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Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering

Dr Ariyan Ashkanfar

Dr Ariyan Ashkanfar

Telephone: 0151 904 1402


Ariyan gained a first BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2009, a distinction Master degree in Mechanical Engineering Design from the University of Manchester in 2011 and awarded a PhD in Biomedical engineering involving finite element analysis (FEA) and Python programming to develop a computational wear algorithm from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).

Upon completion of his PhD, Ariyan joined Newcastle University as a finite element specialist (Postdoctoral Research Associate), responsible for undertaking wear analysis using FEA at artificial human joints until December 2016 and then he joined LJMU as a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering Design.

Ariyan’s primary areas of research are mainly in mechanical modelling and FE analysis (Static and Dynamic) with the development of advanced meshing, programming in FE environments, computational wear and fatigue algorithms, modelling of complex contacts, modelling of human joints using CT, MRI or point cloud data, modelling complex material properties as well as Fatigue testing, CMM measurement, Profilometry, Microscopy and Impact testing.

BSc in Mechanical Engineering
MSc in Mechanical Engineering Design
Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering
Associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AF-HEA)
Associate degree in Machinery

Research interest:
Finite element modelling and analysis for design and operations
Programming and scripting in FE environments
Development of computational wear and fatigue algorithms
Wear and fatigue testing
Fracture Mechanics
Biomedical Engineering


Journal article

Ashkanfar A, Langton DJ, Joyce TJ. 2017. Does a micro-grooved trunnion stem surface finish improve fixation and reduce fretting wear at the taper junction of total hip replacements? A finite element evaluation JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, 63 :47-54 >DOI >Link >Public Url

Ashkanfar A, Langton DJ, Joyce TJ. 2017. A large taper mismatch is one of the key factors behind high wear rates and failure at the taper junction of total hip replacements: A finite element wear analysis Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 69 :257-266 >DOI >Public Url

ENGLISH RG, ASHKANFAR A, ROTHWELL G. 2015. The effect of different assembly loads on taper junction fretting wear in total hip replacements Tribology International, 95 :199-210 >DOI >Public Url

Ashkanfar A, English , Rothwell . 2015. A computational approach to fretting wear prediction at the head-stem taper junction of total hip replacements Wear, 338–339 :210-220 >Public Url