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Research area(s)

  • Crash and impact response of structures,
  • Modelling material behaviour under large deformation and high strain rate loading,
  • Solid mechanics
  • The constitutive response of materials, including continuum damage mechanics,
  • material Modelling for Metal Additive Manufacturing,
  • Fluid-structure impact,
  • Aircraft ditching,
  • Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH).

Research Interests

James’ research has focussed on numerical methods for the response of solids and structures to transient events such as impact and crash. Particular interests are meshless methods (SPH), physically based material models, contact and shock wave modelling, transient fluid-structure interaction and prediction of structural ultimate load. This work has been applied to a range of engineering problems including aircraft and automotive crashworthiness, aircraft crash on water (rotorcraft and fixed wing), explosive loading, bird strike, ice impact, liquid sloshing and extreme wave impact.

Research project(s) and grant(s)

  • Basalt Fibre reinforced HDPE for Wave Energy Converters. Innovate UK, 2017-2018.
  • Harpoon impact modelling – Airbus Defence and Space. 2015

  • Smart Aircraft in Emergency Situations (SMAES) . Contract No: FP7–266172. 2011-2014. Project Coordinator.

Research clients and partners include:

  • European Commission (FP5, FP6 and FP7)
  • Innvoate UK
  • European Space Agency
  • Airbus Operations
  • Airbus Defence and Space
  • Dassault Aviation
  • Alenia Aeronautica
  • AWE
  • Thales
  • Raytheon Systems
  • ESI
  • Altair
  • DLR (German Aerospace Centre)
  • ONERA (French Aerospace Research Centre)
  • CIRA (Italian Aerospace Research Agency)
  • CNR-INSEAN (Italian Ship Model Basin)
  • Fraunhofer Ernst Mach Institut
  • University of Patras
  • University of East Anglia
  • Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg

Collaborative research project(s)