Dr Whittaker joined Swansea University in 2003 and has produced over 60 publications including an invited book chapter and 40 papers in leading international journals on topics including High Temperature Lifing, Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue and Modern Creep Lifing Approaches. He is also a Board Member of the IOM3 Structure and Properties of Materials Committee.
Current research programmes involve sponsorship from EU Clean Skies, Rolls-Royce, EPSRC and ATI. Dr Whittaker has over 15 years of experience in a wide range of alloys and is leading the development of a code of practice for thermo-mechanical fatigue crack propagation testing. He is also heavily involved in creep lifing of alloys for the power generation/aerospace sectors, with particular expertise in property extrapolation using the recently developed 'Wilshire equations'.