Dr Edmond Tobin


Assistant Lecturer

Carlow Campus
e: edmond.tobin@setu.ie | t: 059 9175481
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-6542-2322     ResearchGate Mendeley

  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision
  • Engagement and Collaboration

Research Interests

Dr. Edmond Tobin completed his BEng in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Limeirck (2005). He was awarded a PhD by the same institution on the topic ‘Evaluation and correlation of rain eroded aircraft coatings using surface topography’. Dr. Tobin worked as a research assistant and postdoctoral researcher in the area of rain erosion, design of test rigs and equipment, wind turbine monitoring and blade erosion protection and weathering. He was involved in national and international projects such as IComp (Irish Composites Centre), FP7 Project AEROMUCO and Clean Sky Project SAGE3 ALTD .

Dr. Tobin is involved in standards development with ISO committee TC 35/SC 9/WG 32, ASTM standards committee G02 on Wear and Erosion and is a member of Engineers Ireland.

He joined the Department of Aerospace, Mechanical and Electronic Engineering at SETU Carlow in 2015 as Assistant Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering and is a member of the EngCORE research unit.

His research interests involve design of test rigs, rain erosion of aircraft materials, cavitation erosion, erosion resistant coatings and renewable energies (wind turbine blades).


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Tobin, EF, Young TM. Analysis of Incubation Period Versus Surface Topographical Parameters in Liquid Droplet Erosion Tests. Materials Performance and Characterization, vol 6, no. 2, pp., 2017. doi:10.1520/MPC20160085

Whelan, M., Tobin, E., Cassidy, J. and Duffy, B. Optimization of Anodic Oxidation of Aluminum for Enhanced Adhesion and Corrosion Properties of Sol-Gel Coatings. Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 163(5), pp.C205- C212, 2016

Tobin EF, Young TM, Raps D, Rohr O, Willemse W, Norman P. Surface topography parameters as a correlation factor for liquid droplet erosion test facilities. Wear, 328–329, pp. 318-328, 2015.

Kok M, Tobin EF, Zikmund P, Raps D, Young TM. Laboratory testing of insect contamination with application to laminar flow technologies, Part I: Variables affecting insect impact dynamics. Aerospace Science and Technology, 39, pp.605-613, 2014

Tobin EF, Young TM, Raps D and Rohr O. Comparison of liquid impingement results from whirling arm and water-jet rain erosion test facilities. Wear, 271, pp. 2625-2631, 2011.

Books and Book Chapters

Kok M, Tobin EF., Zikmund P, Raps D, Young TM. Laboratory Investigation into Anti-contamination Coatings for Mitigating Insect Contamination with Application to Laminar Flow Technologies. In:. Advances in Polymer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2017)

Tobin EF. Cloonan AJ, Young TM. Erosion Resistance. In: Multifunctional Composites by Barbero E (2015)

Conference Proceedings and Papers

Berton B, Courty J-C, Kok M, Tobin E, Young TM. Evaluation of functional coatings for laminar flow applications on future business jets through ground and flight testing. AIAA Flight Testing Conference 2014, Atlanta, USA, 16-20 June 2014. (published)

Tobin EF, Young TM, Raps D. Evaluation and correlation of inter-laboratory results from a rain erosion test campaign. Proceedings of the 28th International Congress of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS 2012) Brisbane, Australia, 23-28 September 2012. (published)

Tobin EF, Young TM, Raps D and Rohr O. Comparison of liquid impingement results from whirling arm and water-jet rain erosion test facilities. Proceedings of 18th International Conference on Wear of Materials (WOM 2011), Philadelphia, USA, 3-7 April 2011. (published)

Tobin EF and Young TM. Characterisation tests of a whirling arm rain erosion test facility using aluminium alloy. 5th International Supply on the wings Conference, Frankfurt, Germany, 2–4 November 2010. (published)

Young TM and Tobin EF, Rain erosion testing of composite materials: the design of a laboratory test facility 3rd International Supply on the wings Conference, Frankfurt, Germany, 11-13 November 2008. (published)

Research Supervision

Current Research Students
  • Solomon Onwuegbu ‘Screening of wind turbine blade leading edge materials using cavitation erosion’ - principal supervisor
  • Anthony O’Carrol (University of Limerick) ‘Correlation of Mechanical Properties to Rain Erosion Resistance of Polymeric Materials’ - co-supervisor
Areas of Interest as Supervisor in the future
  • Erosion protection coatings
  • Wind turbine blade erosion
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Rain erosion of aircraft materials
  • Tribology
  • Wear of materials
  • Liquid – Solid Impact
  • Laminar flow considerations
  • Insect contamination of aerospace materials

Engagement and Collaboration

Dr. Tobin has worked previously with Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast on aircraft engine nacelle erosion coatings. He has completed research for a number companies in the aircraft and wind turbine sector on protection and resistance of materials to droplet impact.