Professor Richard Day

Job Role
Pro Vice-Chancellor Research
C13d/ Composites Centre


Prof Day originally studied Physics at Queen Mary London before a MSc in the Physics of Materials at Bristol University. He returned to London to study for a PhD in single crystal polymers.

He worked for 23 years at the University of Manchester before moving to Wrexham Glyndwr University in 2010 and lived for more than 25 years in Stockport.

He has cycled a lot but more recently has been walking with the family dog, a  Goberian (Husky/Golden Retriever cross). His hobbies are electronics and DIY, the latter born of necessity living in a very old house! He also enjoys baking and is known for randomly bringing cakes to work, also for his videos of baking on the intranet.

His research interests are driven by looking for ways of making composites to reduce the environmental footprint and increase energy efficiency. The research is undertaken is a state of the art laboratory which is at the Advanced Composites Training and Development Centre, a joint activity between WGU and Airbus, situated at the Airbus site in Broughton.





CPhys PhD




Composites Engineering

Low energy (green) technologies for composites manufacture


All programmes (projects)

MSc composites when approved.


Absorbing materials influencing homogenous part heating for microwaving composites

B. Nuhiji, M.P. Bower, W.A.E. Proud, S.J. Burpo, R.J. Day, R.J. Scaife, T. Swait,

Materials, submitted

Aerodynamic Analysis and Design of a Rim-Driven Fan for Fast Flight,

R.C. Bolam, Y. Vagapov, R.J. Day,  A. Anuchin,

Journal of Propulsion and Power 37(2), pp 179-191, 2021 DOI 10.2514/1.B37736

Simulation of carbon fibre composites in an industrial microwave,

B. Nuhiji, M.P. Bower, T. Swait, V. Phadnis, R.J. Day and R.J. Scaife,

Materials Today-Proceedings, 34, pp82-92, 2021 DOI10.1016/j.matpr.2020.01.284

Tooling materials compatible with carbon fibre composites in a microwave environment

B. Nuhiji, T. Swait, M.P. Bower and R.J. Scaife.

Composites Part B-Engineering   Vol 163   pp 769-778 2019

Internal Model Control of a Domestic Microwave for Carbon Composite Curing

J.E. Green, B.  Nuhiji, K. Zivtins, R.J Day and R.J, Scaife

IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques   Vol 65 (11)   pp 4335-4346   Part: 1  2017

Aerospace composite cured by quickstep and autoclave processing techniques: Evaluation and comparison of reaction progress

L. A. Khan, A.  Kausar and R.J. Day,

Aerospace Science and Technology Volume 65 pp 100-105 Jun 2017

Damage in single lap joints of woven fabric reinforced polymeric composites subjected to transverse impact loading

R. S Choudhry, S.F. Hassan, S. Li and R.J. Day

International Journal of Impact Engineering Volume: 80 pp 76-93 Jun 2015 10.1016/j.ijimpeng.2015.02.003