Dan Ridley-Ellis

Dan Ridley Ellis

Dr Dan Ridley-Ellis BEng MRes PhD FIMMM

Associate Professor

Biography

Dan Ridley-Ellis is head of the Centre Wood Science and Technology at Edinburgh Napier University. He is one of the UK’s technical experts on guessing the strength of wood and can talk for hours on the topic – which he frequently does if nobody stops him.

His main area of research is understanding the properties of wood, and how they are influenced by tree growth, forest management, and climate. He represents the UK at European Standards Committees for grading of construction timber, and the majority of structural sawn timber produced in the UK is now graded with settings he developed. He was named “woodland hero” for 2016 by Grown in Britain, and is also active in online learning, public engagement and science communication. He is the lead organiser of Bright Club Edinburgh.

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Events

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Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Invited speaker at All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Forestry and Tree Planting
  • CSIC Innovation Champion
  • Judge, Structural Timber Awards 2019
  • Leader, CEN TC124 (Timber Structures) WG 2 TG1 (Task Group for grading and strength properties)
  • Judge, Structural Timber Awards 2018
  • Member - Scottish Forestry and Timber Technologies Skills Group
  • Advisory Board Member of TRADA
  • Secretary, CEN TC124 (Timber Structures) WG 2 TG1 (Task Group for grading and strength properties)
  • Member, CEN TC124 (Timber Structures) WG 2 TG1 (Task Group for grading and strength properties)
  • Member of the Board of the Wood Technology Society (IOM3)
  • Member, UK Timber Grading Committee
  • Member, CEN TC124 (Timber Structures) WG 1 (Test methods)
  • Member, British Standards Committee B/518
  • Member, CEN TC124 (Timber Structures) WG 2 (Solid Timber)
  • Northern UK representative for the Northern European Network for Wood Science & Engineering

 

Conference Activity

  • COST Actions

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editorial board member of the European Journal of Wood and Wood Products
  • Editorial board member of the International Wood Products Journal

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External validator for Technological University Dublin

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Grown in Britain Woodland Hero
  • Edinburgh Beltane Public Engagement Fellow
  • FIMMM
  • Queens Anniversary Prize 2015

 

Invited Speaker

  • Scottish Association for Metals
  • Guest lecturing at Hooke Park
  • Guest lecturing at Ecole Supérieure du Bois (France)
  • Royal Forestry Society's Lawrence Pilling Memorial Lecture

 

Media Activity

  • Interviewed on 2ser radio (Sydney, Australia) about Ethiopian tree planting
  • Quoted in news articles worldwide about Ethiopian tree planting
  • Guest on rialtalk podcast
  • Contributor on BBC World Service programme “The Forum” broadcast on 19 January 2015.
  • have discussed Bright Club live on BBC Radio Scotland’s Comedy Café (29 July 2011) and in pre-recorded interview on BBC Radio Scotland's "Good Morning Scotland" (14 November 2012).
  • BBC Bang Goes The Theory “Ask Yan” expert 2009/10

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Engineering Showoff Performer
  • STEM ambassador
  • Main organiser/trainer of Bright Club Edinburgh and Bright Club Scotland (in which academics do stand-up comedy).

 

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RIAS practice note SC216 - Grade in Britain: enabling a wider range of home-grown species

Other
Ridley-Ellis, D. (2021)
RIAS practice note SC216 - Grade in Britain: enabling a wider range of home-grown species

Alternative UK timber species

Book Chapter
Adams, S., & Ridley-Ellis, D. (2021)
Alternative UK timber species. In Timber 2021 Industry Yearbook (104-111). High Wycombe: TRADA
Steven Adams and Dan Ridley-Ellis discuss the findings of a recent research project into the properties and potential uses of lesser-used species in the UK.

Grade in Britain: enabling a wider range of home grown species

Book Chapter
Ridley-Ellis, D. (2021)
Grade in Britain: enabling a wider range of home grown species. In Timber 2020 Industry Yearbook (132-137). High Wycombe: TRADA
Dan Ridley-Ellis summarises the different home-grown species currently available, and looks to the future of strength grading for an increasingly wide range of species.

Estimating mechanical properties of clear wood from ten‐year‐old Melia azedarach trees using the stress wave method

Journal Article
Van Duong, D., & Ridley-Ellis, D. (in press)
Estimating mechanical properties of clear wood from ten‐year‐old Melia azedarach trees using the stress wave method. European Journal of Wood and Wood Products, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00107-021-01664-8
The objective of this study was to examine the potential of stress wave velocity (SWV) as a rapid and non-destructive method to estimate the mechanical properties of Melia aze...

InFutURe Wood Report 1: Design for deconstruction and reuse of timber structures – state of the art review

Report
Cristescu, C., Honfi, D., Sandberg, K., Sandin, Y., Shotton, E., Walsh, S., …Krofl, Z. (2020)
InFutURe Wood Report 1: Design for deconstruction and reuse of timber structures – state of the art review. ForestValue
This report represents the first publication of the InFutURe Wood project - Innovative Design for the Future – Use and Reuse of Wood (Building) Components. InFutUReWood is sup...

The suitability of home grown timber for construction

Other
Ridley-Ellis, D. (2020)
The suitability of home grown timber for construction. https://www.confor.org.uk/media/2678074/ftn-dec-20.pdf
Dan Ridley-Ellis, Edinburgh Napier University, debugs myths about the quality of home-grown, construction-grade timbers.

Some awkward questions about density

Conference Proceeding
Ridley-Ellis, D., & Cramer, M. (2020)
Some awkward questions about density. In Timber 2020 Conference Proceedings. , (99-110
There are several different concepts of wood density, such as specific gravity, basic density, dry density, and oven dry density. These are often confusing, and sometimes poor...

Analysis of a wooden specimen's mechanical properties through acoustic measurements in the very near field

Journal Article
Pantelić, F., Mijić, M., Šumarac Pavlović, D., Ridley-Ellis, D., & Dudeš, D. (2020)
Analysis of a wooden specimen's mechanical properties through acoustic measurements in the very near field. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 147(4), EL320-EL325. https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0001030
This paper presents the method for prediction of some basic mechanical parameters of a wood specimen by using simple instrumentation. The standard acoustic method for assessme...

The Mechanical and Resonance Assessment of Large Clear Samples of UK-Grown Beech Wood

Journal Article
Ridley-Ellis, D. (2019)
The Mechanical and Resonance Assessment of Large Clear Samples of UK-Grown Beech Wood. Pro Ligno, 15(4), 32-39
The paper presents the results of non-destructive longitudinal resonance (impulse excitation technique), and mechanical flexural testing, of a batch of European beech wood (Fa...

Quantification of chemical changes taking place in spruce wood structure following long period thermal treatment

Presentation / Conference
Popescu, C., Ridley-Ellis, D., & Popescu, M. (2019, August)
Quantification of chemical changes taking place in spruce wood structure following long period thermal treatment. Paper presented at 2DCOS-10, The 10th International Symposium on Two-dimensional Correlation Spectroscopy, Changchun, China
Wood is a natural composite polymer containing different amounts of cellulose, lignin and hemicelluloses and some other low molecular compounds (i.e. extractives). Due to its ...

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