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Dr James Campbell

Dr James Campbell
Reader - Structural Integrity


Dr James Campbell is Reader in Structural Integrity at the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), near Cambridge.

A Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, James obtained a B.Eng in Aeronautics from Imperial College London, an MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering and  PhD on Lagrangian hydrocode modelling of hypervelocity impact on spacecraft from Cranfield University. James subsequently moved to the US to work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a post-doctoral researcher.  James returned to the UK and held academic appointments at Cranfield University from 2001 until 2015 in Computational Mechanics.

James has substantial experience and a successful track record in the leadership and management of international research programmes, industrial consulting and management of research teams. His expertise is directly linked to his teaching and supervision of post-graduate PhD and MSc students and professional development programmes.


James’ expertise is focused on the application of non-linear analysis to the response of structures and materials. This incorporates fundamental development of numerical methods, understanding and modelling key physics (such as material behaviour, contact mechanics), analysis and design of advanced structures.

Specific topics of research interest:

  • Finite element/meshless methods for non-linear solid mechanics, with an emphasis on impact response of solids and structures.
  • Process modelling for metallic additive manufacturing methods and prediction of resulting material properties.
  • The constitutive response of materials, including continuum damage mechanics.
  • Fluid-structure impact, including aircraft ditching, bird strike and sloshing.
  • Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH).
  • Ice impact on structures.

Applications: Aerospace, Off-shore, Automotive, Defence and Energy sectors.


  • IMechE 2009 Derek George Astridge Safety in Aerospace Award
  • The Royal Institute of Naval Architects 2010 Medal of Distinction for best paper published. 


  • Supervision of PhD and Masters research students
  • Masters level teaching in Reliability Engineering, Aircraft Design, Crashworthiness, Structural Stability,  Simulation for Impact and Crashworthiness.
  • Continuing professional development training for engineers in industry covering crashworthiness, aircraft stress analysis and meshless methods.

Newest selected publications

Alabi, AA., Moore, PL., Wrobel, LC., Campbell, JC. and He, W. (2018) 'Tensile Behaviour of S690QL and S960QL under High Strain Rate'. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 150. pp. 570 - 580. ISSN: 0143-974X Open Access Link

Journal article

Hughes, K., Vignjevic, R., De Vuyst, T., Campbell, J., Djordjevic, N., Gulavani, O. and et al. (2018) 'Transferring momentum: Novel drop protection concept for mobile devices'. International Journal of Impact Engineering, 117. pp. 85 - 101. ISSN: 0734-743X Open Access Link

Journal article

Djordjevic, N., Vignjevic, R., Kiely, L., Case, S., De Vuyst, T., Campbell, J. and et al. (2018) 'Modelling of shock waves in fcc and bcc metals using a combined continuum and dislocation kinetic approach'. International Journal of Plasticity, 105 (June 2018). pp. 211 - 224. ISSN: 0749-6419 Open Access Link

Journal article

De Vuyst, T., Vignjevic, R., Azorin Albero, A., Hughes, K., Campbell, JC. and Djordjevic, N. (2017) 'The effect of the orientation of cubical projectiles on the ballistic limit and failure mode of AA2024-T351 sheets'. International Journal of Impact Engineering, 104 (June 2017). pp. 21 - 37. ISSN: 0734-743X Open Access Link

Journal article

DeVuyst, T., Seidl, M., Campbell, JC., Papagiannis, L. and Vignjevic, R. (2015) 'Modelling ricochet of a cylinder on water using ALE and SPH methods'. International Journal of Multiphysics, 9 (3). pp. 287 - 298. ISSN: 1750-9548 Open Access Link

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