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Dr James Campbell

Dr James Campbell
Reader - Structural Integrity


Dr James Campbell is Reader in Structural Integrity and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

James graduated from Cranfield University with a PhD on the numerical modelling of hypervelocity impact on spacecraft and the smoothed particle hydrodynamics method (SPH). 

Prior to his PhD, James graduated from Imperial College London with a BEng in Aeronautical Engineering followed by MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield.


  -  Numerical modelling of the transient response of materials and structures for engineering applications

  -  Fundamental development of physical models and non-linear numerical methods, such as Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH), through implementation and code development up to engineering analysis.

  -  Applications driving this research; structural integrity and failure, impact on spacecraft, aircraft ditching, sloshing, impact on aircraft (birdstrike, ice, hard object), high strain-rate material behaviour, shockwaves in solids, fragmentation and crashworthiness.

Sectors: aeronautics, space, defence, manufacturing, energy and offshore

This expertise is directly linked to teaching and supervision of PhD and MSc students and professional development programmes.

Experience and Qualifications:

James has more than 20 years’ experience leading multidisciplinary research programmes with industry, universities and research organisations (UK and internationally).  

 -  BEng – Aeronautical Engineering, Imperial College London, UK

  -  MSc – Astronautics and Space Engineering, Cranfield University, UK

  -  PhD – Modelling Hypervelocity Impact on Spacecraft and the smoothed particle hydrodynamics method (SPH), Cranfield University, UK

  -  Post Doctoral Research – Centre for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Lab, USA

  -  Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Computational Mechanics, Cranfield University, UK

Newest selected publications

Campbell, JC., Hughes, K., Vignjevic, R., Djordjevic, N., Taylor, N. and Jardine, A. (2022) 'Development of modelling design tool for harpoon for active space debris removal'. International Journal of Impact Engineering, 166. pp. 1 - 13. ISSN: 0734-743X Open Access Link

Journal article

Vignjevic, R., DeVuyst, T. and Campbell, J. (2021) 'The nonlocal, local and mixed forms of the SPH method'. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 387. pp. 1 - 36. ISSN: 0045-7825 Open Access Link

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Anguilano, L., Campbell, J., Tarverdi, K., Minton, T. and Adole, O. (2020) 'Basalt Fibre-Reinforced High Density Polyethylene Composite Development Using the Twin Screw Extrusion Process'. Polymer Testing, 91. pp. 106467 - 106467. ISSN: 0142-9418

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Vignjevic, R., Campbell, J., Hughes, K., Orłowski, M., Garcea, S., Withers, P. and et al. (2019) 'Soft body impact resistance of composite foam core sandwich panels with unidirectional corrugated and tubular reinforcements'. International Journal of Impact Engineering, 132. pp. 103320 - 103320. ISSN: 0734-743X Open Access Link

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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

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