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Dr Matthew Greaves

Dr Matthew Greaves

Snr Lecturer in Accident Investigation
Cranfield Safety and Accident Investigation Centre
Department of Air Transport
T: +44 (0) 1234 754243

Areas of expertise

Aerospace, Aeronautical Systems, Air Transport Safety and Accident Investigation, Automotive, Integrated Vehicle Health Management

Current Activities

Matthew is leading the University project looking at new HUMS sensors for use in helicopter gearboxes. This project is focussing specifically on bearing degradation as seen in the accident involving G-REDL.

Other recent research projects include trajectory analysis for investigation of mid-air breakups, the use of commercial satellite imagery in accident investigation and a fuzzy logic approach to triggered transmission of flight data during accidents. The latter project was undertaken as part of the Triggered Transmission Working Group organised by the Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA) in response to the accident to Air France Flight 447, and the results were presented at ICAO in March 2011.
He is the Course Director for the MSc in Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics MSc.
  • Background

    Matthew Greaves holds a Bachelor's degree in engineering from Loughborough University. After graduating, he stayed on at Loughborough to complete a PhD dealing with noise and vibration in gas turbine engines, which was supported by Rolls Royce. His thesis dealt with the application of innovative techniques to suppress noise and vibration in the intakes of aircraft gas turbine engines.

    After completing his PhD he joined the science research company QinetiQ (formerly DERA) as part of the Smart Materials business group. He worked there for 4 years on a variety of science and defence projects addressing a wide range of issues and applications. He is still used to provide advice and consultancy to QinetiQ through their Trusted Fellow scheme.

    Matthew joined the University in 2008 and is a Lecturer at the Department of Air Transport, where he specialises in engineering aspects of safety and accident investigation. His research focuses on the use of science and technology both in the accident investigation process and for the enhancement of safety.

  • Clients

    Matthew has worked with a wide variety of companies and organisations including:
    • UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB)
    • Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA)
    • Airbus
    • UK CAA
    • Boeing.