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I'm Associate Dean (Education and Student Experience) in the School of Engineering. I joined LSBU in 2016, after working as a postdoctoral researcher at UCL and Bristol University, and as a teaching fellow at Portsmouth University. As a lecturer, I teach Engineering Design to mechanical engineers, and Mechanical Engineering to designers.

My research interests focus on ice, mostly in the Arctic. For several decades, the volume of Arctic sea ice has decreased, and soon there may be only seasonal ice which freezes in the winter and then melts away in the summer. My research ask how we can understand this geophysical development by understanding the basic engineering and mechanics of sea ice.

I’m interested in ice friction because the way the ice floes slide past each other can help us to understand the energy balance of the Arctic ocean. This research also has relevance for Arctic engineering. For example, it helps to answer questions about how icebreakers should be designed.

I’ve recently investigated how sea ice rubble - fragments of broken sea ice - affects the way ice moves around the Arctic. Does the rubble act like ball bearings, and help make things move, or does it act like grit, and cause extra friction? In another project, I’ve looked at acoustic emissions from sea ice. When the ice starts to break, it emits sounds. I’m looking at how these sounds can help us understand the ways the ice breaks. One application of this research is on ice roads in Canada, where, by listening to these acoustic emissions, we can check that the roads are safe to navigate.

I work alongside climate modellers and geophysicists to take these engineering-scale insights and translate them into geophysical scale, so that we can predict the future of the whole Arctic. I also help to write the ISO Standard for Arctic Offshore Engineering, which means that anyone building infrastructure for icy water has a shared set of codes and practices.

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Mrs Kristina KerwinImproving Design for Circularity of Electrical and Electronics Equipment (ID4CEEE)PhD
Mr Jerome Alexander Graves3D imaging of ice cores using ultrasoundPhD

Awarded in the last 5 years
Sally ScourfieldPhD
PhD

Cambridge University

2004
2007
MPhil

Cambridge University

2003
2004
MEng

Cambridge University

1999
2003
FunderYear wonProjectRole
UPP Foundation2022The LSBU Energy Advice CentrePrincipal Investigator
Greater London Authority2022Net Zero FuturesPrincipal Investigator
ProposalProjectRoleFunderStatusStatus last updated
Net Zero Futures (Source 1471)Net Zero FuturesPrincipal InvestigatorGreater London AuthorityOPEN Approved for submissionJul 2022

Acoustic emissions as a measure of damage in ice
Lishman, B, Marchenko, A, Shortt, M and Sammonds, P (2019). Acoustic emissions as a measure of damage in ice. Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions. Delft, The Netherlands

Prototype wireless sensors for monitoring subsurface processes in snow and firn
Bagshaw, E, Karlsson, N, Lok, LB, Lishman, B, Clare, L, Nicholls, K, Burrow, S, Wadham, J, Eisen, O, Corr, H, Brennan, P and Dahl-Jensen, D (2018). Prototype wireless sensors for monitoring subsurface processes in snow and firn. Journal of Glaciology. 2018, pp. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1017/jog.2018.76

Acoustic emissions from in situ compression and indentation experiments on sea ice
Lishman, B., Marchenko, A., Sammonds, P. and Murdza, A. (2019). Acoustic emissions from in situ compression and indentation experiments on sea ice. Cold Regions Science and Technology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coldregions.2019.102987

The influence of closed brine pockets and permeable brine channels on the thermo-elastic properties of saline ice
Marchenko, A and Lishman, B (2016). The influence of closed brine pockets and permeable brine channels on the thermo-elastic properties of saline ice. Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 375 (2086). https://doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2015.0351

Recrystallisation and damage of ice in winter sports
Seymour-Pierce, A, Lishman, B and Sammonds, P (2016). Recrystallisation and damage of ice in winter sports. Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 375 (2086). https://doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2015.0353

The friction of saline ice on aluminium
Lishman, B and Wallen-Russell, C. (2016). The friction of saline ice on aluminium. Advances in Tribology. p. 1483951. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/1483951

2D DEM of Ice Rubble: the effect of rate-dependent friction.
Lishman, B and Polojärvi, A (2015). 2D DEM of Ice Rubble: the effect of rate-dependent friction. Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions. Trondheim, Norway 14 - 18 Jun 2015 London South Bank University.

