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Robin Patrick Mooney
Research Fellow/Adj Assistant Prof, Mechanical & Manuf. Eng


Dr. Robin Patrick Mooney (BEng, ME, PgDip, PgEd, PhD) is a Research Fellow and Adjunct Asst. Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. Robin received his Bachelors and Master's Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Bolton Street, in 2002 and 2003, respectively. At DIT Robin was awarded the Beta Medal and Gold Medal for academic excellence; subsequently, he worked at DIT for two years as a Mechanical Engineering Lecturer. Following this, Robin spent seven years working in industry as professional Project Manager for a leading Irish Design and Architecture firm (Douglas Wallace) where he managed domestic and international projects. During this time Robin completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management from Trinity College. In 2010 Robin was awarded funding by the European Space Agency (ESA), via Enterprise Ireland's PRODEX scheme, to complete a PhD. In 2014 Robin was awarded 3-years of Postdoctoral Research funding again through the ESA. Robin is currently working in two ESA Microgravity Applications Programme research groups: CETSOL and GRADECET. Robin lectures on the 3B7 Manufacturing Engineering undergraduate module and the 5B2 Advanced Materials Masters level modules at Trinity College Dublin. He is currently completing his Masters in Higher Education at Trinity College.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Robin Patrick Mooney, Laszlo Sturz, Gerhard Zimmermann, Shaun McFadden, Thermal characterisation with modelling for a microgravity experiment into polycrystalline equiaxed dendritic solidification with in-situ observation, International Journal of Thermal Sciences, 125, 2018, p283 - 292 Journal Article, 2018 URL DOI

Shaun McFadden, Robin P. Mooney, Laszlo Sturz, Gerhard Zimmermann, A Nucleation Progenitor Function approach to polycrystalline equiaxed solidification modelling with application to a microgravity transparent alloy experiment observed in-situ, Acta Materialia, (in press), 2018 Journal Article, 2018 DOI URL

Robin Patrick Mooney, Shaun McFadden, Theoretical analysis to interpret projected image data from in-situ 3-dimensional equiaxed nucleation and growth, Journal of Crystal Growth, 480, 2017, p43 - 50 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text DOI URL

Miroslaw Seredyński, Sara Battaglioli, Robin Mooney, A Robinson, Jerzy Banaszek, Shaun McFadden, Code-to-code verification of an axisymmetric model of the Bridgman solidification process for alloys, International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, 27, (5), 2017 Journal Article, 2017 URL DOI

G. Zimmermann, L. Sturz, H. Nguyen-Thi, N. Mangelinck-Noel, Y. Z. Li, L. D.-R., C.-A. Gandin, R. Fleurisson, G. Guillemot, S. McFadden, R. P. Mooney, P. W. Voorhees, A. Roosz, A. Ronaföldi, C. Beckermann, A. Karma, N. Warnken, A. Saad, G.-U. Grün, M. Grohn, I. Poitrault, T. Pehl, I. Nagy, D. Todt, O. Minster, W. Sillekens, Columnar and equiaxed solidification in a microgravity environment - The CETSOL project, 6th Decennial International Conference on Solidification Processing, SP17, Old Windsor, UK, 25-07-2017, edited by Z. Fan , 2017, pp300 - 303 Conference Paper, 2017 TARA - Full Text

Zimmermann, G. Sturz, L. Nguyen-Thi, H. Mangelinck-Noel, N. Li, Y. Z. Gandin, C.-A. Fleurisson, R. Guillemot, G. McFadden, S. Mooney, R. P. Voorhees, P. Roosz, A. Ronaföldi, A. Beckermann, C. Karma, A. Chen, C.-H. Warnken, N. Saad, A. Grün, G.-U. Grohn, M. Poitrault, I. Pehl, T. Nagy, I. Todt, D. Minster, O. Sillekens, W., Columnar and Equiaxed Solidification of Al-7 wt.% Si Alloys in Reduced Gravity in the Framework of the CETSOL Project, The Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), 69, (8), 2017, p1269 - 1279 Journal Article, 2017 URL DOI

