Personal profile


Andrew Moore received his BSc in Engineering Science and PhD in Optical Metrology from Loughborough University in 1988 and 1992 respectively. From 1992 to 1997 he worked at the Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, Mexico. He joined Heriot-Watt University in 1997 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He was an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow (October 2000 to September 2005) and is currently an AWE William Penney Fellow (August 2006 to March 2011). His research interests include dynamic, full-field optical instrumentation and its application to engineering measurement, fringe pattern analysis and thermal forming.

Research interests

Andrew Moore leads the Optical Diagnostics group at Heriot-Watt University. Optical diagnostic techniques provide greater understanding and control of scientific, biological and engineering systems. Light adds no extra mass or stiffness to the structure under test and measurements can be made at many points simultaneously under service conditions. We research novel optical techniques for measuring deformation, vibration, shape and fluid flow. Jointly with our collaborators, we apply these techniques to unique measurement problems in science and engineering. The group works closely with industry including AWE, Renishaw, BAE Systems.

Research Group Contact Details

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Roles & Responsibilities

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Research Output 1996 2018

Fluid and particle dynamics in laser powder bed fusion

Bidare, P., Bitharas, I., Ward, R. M., Attallah, M. M. & Moore, A. J. 1 Jan 2018 In : Acta Materialia. 142, p. 107-120 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
momentum transfer
Open Access
metal powder

Measurement of direct strain optic coefficient of YSZ thermal barrier coatings at GHz frequencies

Schemmel, P. J., Diederich, G. & Moore, A. J. 21 Aug 2017 In : Optics Express. 25, 17, p. 19968-19980 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
yttria-stabilized zirconia

Monitoring stress changes in carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites with GHz radiation

Schemmel, P. & Moore, A. J. 1 Aug 2017 In : Applied Optics. 56, 22, p. 6405-6409 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
carbon fibers
composite materials
structural health monitoring

Temperature measurement of a synthetic jet produced by a helmholtz cavity

Blanco M., A. D., Barrientos G., B., Moore, A. J. & Mares C., C. 2017 Emerging Challenges for Experimental Mechanics in Energy and Environmental Applications, Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Experimental Mechanics and 9th Symposium on Optics in Industry (ISEM-SOI), 2015. Martínez-García, A., Furlong, C., Barrientos, B. & Pryputniewicz, R. J. (eds.). Springer International Publishing, p. 145-152 8 p. (Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Temperature distribution
Cavity resonators
High speed cameras
Temperature measurement
Light emitting diodes



AWE William Penney Research Fellowship

Andrew J. Moore (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

AWE William Penney Research Fellowship

Andrew J. Moore (Recipient), 2006

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

BAE Systems Chairman's Bronze Award 2013

Andrew J. Moore (Recipient), 1 Jan 2013

Prize: Other distinction

Activities 2012 2012

  • 1 Membership of Advisory Panel

Photonics 21 (External organisation)

Moore, A. J. (Member)
2012 → …

Activity: Membership of Advisory Panel