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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Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • 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

  • Chair of the keynote session at ICWSE 2019 (Brasov)
  • 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

 

Fellowships and Awards

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

 

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 Engagement Activity

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

 

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Wood properties variation and their probabilistic assessment via non-destructive measurement.

Presentation / Conference
Ridley-Ellis, D. (2015, April)
Wood properties variation and their probabilistic assessment via non-destructive measurement
Hosted COST Action FP1004 Training School - Modelling

Theoretical and measured torsional behaviour of rectangular hollow sections.

Conference Proceeding
Ridley-Ellis, D., Owen, J. S. & Davies, G. (2002)
Theoretical and measured torsional behaviour of rectangular hollow sections. ISBN 1-880653-58-3
Theories for torsion of Rectangular Hollow Sections (RHS) are compared and thick wall theory is shown to be a better representation of behaviour. The results of torsion tests ...

Timber grading seminar - Some things you should know about how strength grading works and what is changing in the standards.

Presentation / Conference
Ridley-Ellis, D. (2016, February)
Timber grading seminar - Some things you should know about how strength grading works and what is changing in the standards. Presented at Timber grading seminar, Glasgow, Scotland
Presentations from the seminar on timber grading. "This grading seminar will give you a crash course in timber strength grading, what it is, how it works, and how it is chang...

The Educational Needs of the Timber Industries – Report of an Online Survey by the Centre for Timber Engineering.

Report
Ridley-Ellis, D. & Nolte, S. (2005)
The Educational Needs of the Timber Industries – Report of an Online Survey by the Centre for Timber Engineering
This survey was conducted by the Centre for Timber Engineering (CTE) in summer 2005 to investigate the educational needs and preferences of the timber industries. Both employe...

Strategic Integrated Research in Timber: Getting the most out of the UK's timber resource.

Journal Article
Ridley-Ellis, D., Moore, J., Lyon, A. J., Searles, G. J. & Gardiner, B. A. (2009)
Strategic Integrated Research in Timber: Getting the most out of the UK's timber resource. Non-conventional Materials and Technologies
Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) is the United Kingdom’s main commercial tree species accounting for nearly one-third of the UK's total woodland area and half of its conifer es...

Strength grading and the end user – lessons from the SIRT project at Napier University

Conference Proceeding
Ridley-Ellis, D., Moore, J. & Lyon, A. J. (2008)
Strength grading and the end user – lessons from the SIRT project at Napier University
The paper reviews the research that has been undertaken by the Strategic Integrated Research in Timber (SIRT) project at Napier University, with reference to the technologies,...

TG1/201410/32: Derivation of MTG 960, mtgBATCH 962 and mtgBATCH 966 grading machine settings for UK larch

Working Paper
Ridley-Ellis, D. (2014)
TG1/201410/32: Derivation of MTG 960, mtgBATCH 962 and mtgBATCH 966 grading machine settings for UK larch
Confidential report for CEN TC124 WG2 TG1 Grading machines: MTG 960, mtgBATCH 962, mtgBATCH 966 Manufacturer: Brookhuis Micro Electronics bv Growth area: United Kingdom Specie...

TG1/201410/31rev: Derivation of MTG 920, mtgBATCH 922 and mtgBATCH 926 grading machine settings for UK larch

Working Paper
Ridley-Ellis, D. (2014)
TG1/201410/31rev: Derivation of MTG 920, mtgBATCH 922 and mtgBATCH 926 grading machine settings for UK larch
Confidential report for CEN TC124 WG2 TG1 Grading machines: MTG 920, mtgBATCH 922, mtgBATCH 926 Manufacturer: Brookhuis Micro Electronics bv Growth area: United Kingdom Specie...

TG1/201410/34rev: Derivation of MTG 960, mtgBATCH 962 and mtgBATCH 966 grading machine settings for British Spruce

Working Paper
Ridley-Ellis, D. (2014)
TG1/201410/34rev: Derivation of MTG 960, mtgBATCH 962 and mtgBATCH 966 grading machine settings for British Spruce
Confidential report for CEN TC124 WG2 TG1 Grading machines: MTG 960, mtgBATCH 962, mtgBATCH 966 Manufacturer: Brookhuis Micro Electronics bv Growth area: United Kingdom + Repu...

TG1/201410/33rev: Derivation of MTG 920, mtgBATCH 922 and mtgBATCH 926 grading machine settings for British Spruce

Working Paper
Ridley-Ellis, D. (2014)
TG1/201410/33rev: Derivation of MTG 920, mtgBATCH 922 and mtgBATCH 926 grading machine settings for British Spruce
Confidential report for CEN TC124 WG2 TG1 Grading machines: MTG 920, mtgBATCH 922, mtgBATCH 926 Manufacturer: Brookhuis Micro Electronics bv Growth area: United Kingdom + Repu...

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