Properties of thermo-elastic waves in saline ice
Marchenko, A and Lishman, B (2015). Properties of thermo-elastic waves in saline ice. Proceedings of the 23nd International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions. Trondheim, Norway London South Bank University.

The effect of ice rubble on ice-ice sliding
Scourfield, S, Sammonds, P, Lishman, B and Marchenko, A (2015). The effect of ice rubble on ice-ice sliding. Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions. Trondheim, Norway 14 - 18 Jun 2015 London South Bank University.

Memory in sea ice friction
Lishman, B and Sammonds, P (2013). Memory in sea ice friction. 22nd International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions (POAC). Espoo, Finland 09 - 13 Jun 2013 London South Bank University.

The influence of ice rubble on sea ice friction
Scourfield, S, Lishman, B and Sammonds, P (2019). The influence of ice rubble on sea ice friction. IUTAM Symposium on Physics and Mechanics of Sea Ice. Espoo, Finland 03 - 07 Jun 2019 Imperial University.

The rate- and state-dependence of sea ice friction
Lishman, B, Sammonds, P, Feltham, D and Wilchinsky, A (2009). The rate- and state-dependence of sea ice friction. 20th International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions. Luleå, Sweden 09 - 12 Jun 2009 London South Bank University.

Arctic Risk: a discussion of the possible outcomes of two disaster scenarios
Lishman, B (2014). Arctic Risk: a discussion of the possible outcomes of two disaster scenarios. UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction.

An investigation of relative thermal expansion of ice and steel
Lishman, B and Marchenko, A (2014). An investigation of relative thermal expansion of ice and steel. 22nd IAHR International Symposium on Ice. Singapore London South Bank University.

A rate and state friction law for saline ice
Lishman, B and Sammonds, P (2011). A rate and state friction law for saline ice. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. 116 (C5). https://doi.org/10.1029/2010JC006334

Critical slip and time dependence in sea ice friction
Lishman, B and Sammonds, P (2013). Critical slip and time dependence in sea ice friction. Cold Regions Science and Technology. 90-91, pp. 9 - 13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coldregions.2013.03.004

Assessing the utility of acoustic communication for wireless sensors deployed beneath ice sheets
Lishman, B, Wadham, J, Drinkwater, B, Kendall, J, Burrow, S, Hilton, G and Craddock, I (2013). Assessing the utility of acoustic communication for wireless sensors deployed beneath ice sheets. Annals of Glaciology. 54 (64), pp. 124 - 134. https://doi.org/10.3189/2013AoG64A022

Thermal expansion measurements in fresh and saline ice using fiber optic strain gauges and multi-point temperature sensors based on Bragg gratings
Marchenko, A, Lishman, B, Wrangborg, D and Thiel, T (2016). Thermal expansion measurements in fresh and saline ice using fiber optic strain gauges and multi-point temperature sensors based on Bragg gratings. Journal of Sensors. p. 5678193. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/5678193

The influence of ice structure on thermo-elastic waves in saline ice
Marchenko, A, Murdza, A and Lishman, B (2016). The influence of ice structure on thermo-elastic waves in saline ice. IAHR International Symposium on Ice. Ann Arbor, MI, USA 31 May - 03 Jun 2016

The tensile strength of saline and freshwater ice in field tests
Chistyakov, P, Karulin, E, Marchenko, A, Sakharov, A and Lishman, B (2016). The tensile strength of saline and freshwater ice in field tests. IAHR International Symposium on Ice. Ann Arbor, MI, USA 31 May - 03 Jun 2016

Use of DIC and AE for Monitoring Effective Strain and Debonding in FRP and FRCM-Retrofitted RC Beams
Pohoryles, D, Melo, J, Rossetto, T, Fabian, M, McCague, C, Stavrianaki, K, Lishman, B and Sargeant, B (2016). Use of DIC and AE for Monitoring Effective Strain and Debonding in FRP and FRCM-Retrofitted RC Beams. Journal of Composites for Construction. 21 (1). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CC.1943-5614.0000715

