IT Sligo Staff Profiles

DR Marion McAfee

Jt Lecturer

Contact Details

Jt Lecturer
Address

E: mcafee.marion@itsligo.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Dr McAfee has been a lecturer in the fields of Engineering Dynamics and Control since 2006. Her research interests are in modelling, optimisation and control of dynamic processes. She has a particular interest in the development of soft sensors for process validation and control. She is a Principal Investigator in Precision Engineering, Materials and Manufacturing Strategic Research Centre (PEM SRC) and the Mathematical Modelling Research Group. She is also a Funded Investigator in i-Form, the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing.

Research Interests

Process Monitoring and Control - particularly of polymer processes.
System Identification
Sensor Fusion
Soft Sensors
Process Spectroscopy
Process Modelling and Optimisation
Medical Device Manufacturing

Research Projects

  Project Role Description Start Date End Date
SFI Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Funded Investigator Spoke Project Additive Manufacturing for Production Process’ 01-JAN-18 31-DEC-22
North West Centre for Advanced Manufacturin Principal Investigator Centre for Advanced Manufactuiring 01-JAN-18 31-DEC-21
Precision Engineering and Manufacturing Technology Gateway Principal Investigator EI TG Programme 01-JAN-16 31-DEC-22
Bio-PolyTec Coordinator Enhanced process monitoring and control technology to accelerate the development of Bioresorbable Polymeric Medical Devices 01-DEC-13 30-NOV-15

CONTRACT_RESEARCHERS

  Researcher Name Project Role Funding Body
Darren Whitaker Bio-PolyTec Postdoctoral Student European Framework Programme Seven (FP7): Ireland