Robin Patrick Mooney, Shaun McFadden, Sensitivity analysis of dendritic growth kinetics in a Bridgman furnace front tracking model, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 117, (1), 2016, p012012 Journal Article, 2016 DOI TARA - Full Text

Sara Battaglioi; Robin Patrick Mooney; Anthony Robinson; Shaun McFadden, Macroscale modelling of Bridgman furnace solidification for the prediction of texture evolution and columnar to equiaxed transition, 8th International Conference on Multiscale Materials Modeling, Dijon, France, 9/10/2016, Institute of Physics, 2016 Poster, 2016 TARA - Full Text URL

Robin Patrick Mooney, A Theoretical Overview of Unlearning in Engineering, Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Review, 1, 2016, p181 - 191 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text

R. P. Mooney, J. Lapin, A. Klimová, and S. McFadden, Conditions for CET in a gamma TiAl alloy, IOP Conference Series Material Science and Engineering, 84, 2015, p012088- Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text URL

R. P. Mooney, U. Hecht, Z. Gabalcová, J. Lapin and S. McFadden, Directional solidification of a TiAl alloy by combined Bridgman and power-down technique, Kovové materiály - Metallic Materials, 53, (3), 2015, p187 - 197 Journal Article, 2015 URL

Mirosław Seredyński, Sara Battaglioli, Robin Patrick Mooney, Anthony Robinson, Jerzy Banaszek, Shaun McFadden, Verification of a 2D axisymmetric model of the Bridgman solidification process for metallic alloys, Numerical Heat Transfer 2015, Eurotherm Seminar No 109, Gliwice-Warsaw, 27/09/2015, edited by Andrzej J. Nowak , Jerzy Banaszek, Bozidar arler , Silesian University of Technology and Warsaw University of Technology, 2015, pp295 - 303 Conference Paper, 2015 URL

R. P. Mooney, A Bridgman Furnace Front Tracking Model, University of Dublin, Trinity College, 2015 Thesis, 2015 TARA - Full Text URL

S. Battaglioli, R. P. Mooney, M. Seredyñski, A. Robinson, S. McFadden, Computer Modelling of Manufacturing Processes: The Development of a 2D Axisymmetric Model of the Bridgman Casting Process, 32nd International Manufacturing Conference, Queens University Belfast, 3-4 September, edited by J. Butterfield, P. Hermon , 2015 Conference Paper, 2015 DOI TARA - Full Text

Mooney, R.P., McFadden, S., Order verification of a Bridgman furnace front tracking model in steady state, Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 48, 2014, p24 - 34 Journal Article, 2014 DOI TARA - Full Text

R. P. Mooney, S. McFadden, The Role of Verification in Computer Modelling: A Case Study in Solidification Processing, 31st International Manufacturing Conference, IMC-31, Cork Institute of Technology, 4-5 Sep 2014, 2014, pp173 - 180 Conference Paper, 2014 DOI TARA - Full Text

J. Lapin, Z. Gabalcová, U. Hecht, R. P. Mooney, S. McFadden, "Columnar to Equiaxed Transition in Peritectic TiAl Based Alloy Studied by a Power-Down Technique, Materials Science Forum, 6th International Conference on Solidification and Gravity , Miskolc, Lillafured, Hungary, 2-5 Sep 2013, edited by A. Roósz, K. Tomolya , 790-791, Trans Tech Publications Inc., 2014, pp193 - 198 Conference Paper, 2014 TARA - Full Text DOI

R.P. Mooney, S. McFadden, Z. Gabalcova, J. Lapin, An experimental-numerical method for estimating heat transfer in a Bridgman furnace, Applied Thermal Engineering, 67, (1-2), 2014, p61 - 71 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text DOI

