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Dr James Campbell

Dr James Campbell
Reader - Structural Integrity

Howell Building 107

Research area(s)

  • Meshless methods for non-linear solid and fluid mechanics
  • Finite element for non-linear solid and structural mechanics
  • Impact Engineering from crashworthiness to hypervelocity impact on spacecraft
  • Constitutive response of materials for strength, damage and shock response
  • Fluid structure impact including aircraft ditching, bird strike and sloshing
  • Process modelling for metallic additive manufacturing

Applications have included: Aerospace and automotive crashworthiness, bird strike, aircraft ditching, ballistic impact, hypervelocity impact, sloshing, material characterisation, manufacturing process modelling.

Research Interests

Dr Campbell’s research is focussed on numerical methods for the response of solids and structures to transient events such as impact and crash. Specific 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), blast and explosive loading, bird strike, ice impact, liquid sloshing and extreme wave impact.

Dr Campbell has successfully won and led a range of collaborative research programmes and industrial projects over the last two decades with UK and international companies, universities and research organisations.  He has been awarded substantial research grant and consultancy income.

Recent and major research grants and projects:

  • Development of Advanced Material Modelling for Metal Additive Manufacturing – TWI/Lloyds Register, 2017-2021.
  • 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 Co-ordinator and Leader
  • Nonlinear Static Multiscale Analysis of Large Aerostructures – EU FP6, 2005-2008.
  • Lagrangian Analysis Technique for Ocean Wave Submersion and Impact – EPSRC, 2004-2007

Research clients and partners include:

  • European Commission (FP5, FP6 and FP7)
  • Innovate UK
  • EPSRC
  • European Space Agency
  • Airbus Operations
  • Airbus Defence and Space
  • Dassault Aviation
  • Alenia Aeronautica
  • AWE
  • Raytheon Systems
  • ESI
  • DLR (German Aerospace Centre)
  • ONERA (French Aerospace Research Centre)
  • Fraunhofer Ernst Mach Institut

Research grants and projects

Research Projects