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Nick Hamilton BEng(Hons). PGcert.

Principal Research Fellow


Summary

Nick Hamilton is a principal research fellow at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) and works design, innovation, analysis and manufacture of sports products. He has developed a wide variety of products for a diverse range of sporting companies from ice skates to carbon fibre time trial bikes, golf clubs to hang glider components. In addition to his research, Nick leads the CSER Design Engineering research theme group and is vice chair of the Outdoor recreation research group.

About

Nick Hamilton is a principal research fellow at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER). His research interests centralise around the design, innovation, analysis and manufacture of sports products. 

Nick studied mechanical engineering at Swansea University before joining CSER in 2006. His current research supports a diverse variety of partners in the sports industry in the design engineering of their products; from ice skates to carbon fibre time trial bikes, golf clubs to hang glider components. With the intention of prevention of injury, improving performance and increasing participation.  

Nick also leads the CSER design engineering research theme group and supervises several PhD students. Alongside his research Nick is heavily involved in the organisation of running of multiple Sheffield based cycling events and groups He is the co-founder of This is Sheffield, a director of Blue Steel strength and conditioning, vice chair of the Outdoor Recreational Research Group and freelance writing for mountain bike publications.

Areas of interest:

  • Sports Engineering
  • Sports Equipment Design
  • CAD
  • Product Design & development
  • Product analysis
  • Golf
  • Mountain biking 
  • Snow sports 

Teaching

MSc Sports Engineering:

  • Innovation and enterprise
  • Computer simulation of sports equipment


Research

Research centre:

  • Centre for Sports engineering Research (CSER)

Research theme groups:

Current research projects:

  • Active Environments – Harworth Estates and HEIF
  • STRI Trueness meters
  • Paper Retail  Assessment 

Collaborators and sponsors:

  • English Institute of Sport Innovation and Technology Partnership
  • Rocca Creative
  • Harworth Estates and HEIF

Publications

Key Publications

Adams, C., James, D., Senior, T., Allen, T., & Hamilton, N. (2016). Development of a method for measuring quasi-static stiffness of snowboard wrist protectors. Procedia Engineering, 147, 378-383. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2016.06.320

Adams, C., James, D., Senior, T., Allen, T., & Hamilton, N. (2018). Effect of surrogate design on the measured stiffness of snowboarding wrist protectors. Sports Engineering, 15, 42. http://doi.org/10.1007/s12283-018-0266-1

Newton-Mann, C., Winwood, K., Driscoll, H., Hamilton, N., & Allen, T. (2018). Finite element model of an impact on a palmar pad from a snowboard wrist protector. Proceedings, 2 (6), 314. http://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2060314

Leslie, G., Wang, W., Winwood, K., Liauw, C., Hamilton, N., & Allen, T. (2020). Effect of Surrogate Surface Compliance on the Measured Stiffness of Snowboarding Wrist Protectors. Proceedings, 49 (1), e84. http://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2020049084

Sconce, E., Heller, B., Maden-Wilkinson, T., & Hamilton, N. (2021). Development of a novel Nordic hamstring exercise device to measure and modify the knee flexors’ torque-length relationship. Frontiers in Sport and Active Living, 3, 629606. http://doi.org/10.3389/fspor.2021.629606

Journal articles

Trejo Ramirez, M.P., Wheat, J., James, D., Warmenhoven, J., & Hamilton, N. (2019). Evaluation of the effects of traction on ankle kinematics during a side cut using bfPCA (abstract only). Footwear Science, 11 (sup1), S25-S27. http://doi.org/10.1080/19424280.2019.1606059

Adams, C., James, D., Senior, T., Allen, T., & Hamilton, N. (2018). Correction to: Effect of surrogate design on the measured stiffness of snowboarding wrist protectors (Sports Engineering, (2018), 21, 3, (217-225), 10.1007/s12283-018-0266-1). Sports Engineering, 21 (3), 227. http://doi.org/10.1007/s12283-018-0275-0

Hamilton, N., & Senior, T. (2006). Development of equipment to compare novel ice skate blade materials. . http://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-45951-6_24

Hamilton, N.D.R., Senior, T., & Haake, S. (2004). The rolling resistance of wheelchairs. .

Hart, J., Curtis, D., Hamilton, N.D.R., & Haake, S. (2004). Scanning large geometries for use in computational fluid dynamic analysis. .

Conference papers

Domone, S., Wheat, J., Choppin, S., Hamilton, N., & Heller, B. (2012). Wavelet based de-noising of non-stationary kinematic signals. In 30th Annual Conference of Biomechanics in Sports, Melbourne, Australia, 2 July 2012 - 6 July 2012. http://w4.ub.uni-konstanz.de/cpa/issue/view/ISBS2012

Theses / Dissertations

Adams, C. (2018). Development of methods to evaluate the performance of snowboard wrist protectors. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Hamilton, N. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00166

Domone, S.K. (2014). Validation and uncertainty of inverse dynamics analysis applied to high acceleration movements. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Wheat, J., Choppin, S., & Hamilton, N.

Postgraduate supervision

Current supervised PhD students

  • Adams, C., Evaluating the performance of snowboard wrist protectors 
  • Newton-Mann, C., Finite Element Modelling of Snowboard Wrist Protectors

Completed supervised PhD students:

  • Domone, S., Validation and uncertainty of inverse dynamics analysis applied to high acceleration movements, June 2014 

Media

Nick Hamilton is a principal research fellow at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) and works design, innovation, analysis and manufacture of sports products. He has developed a wide variety of products for a diverse range of sporting companies from ice skates to carbon fibre time trial bikes, golf clubs to hang glider components. In addition to his research, Nick leads the CSER design engineering research theme group and vice chair of the Outdoor Recreation Research Group; a unique multidisciplinary unit focused on delivering interdisciplinary consultancy and research in the outdoor sector. 

The Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) is led by Dr David James. It is the world's largest academic group in sports engineering and an internationally renowned centre of excellence for research and knowledge transfer. The centre's work is based on four research disciplines; applied computing, biomechanics, design engineering, and skill acquisition. In each area, researchers develop fundamental knowledge and deliver applied solutions to enhance athletic performance, reduce injury and promote physical activity. 

CSER works in partnership with many sport, health and commercial organisations. We are immensely proud of our work with Team GB Olympic, and Paralympic athletes, and we enjoy research partnerships with global organisations such as the International Tennis Federation, FIFA, and Adidas. 

 Areas of expertise:

  • Sports Engineering
  • Sports Equipment Design
  • CAD
  • Product Design & development
  • Product analysis
  • Golf
  • Mountain biking 
  • Snow sports 

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