the mechanical properties of lab mixed and mass produced high performance polyurethane elastomers, with Tom Boddington,

In proc., International Workshop on Advanced Composite Materials and Technologies for Aerospace Applications, 2012

Misfire detection of internal combustion engine using spectral analysis of crankshaft velocity, with Yuriy Vagapov, In Proc. 21st Sci.Conf. on Electrical Engineering, pp.59-61, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 2002

Using spectral analysis for misfire detection of internal combustion engine,  with Yuriy Vagapov and Vladim Guliaev, In Trans “Industrial Electrical Engineering Equipment”, pp.153-159, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 2002