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Andrew Palmer

Andrew Palmer

Professor Andrew Palmer FREng FRS


Elected: 1994


Andrew Palmer has made significant contributions to the mechanics of solids. As a consulting engineer, he is distinguished for his numerous applications of classical mechanics to a wide range of problems in offshore engineering. His early work resolved crucial problems in plasticity theory, particularly concerning the localisation of flow. As a lecturer in Cambridge, he established for the first time the circumstances in which a buckle, once initiated, propagates indefinitely along a steel pipe on the sea bed. He is a leading authority on the incremental movement of pipes on the sea bed on account of cyclic pressure and temperature changes — an important and difficult area in which his knowledge of soil mechanics, stability theory and nonlinear analysis puts him in a uniquely strong position. He is also a leading authority on ice mechanics and the design of offshore installations to withstand pressure from advancing ice sheets; he identified and analysed the phenomenon of scale-dependent ice strength.

Professional positions

Managing Director, Bold Island Engineering (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Engineering
    • Engineering, civil
  • Other
    • Science policy


Arctic engineering, Ice, Pipelines, Offshore engineering, Applied mechanics, geotechnics

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