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Dr James Campbell

Dr James Campbell
Reader - Structural Integrity

Research area(s)

Development of physical models and non-linear numerical methods

  • Meshless methods for non-linear solid and fluid mechanics - methods and code development for Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH).
  • Artificial viscosity methods for shock wave modelling.
  • Implementation of boundary and contact conditions in numerical codes.
  • Constitutive models for strength, damage and shock response of isotropic and orthotropic materials.
  • Numerical implementation of constitutive models for meshed (finite element) and meshless (SPH) codes.
  • Experimental characterisation of materials.

Application of explicit numerical methods to the transient response of solids and structures:

  • Crashworthiness and ditching analysis for aircraft and helicopters.
  • Impact engineering: Ballistic and foreign object impact on structures, bird strike, ice impact on structures, fragmentation of metals, hypervelocity impact on spacecraft.
  • Transient fluid-structure interaction: aircraft ditching, liquid sloshing, bird strike, extreme wave impact.
  • Process modelling for metallic additive manufacturing.
  • Structural ultimate load prediction.

Research Interests

Research interests are focused on numerical modelling of the transient response of solids and structures with applications across aeronautics, space, defence, automotive, manufacturing, energy and offshore.

Applications from outstanding candidates intreested in doctoral research are welcome at any time of the year. Please email

James has a successful track record of leading collaborative research programmes and industrial projects over the last two decades. These programmes have involved UK and international companies, universities and research organisations.

Recent and major research grants:

  • Principal Investigator. Development of Advanced Material Modelling for Metal Additive Manufacturing, 2017-2021.
  • Principal Investigator. Basalt Fibre Reinforced HDPE for Wave Energy Converters, 2017-2018.
  • Co-Investigator. Harpoon Impact Modelling, 2015.
  • Principal Investigator. Smart Aircraft in Emergency Situations (SMAES), 2011-2014. Project Co-ordinator and Leader.
  • Principal Investigator. Nonlinear Static Multiscale Analysis of Large Aerostructures, 2005-2008.
  • Co-Investigator. Lagrangian Analysis Technique for Ocean Wave Submersion and Impact, 2004-2007.

Research clients and partners include:

  • Airbus Defence and Space
  • Airbus Operations
  • Alenia Aeronautica
  • AWE
  • Dassault Aviation
  • DLR (German Aerospace Centre)
  • European Commission (FP5, FP6, FP7)
  • European Space Agency
  • Innovate UK
  • Lloyds Register Foundation
  • ONERA (French Aerospace Research Centre)
  • Raytheon Systems
  • TWI

Research grants and projects

Research Projects