R. Mooney and S. McFadden, An investigation into Bridgman furnace solidification of titanium alloys, 30th International Manufacturing Conference, University College dublin, 3-4 September, edited by G. Byrne, B. Mullaney, P. Connolly, E. Ahearne , 2013 Conference Paper, 2013 TARA - Full Text DOI

R. P. Mooney, S. McFadden, M. Rebow and D. J. Browne, A Front Tracking Model for Transient Solidification of Al-7wt%Si in a Bridgman Furnace, Transactions of the Indian Institute of Metals, 65, (6), 2012, p527 - 530 Journal Article, 2012 DOI TARA - Full Text

R. Mooney, D. Browne, O. Budenkova, Y. Fautrelle, L. Froyen, A. Kartavykh, S. McFadden, S. Rex, B. Schmitz, D. Voss, Review of the MAXUS 8 sounding rocket experiment to investigate solidification in a Ti-Al-Nb alloy, Special Publication, 20th ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research, Hyere, France, 22/5/2011, 700, European Space Agency, 2011, pp253 - 258 Conference Paper, 2011 URL DOI

R. P. Mooney, S. McFadden, M. Rebow, D. J. Browne, A front tracking model of the MAXUS-8 microgravity solidification experiment on a Ti-45.5at.%Al-8at.%Nb alloy, IOP Conf. Ser.:Mat. Sci. Eng., 27, (012020), 2011 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

R. Mooney, A. O'Dwyer, A case study in modeling and process control: the control of a pilot scale heating and ventilation system, 23rd International Manufacturing Conference, IMC-23, Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, Aug 2006, 2006, pp123 - 130 Conference Paper, 2006 URL URL

R. Mooney, A. O'Dwyer, The gain-scheduled control of a non-linear laboratory heating and ventilation process, IEE Irish Signals and Systems Conference , Dublin, Ireland, 2005, 2005, pp42 - 47 Conference Paper, 2005 DOI

R. Mooney, The Estimation and Control of a Laboratory Heating and Ventilation System, Dublin Institute of Technology, 2003 Thesis, 2003 URL URL

Research Expertise


  • Title
    • Gravity Dependence of Columnar to Equiaxed Transition in Gamma TiAl Alloys
  • Summary
    • The GRADECET project aims to investigate the influence of gravity on microstructure formation and segregation in peritectic Ti-Al alloys. Experiments are to be carried out under microgravity, 1-g and hyper-g (up to 20g) conditions. The GRADECET project consolidates and complements microgravity investigations of Al-Ti alloys carried out in the framework of the integrated project IMPRESS.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Space Agency
  • Date From
    • 1 Mar 2011
  • Date To
    • ongoing
  • Title
    • Columnar-to-Equiaxed Transition in Solidification Processing
  • Summary
    • The major objective CETSOL is to improve and validate the modelling of Columnar-Equiaxed Transition (CET) and of the grain microstructure in solidification processing. This aims to give industry confidence in the reliability of the numerical tools introduced in their integrated numerical models of casting, and their relationship. To achieve this goal, intensive deepening of the quantitative characterization of the basic physical phenomena that, from the microscopic to the macroscopic scales, govern microstructure formation and CET will be pursued. This endeavor will be based on the benchmark data obtained from systematic series of critical experiments under diffusive conditions (critical experiments under convective conditions), with fluid flow in the melt due to natural buoyancy-driven convection (convection controlled by applying an external field, magnetic field or vibration).
  • Funding Agency
    • European Space Agency
  • Date From
    • Oct 2014
  • Date To
    • ongoing


BRIDGMAN GROWTH; casting; CHARACTERISATION; Columnar to equiaxed transition; Control Systems (Mechanical Engineering); gamma titanium alloys; HEAT TRANSFER; Manufacturing (Mechanical Engineering); Mathematical Modelling; Mechanical Engineering; SOLIDIFICATION