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2018) 'A UV-Vis spectroscopic method for monitoring of additive particle properties during polymer compounding'
Whitaker*, Darren A. and Buchanan, Fraser and Lennon, Domhnall and Billham, Mark and McAfee, Marion (2018) 'A UV-Vis spectroscopic method for monitoring of additive particle properties during polymer compounding'. Polymer International, 67 :392-398 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'A soft sensor for prediction of mechanical properties of extruded PLA sheet using an instrumented slit die and machine learning algorithms'
Mulrennan, Konrad and Donovan, John and Creedon, Leo and Rogers, Ian and Lyons, John G and McAfee, Marion (2018) 'A soft sensor for prediction of mechanical properties of extruded PLA sheet using an instrumented slit die and machine learning algorithms'. Polymer Testing, 69 :462-469 [Details]
(2014) 'The application of computational chemistry and chemometrics to developing a method for online monitoring of polymer degradation in the manufacture of bioresorbable medical implants'
Whitaker, D.A., Buchanan, F., Lennon, D., Billham, M., McAfee, M. (2014) 'The application of computational chemistry and chemometrics to developing a method for online monitoring of polymer degradation in the manufacture of bioresorbable medical implants'. Communications in Computer and Information Science, 461 :215-225 [Details]
(2012) 'Application of nonlinear PCA for fault detection in polymer extrusion processes'
Liu, XQ,Li, K,McAfee, M,Deng, J (2012) 'Application of nonlinear PCA for fault detection in polymer extrusion processes'. Neural Computing & Applications, 21 :1141-1148 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Dynamic gray-box modeling for on-line monitoring of polymer extrusion viscosity'
Liu, XQ,Li, K,McAfee, M,Nguyen, BK,McNally, GM (2012) 'Dynamic gray-box modeling for on-line monitoring of polymer extrusion viscosity'. Polymer Engineering and Science, 52 :1332-1341 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'The inferential monitoring of screw load torque to predict process fluctuations in polymer extrusion'
Abeykoon, C,McAfee, M,Li, K,Martin, PJ,Kelly, AL (2011) 'The inferential monitoring of screw load torque to predict process fluctuations in polymer extrusion'. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY, 211 :1907-1918 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'A new model based approach for the prediction and optimisation of thermal homogeneity in single screw extrusion'
Abeykoon, C,Li, K,McAfee, M,Martin, PJ,Niu, Q,Kelly, AL,Deng, J (2011) 'A new model based approach for the prediction and optimisation of thermal homogeneity in single screw extrusion'. Control Engineering Practice, 19 :862-874 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'Improved nonlinear PCA for process monitoring using support vector data description'
Liu, XQ,Li, K,McAfee, M,Irwin, GW (2011) 'Improved nonlinear PCA for process monitoring using support vector data description'. Journal Of Process Control, 21 :1306-1317 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Dynamic gray-box modeling for on-line monitoring of polymer extrusion viscosity'
Liu, X., Li, K., McAfee, M., Nguyen, B.K., McNally, G.M. (2012) 'Dynamic gray-box modeling for on-line monitoring of polymer extrusion viscosity'. Polymer Engineering and Science, 52 (6):1332-1341 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Water spray cooling of polymers'
Tan, S.B., Hornsby, P.R., McAfee, M.B., Kearns, M.P., McCourt, M.P. (2012) 'Water spray cooling of polymers'. Polymer Engineering and Science, 52 (5):1069-1080 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Application of nonlinear PCA for fault detection in polymer extrusion processes'
Liu, X., Li, K., McAfee, M., Deng, J. (2012) 'Application of nonlinear PCA for fault detection in polymer extrusion processes'. Neural Computing and Applications, 21 (6):1141-1148 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'A new model based approach for the prediction and optimisation of thermal homogeneity in single screw extrusion'
Abeykoon, C., Li, K., McAfee, M., Martin, P.J., Niu, Q., Kelly, A.L., Deng, J. (2011) 'A new model based approach for the prediction and optimisation of thermal homogeneity in single screw extrusion'. Control Engineering Practice, 19 (8):862-874 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'Internal cooling in rotational molding-A review'
Tan, S.B., Hornsby, P.R., McAfee, M.B., Kearns, M.P., McCourt, M.P. (2011) 'Internal cooling in rotational molding-A review'. Polymer Engineering and Science, 51 (9):1683-1692 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'Improved nonlinear PCA for process monitoring using support vector data description'
Liu, X., Li, K., McAfee, M., Irwin, G.W. (2011) 'Improved nonlinear PCA for process monitoring using support vector data description'. Journal of Process Control, 21 (9):1306-1317 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'The inferential monitoring of screw load torque to predict process fluctuations in polymer extrusion'
Abeykoon, C., McAfee, M., Li, K., Martin, P.J., Kelly, A.L. (2011) 'The inferential monitoring of screw load torque to predict process fluctuations in polymer extrusion'. Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 211 (12):1907-1918 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'Quantitative characterization of clay dispersion in polymer-clay nanocomposites'
Xie, S., Harkin-Jones, E., Shen, Y., Hill, J., Hornsby, P., McAfee, M., McNally, T., Patel, R., Benkreira, H., Coates, P. (2011) 'Quantitative characterization of clay dispersion in polymer-clay nanocomposites'. Macromolecular Symposia, 301 (1):151-156 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Improved nonlinear PCA based on RBF networks and principal curves'
Liu, X., Li, K., McAfee, M., Deng, J. (2010) 'Improved nonlinear PCA based on RBF networks and principal curves'. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 6328 LNCS (PART 1):7-15 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Modelling the effects of operating conditions on motor power consumption in single screw extrusion'
Abeykoon, C., McAfee, M., Li, K., Martin, P.J., Deng, J., Kelly, A.L. (2010) 'Modelling the effects of operating conditions on motor power consumption in single screw extrusion'. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 6329 LNCS (PART 2):9-20 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Structure-property relationships in biaxially deformed polypropylene nanocomposites'
Abu-Zurayk, R., Harkin-Jones, E., McNally, T., Menary, G., Martin, P., Armstrong, C., McAfee, M. (2010) 'Structure-property relationships in biaxially deformed polypropylene nanocomposites'. Composites Science and Technology, 70 (9):1353-1359 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Sintering of biphasic calcium phosphates'
Brown, O., McAfee, M., Clarke, S., Buchanan, F. (2010) 'Sintering of biphasic calcium phosphates'. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, 21 (8):2271-2279 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Quantitative characterization of clay dispersion in polypropylene-clay nanocomposites by combined transmission electron microscopy and optical microscopy'
Xie, S., Harkin-Jones, E., Shen, Y., Hornsby, P., McAfee, M., McNally, T., Patel, R., Benkreira, H., Coates, P. (2010) 'Quantitative characterization of clay dispersion in polypropylene-clay nanocomposites by combined transmission electron microscopy and optical microscopy'. Materials Letters, 64 (2):185-188 [DOI] [Details]
(2007) 'Enhancing process insight in polymer extrusion by grey box modelling'
McAfee, M. (2007) 'Enhancing process insight in polymer extrusion by grey box modelling'. Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control, 29 (5):467-488 [DOI] [Details]
(2007) 'A novel approach to dynamic modelling of polymer extrusion for improved process control'
McAfee, M., Thompson, S. (2007) 'A novel approach to dynamic modelling of polymer extrusion for improved process control'. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part I: Journal of Systems and Control Engineering, 221 (4):617-628 [DOI] [Details]
(2006) 'Real-time measurement of melt viscosity in single-screw extrusion'
McAfee, M., McNally, G. (2006) 'Real-time measurement of melt viscosity in single-screw extrusion'. Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control, 28 (5):481-497 [DOI] [Details]
(2006) 'Energy efficient extrusion'
McAfee, M. (2006) 'Energy efficient extrusion'. Materials World, 14 (11):32-34 [Details]

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
IT Sligo Lecturer in Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering 01-NOV-10 /
IT Sligo Development Engineer 20-NOV-09 / 31-OCT-10
Queen's University Belfast Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering 01-APR-06 / 18-NOV-09
Queen's University Belfast Post-Doctoral Research Fellow 01-OCT-05 / 31-MAR-06

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2005 Queen's University Belfast PhD A Soft Sensor for Viscosity Control of Polymer Extrusion
2002 Queen's University Belfast MEng Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
2077 Queen's University Belfast PGCE PG Cert Higher Education Teaching

Teaching Interests

Lecturer in Engineering Dynamics and Control

Modules Taught

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
202000 CS Analysis and Design 401 31879CS Analysis and Design 401
202000 Eng Des Sim 31866Eng Des Sim
202000 Mechanics Dynamics 402 31858Mechanics Dynamics 402
202000 DYNAMICS 24436DYNAMICS
202000 Mechanics Dynamics 31833Mechanics Dynamics
202000 Mechatronics Project 400 31898Mechatronics Project 400
202000 Vehicle Dynamics and Control 42154Vehicle Dynamics and Control
202000 CS Analysis and Design 401 31878CS Analysis and Design 401
201502 Digital Control Systems Analysis and Design 402 MECT08003Control Engineering
202000 Eng Des Sim 31845Eng Des Sim
201501 Digital Control Systems Analysis and Design 401 MECT08002Control Engineering