Novel wireless sensors for in situ measurement of sub-ice hydrologic systems
Bagshaw, E, Lishman, B, Wadham, J, Bowden, J, Burrow, S, Clare, L and Chandler, D (2014). Novel wireless sensors for in situ measurement of sub-ice hydrologic systems. Annals of Glaciology. 55 (65), pp. 41 - 50. https://doi.org/10.3189/2014AoG65A007

The influence of ice rubble on sea ice friction: experimental evidence on the centimetre and metre scales
Scourfield, S, Lishman, B. and Sammonds, P (2022). The influence of ice rubble on sea ice friction: experimental evidence on the centimetre and metre scales. in: Tuhkuri, J and Polojarvi, A (ed.) IUTAM Symposium on Physics and Mechanics of Sea Ice Springer. pp. 51-74

Rethinking and Adapting Approaches to Education for Sustainability to Address Cultural and Behavioural Change and Challenges
Andrews, D, Newton, E. and Lishman, B. (2021). Rethinking and Adapting Approaches to Education for Sustainability to Address Cultural and Behavioural Change and Challenges. 23rd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. on line / Herning Denmark 09 - 10 Sep 2021

Laboratory Investigations of the Bending Rheology of Floating Saline Ice and Physical Mechanisms of Wave Damping In the HSVA Hamburg Ship Model Basin Ice Tank
Marchenko, A., Haase, A., Jensen, A., Lishman, B., Rabault, J., Evers, K–U., Shortt, M. and Thiel, T. (2021). Laboratory Investigations of the Bending Rheology of Floating Saline Ice and Physical Mechanisms of Wave Damping In the HSVA Hamburg Ship Model Basin Ice Tank. Water. 13 (8), p. e1080. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13081080

Ice properties in ISO 19906's second edition
Hoyland, K, Kim, E, Marchenko, A, Lishman, B and Barrette, P (2020). Ice properties in ISO 19906's second edition. 25th IAHR International Symposium on Ice. Trondheim 23 - 27 Nov 2020 The International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR).

Influence of vibrations on indentation and compression strength of sea ice
Lishman, B., Marchenko, A., Karulin, E., Frederking, R., Cole, D., Brown, J., Karulina, M., Sakharov, A., Chistyakov, P., Sodhi, D., Markov, V., Shortt, M. and Sliusarenko, A. (2020). Influence of vibrations on indentation and compression strength of sea ice. 25th IAHR International Symposium on Ice. Trondheim 23 - 27 Nov 2020 The International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR).

Elasticity and viscosity of ice measured in the experiment on wave propagation below the ice in HSVA ice tank
Marchenko, A., Haase, A., Jensen, A., Lishman, B., Rabault, J., Evers, K., Shortt, M. and Thiel, T. (2020). Elasticity and viscosity of ice measured in the experiment on wave propagation below the ice in HSVA ice tank. 25th IAHR International Symposium on Ice. Trondheim 23 - 27 Nov 2020 The International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR).

Elastic moduli of sea ice and lake ice calculated from in-situ and laboratory experiments
Marchenko, A., Grue, J., Karulin, E., Frederking, R., Lishman, B., Chistyakov, P., Karulina, M., Sodhi, D., Renshaw, C., Sakharov, A. and Morozov, E. (2020). Elastic moduli of sea ice and lake ice calculated from in-situ and laboratory experiments. 25th IAHR International Symposium on Ice. Trondheim 23 - 27 Nov 2020 The International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR).

Being bad to do good: using reverse psychology to embed Life Cycle Thinking and knowledge of Sustainable Development Goals in design and engineering curricula
Andrews, D., Lishman, B. and Newton, E. (2020). Being bad to do good: using reverse psychology to embed Life Cycle Thinking and knowledge of Sustainable Development Goals in design and engineering curricula . 2nd International Conference on Life Cycle innovation (LCIC 2020). Online 26 - 28 Aug 2020